The Fixing the Link solutions

Explore the wayfinding that we are putting in place to 'Fix the Link' and create a stronger walking route between Colchester Station and town centre.
We are using lamp columns along the Fixing the Link route to show the walking time left until you get to Colchester town centre. They also work in reverse when walking back to Colchester train station. They are bright yellow in colour, so are not easily missed, and count down from 20 minutes to 2 minutes.

We are using lamp columns along the Fixing the Link route to show the walking time left until you get to Colchester town centre. They also work in reverse when walking back to Colchester train station. They are bright yellow in colour, so are not easily missed, and count down from 20 minutes to 2 minutes.

This Fixing the Link route map has all the proposed wayfinding elements on it; from the underpass graphics at Colchester train station that lead to the 2.2 metre elephant sculpture at the start of the route, via the planters, banners and lighting of the church, to the smaller elephants that mark the end of the trail in the town centre. The theme of elephants and the colour yellow works to tie the trail together, and we hope it will encourage more visitors to use the route.

This Fixing the Link route map has all the proposed wayfinding elements on it; from the underpass graphics at Colchester train station that lead to the 2.2 metre elephant sculpture at the start of the route, via the planters, banners and lighting of the church, to the smaller elephants that mark the end of the trail in the town centre. The theme of elephants and the colour yellow works to tie the trail together, and we hope it will encourage more visitors to use the route.

This graphic will be the first wayfinding element you see when leaving the platform at Colchester Station. It will be positioned in the underpass at the station and will clearly show the way to the town centre. Note the bright yellow colour, which will be repeated along the route.

This graphic will be the first wayfinding element you see when leaving the platform at Colchester Station. It will be positioned in the underpass at the station and will clearly show the way to the town centre. Note the bright yellow colour, which will be repeated along the route.

This 2.2 metre tall elephant sculpture will stand on Colchester Station’s south-side forecourt. It is positioned as if walking towards the town centre and includes a basic map showing the route and points of interest. A plaque lets visitors know that they need to follow the elephants and the colour yellow to get to the town centre. This will give visitors more confidence that they are using the quickest route to the town.

This 2.2 metre tall elephant sculpture will stand on Colchester Station’s south-side forecourt. It is positioned as if walking towards the town centre and includes a basic map showing the route and points of interest. A plaque lets visitors know that they need to follow the elephants and the colour yellow to get to the town centre. This will give visitors more confidence that they are using the quickest route to the town.

Alongside the wayfinding elements, we also wanted to improve the feel of the Fixing the Link route from Colchester Station to the town centre. We will be adding some planters to the Albert roundabout. These will be made of the same Corten steel material as the elephant sculptures and will have an elephant on them to show they are connected to the wayfinding trail.

Alongside the wayfinding elements, we also wanted to improve the feel of the Fixing the Link route from Colchester Station to the town centre. We will be adding some planters to the Albert roundabout. These will be made of the same Corten steel material as the elephant sculptures and will have an elephant on them to show they are connected to the wayfinding trail.

The history along the ‘Fixing the Link’ route from Colchester Station to the town centre is very interesting. There are many points of interest along the one-mile route that we wanted to bring to visitors' attention. We are going to do this by installing information plaques. These will act as pause points to help break up the 20 minute journey and celebrate the history of the town.

The history along the ‘Fixing the Link’ route from Colchester Station to the town centre is very interesting. There are many points of interest along the one-mile route that we wanted to bring to visitors' attention. We are going to do this by installing information plaques. These will act as pause points to help break up the 20 minute journey and celebrate the history of the town.

We will be lighting the top of St Peter’s Church on North Hill.  The church is a focal point along the route and will work with the other wayfinding elements to guide visitors to the town centre.

We will be lighting the top of St Peter’s Church on North Hill. The church is a focal point along the route and will work with the other wayfinding elements to guide visitors to the town centre.

Using the walking routes strong historic association with elephants, we are marking the start and end of the route with elephant sculptures. They will be made of cor-ten steel and will be lit at night. These two elephants will mark the end of the route in Colchester High Street.

Using the walking routes strong historic association with elephants, we are marking the start and end of the route with elephant sculptures. They will be made of cor-ten steel and will be lit at night. These two elephants will mark the end of the route in Colchester High Street.

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