Hundreds of Colchester drivers fined after roadworks diversion takes them through bus lane

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Hundreds of drivers were fined after a roadwork diversion took them through a bus lane. 517 drivers received fines in Hythe Hill in Colchester in May.

Anglian Water had been conducting works in the area and a contractor, TBF Traffic, had installed signs on their behalf which directed drivers into a bus gate, causing the Penalty Charge notices to be issued. Essex Highways claimed that motorists were "wrongly" directed into the bus gate due to incorrect signage.

A spokesperson for Essex Highways said: "We’d like to apologise to road users who received a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) after being wrongly directed into the bus gate by incorrect signage installed by Anglian Water.

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"We understand 517 PCNs have been issued to drivers who used the bus gate as part of the diversion route between 16 and 21 May. All of these will be refunded and 80 have been to date.

£Anyone who has received a PCN after driving through the bus gate should contact or via the details on the back of the PCN. We are currently in contact with Anglian Water to understand how this error occurred and to seek assurance it won't happen again.”

Anglian Water was contacted for comment, who told EssexLive: "The work that was taking place on Hythe Hill was to repair a burst main and to enable us to do this work safely, we needed to close the road and have a diversion put in place. Regarding the signage, a third-party traffic management company are responsible and we’re currently trying to get in touch with the company to get them to rectify it."

EssexLive has also contaced TBF Traffic for comment.

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