From Monday 1st February for nine days – weekdays 8.00am to 4.00pm

Brightlingsea Town Council has been working closely with Essex County Council Highways to ensure the most sensible routes for the heavy vehicle movements in and out of the Shipyard Estate. Members of the Town Council considered various traffic management options before recommending the most logical of these to ECC. This has been accepted by ECC Highways and will be in operation from Monday, 1st February for approximately the seven working days. The full co-operation of Tendring DC has been greatly appreciated with their provision of alternative free parking arrangements, and we celebrate the success of three councils coming together to work positively on this difficult project.

BTC, TDC and ECC apologise for the inconvenience this road closure will cause to residents and users, but hopefully the alternative parking arrangements will offer some relief to those local residents directly affected by the re-routing.

These are major road works to Colne Road made necessary by the volume of traffic and of weight HGV lorries. Thus, BTC has agreed with ECC that the repairs are substantial and more long term.

The system is devised to separate incoming and outgoing HGV traffic to and from the Shipyard Estate. The routes will be clearly signed. These arrangements will apply from 8.00am to 4,00pm weekdays. Note, road open at weekends

Incoming – all vehicles:
Traffic to follow down Lower Park Road >
Turn left into Station Road >
Turn right at Victoria Gardens >
Follow along the High Street >
Turn right into New Street>
Turn left into Waterside
(Worth mentioning Veolia refuse lorries and others use New Street every week)

Heavy goods vehicles to be held in the Shipyard Estate and released every hour in a Highway’s-led convoy to follow along Colne Road while work is halted to allow it to pass. Thereafter, to take the usual straight-ahead route back out of Brightlingsea.
(Note: It is not envisaged there will be any restrictions in Tower Street or Sydney Street)

Incoming – all vehicles:

Cones will be placed in the pinch points to disallow parking during construction hours. This is to allow large vehicles and buses to pass.

Parking in New Street:

No parking will be allowed on the odd numbered side of the road from 8.00am to 4.00pm weekdays.

Free parking will be permitted in the Tower Street and Victoria Place car parks, also the Community Centre and Oyster Tank Road car park. The North Essex Parking Partnership will relax restrictions from 8.00am to 4.00pm weekdays, unless parked vehicles present a nuisance or hazard.


  • To achieve the best long-term repair to Colne Road.
  • To avoid the situation where an HGV going down New Street meets an HGV going up!
  • To minimise inconvenience to residents and businesses.

If you have any questions you would like to raise, please contact the Parish Hall on 01206 303535 or email:

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