CAUSE is a co-founder of ‘A Better Way’, principles for good development:


*Dr Falk, Wolfson Economics prize-winner sets out why, here:  Neighbourhoods not stand-alone

The Metro Plan

CAUSE was challenged by MPs to create a strategic plan for north Essex.    We pulled together a team of experts and did just that.   The result was a vision which supports the local economy, is based around under-utilised transport and locates houses near to jobs.

Metro Plan what is it

Benefits of CAUSE’s Metro Plan:

  • Infrastructure first, making use of an under-utilised rail asset which can offer a frequent metro service.

  • It is a sustainable, transit-oriented solution which helps to ease congestion on our over-crowded roads.

  • It supports the local economy and is based around the jobs of the University, the Knowledge Gateway, Colchester Town Centre and the ports.

  • The vision captures maximum land value uplift for re-investment.

  • It is deliverable in the plan period to 2032.

  • It is closely aligned with Ebenezer Howard’s garden city principles.

The plan was prepared by a team which included:

  • Dr Nicholas Falk (internationally recognised urban designer and winner of the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize);
  • Tim Pharoah, Transport Consultant;
  • Joanna Chambers, Planning Consultant;
  • Jonathan Tyler, Railway Consultant;
  • Alan Stones, Architect and Urban Designer

To find out more, please click below for full reports:


Overview Colchester Metro Plan

CAUSE vision versus West Tey matrix


Jonathan Tyler CAUSE Report FINAL

Tim Pharoah Living Transport report for CAUSE FINAL










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