Plenty of room in Colchester as Priory Street Car Park reopens

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Happy New Year.  I thought I’d use the first post of 2017 to update you on works to and around car parks in Colchester; Priory Street and St Mary’s.

My colleagues and I at the NEPP were excited to see Priory Street Car Park officially reopened last week after an extensive refurbishment. It now has a high quality surface, improved landscaping and architectural lighting to celebrate the Town Wall that runs down one side of the car park; creating a more attractive area for everyone (see picture above).

Regular users of this car park will also be pleased to hear that the new layout has been designed to improve vehicle and pedestrian access and it has been relined with wider spaces to allow better access for disabled people and people with pushchairs. New ‘pay and display’ machines have been installed, enabling you to pay via your contactless or chip card; these run alongside other cashless payment options including ApplePay, MiPermit online, text and phone, or coin.

The other car park I wanted to quickly mention was St Mary’s. You may have heard that Essex County Council are replacing the footbridge across Balkerne Hill, which has bought in some road closures around the area. I just wanted to reassure our customers that the car park will remain open during these works, but for the duration of the works the slip road from St Mary’s Car Park onto Balkerne Hill will be closed. An alternative route will be clearly signposted via the St Mary’s Fields, bringing drivers onto the Lexden Road roundabout. If you would like to find out more about these works visit Essex County Council’s website

Merry Christmas!

With Christmas just two sleeps away, we’re all feeling very festive here at the NEPP and wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Keep safe and enjoy the celebrations and as it’s a very busy time of year on the roads you may find the following local travel news and advice useful over the coming weeks:

BBC Essex Travel

Essex Highways – Winter Travel

Essex Police – Winter Driving

It’s Christmas Time!

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With Christmas just four days away, we’re all feeling very festive here at the NEPP and wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year – we’ve even come up with a Christmas parking song for you this year:

“With Christmas time being oh so near
And noting the signs indicating don’t park here
We hope you have a happy Christmas and New Year
But please don’t drive after drinking beer”

Keep safe and enjoy the celebrations and as it’s a very busy time of year on the roads you may find the following local travel news and advice useful over the coming weeks:

BBC Essex Travel
Essex Highways – Winter Travel
Essex Police – Winter Driving

Remember, remember…. when parking in fog!

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As I was on my way into work in the foggy weather this morning, I was listening to the radio and hearing all the travel disruption the fog was causing and it got me thinking about the dangers of fog. With the weather forecasts suggesting the fog may hang around for a few more days yet, I thought that this week I would blog about parking in fog!

Highway Code Rule 251 says “Parking in fog. It is especially dangerous to park on the road in fog. If it is unavoidable, leave your parking lights or sidelights on.”

As the rule says, if parking on a road is unavoidable, please park safely and legally and ensure that your vehicle is visible to other road users (as per rule 251) to improve visibility and hopefully avoid any incidents.

The NEPP takes safety extremely seriously and whilst we can’t issue Penalty Charge Notices for vehicles parked on the road in fog without any lights on, it is something which every motorist should do to keep everyone who uses the roads safe.

If you are learning to drive at the moment or just fancy a refresher of the Highway Code, you may find the Government’s Highway Code webpage about waiting and parking useful.