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Campaign Against Urban Sprawl in Essex (CAUSE)

Campaign Against Urban Sprawl in Essex (CAUSE)

The Colchester Metro concept is a valid option for structuring housing and related growth for Colchester and Tendring, based on the underused Colchester to Clacton line (and to some extent the Walton branch). Services can be increased to provide every hour: two regional trains (limited stop and including  one to Liverpool Street) and four local trains (via Colchester Town). This will provide an extremely attractive public transport spine linking new areas of growth around stations on the line with the existing towns and communities. This rail corridor approach is feasible in operational terms, and exploits an existing valuable but greatly underused asset.


The Colchester-Clacton rail corridor is physically capable of accommodating a substantial amount of housing growth, estimated at 6,000 ? 8,000 homes depending on land constraints and density. This rail-based growth would be distributed between the following station catchment areas: Alresford, Great Bentley, Weeley, and Thorpe le Soken. The catchment is defined as a 10-minute walk from the station. There would be benefits for existing communities, including the villages, by bringing extra local facilities and employment, although the existing populations may not accept that these outweigh perceived disbenefits of development.

LocationColchester UK
Client(s)CAUSE, Campaign Against Urban Sprawl in Essex
Team(s)Tim Pharoah and Jonathan Tyler


Transit oriented development, TOD, Rail-based development, sustainable development, sustainable transport, Colchester, Essex, CAUSE, Campaign Against Urban Sprawl in Essex,

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