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New Public Amenity Area to be Unveiled as Part of Fixing The Link Project

Date published: 7 November 2017

The completion of the first phase of the Fixing the Link trail - helping connect Colchester Station with Colchester Town Centre - is to be marked at a special event on Friday (10 November).

Launched last year, the project seeks to create a more welcoming and positive first impression of Colchester for those arriving in the town by train. 

It is designed to encourage more people to walk the one-mile route from the station to the high street, with the aim of getting people to stay longer and visit the shops, businesses and restaurants along the route.

The Fixing the Link initiative, the first of its kind in the east of England, is a partnership between Colchester Borough Council, Greater Anglia, and Essex County Council working with designers Dallas Pierce Quintero.

The first stage of this ambitious project has included installing elephant sculptures at the station and in the High Street, banners informing visitors how long it will take them to walk from the station to the town centre, historical information plaques and the lighting of St Peters Church.

To mark the completion of this work a new seating and landscaped area with a cast bronze 3D model showing the original Roman walls and gateways will be unveiled at Middleborough at 2.30pm on Friday 10 November.  

The special unveiling on Friday will be attended by Colchester Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Public Safety and Licensing, Cllr Mike Lilley; Jon Dallas from Dallas Pierce Quintero; and representatives from Essex County Council, Greater Anglia, Colchester in Bloom, and contractors Henderson and Taylor.

Councillor Mike Lilley, Colchester Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Public Safety and Licensing, said: "The station is one of the key entry points for people visiting our town. It is vital we create the environment as soon as they leave the station to show them that Colchester is the fun and vibrant place we all know it is.

"The Fixing the Link trail will ensure the town centre is more accessible and inviting for all, directing people to the fantastic mix of shops, restaurants, bars, history and entertainment on offer."

Project Designer, Jonathan Dallas from Dallas Pierce Quintero, said: "We are delighted to be working on this innovative project and seeing it through to completion. With the support of the project partners we have produced a variety of aspirational and engaging directional elements for the enjoyment of visitors and locals for many years to come."

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Skills, Infrastructure and the Digital Economy, said: "This scheme will encourage pedestrians to walk along this key route between two important hubs for business and transport in Colchester, helping to deliver the aspirations for sustainable residential and employment growth in Colchester.

"This is a great example of partnership working between Essex County Council, Greater Anglia and Colchester Borough Council during the development and delivery of this flagship scheme."
Greater Anglia Head of Corporate Affairs Jonathan Danby said: "We were very pleased to work with Colchester Borough and Essex County Councils on this project which makes it much easier for people to find their way to and from Colchester station and the town centre on foot.

"It is one of the ways in which we are supporting local communities and helping to grow the economy of East Anglia."

To find out more about the project and to see how it has developed visit the 'Fixing the Link' website www.colchester.gov.uk/fixingthelink or watch the Fixing the Link video www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X4XDgJWics