Rapid Transit System proposals
The successful Housing Infrastructure Fund bid also saw funding provided for the first elements of a new Rapid Transit System for Colchester.
This will see the development of a route running from the existing Park and Ride on the A12, through the town centre, heading east to the new garden community and a propsed new 'park and Choose' site.
Park and Choose is an evolution of Park and Ride, creating a transport hub for people looking to access other forms of transport, for example it could offer cycle storage and lockers, electric bikes, connections into the wider bus network as well as parking facilites.
What make an RTS unlike other public transport is that will see high frequency (every ten minutes or less) services on segregated or priority corridors, so meaning it takes priority over other traffic.
For the purpose of delivery, the RTS proposals have been split into four sections. Section A uses an already approved route between the Park and Ride site on the A12 and the Albert Roundabout.
Section D covers the section within the Garden Community itself and would be considered as part of the masterplanning proces.The consultation held last year, therefore, looked at Section B from the Albert Roundabout to the Greenstead Roundabout and Section C from the Greenstead Roundabout to the Garden Community.
Within the consultation several route options were set out. The comments and views given were assessed alongside the engineering feasibility and the ability to meet the overall objectives.
It has been agreed that Options B2 and B5 and Options C1 and C2 along with the route through the town centre will now be further developed ahead of a final route selection.