Does Halstead Need a Bypass

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Halstead is a small market town in South East England, North Essex, and within 15 miles west of Colchester. Halstead is next to the River Colne, and is situated in the Colne Valley. Halstead has a population of 10 000 and is also the only settlement of its size in the Essex region without a bypass. Halstead was also a weaving town (where sheep’s wool is made into clothe).

Halstead is central to several big towns, such as Colchester, Braintree and Haverhill. Everyday traffic from all these towns has to pass through Halstead high street in order to commute, this usually results in Halstead becoming greatly congested on a regular basis, increasing air and noise pollution, and therefore Halstead central could hugely benefit from a bypass.

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A bypass is a route, which is built to avoid or ‘bypass’ congestion in a built up town or village, this lets traffic flow without interferences from local traffic, this improves congestion and road safety.

There are many reasons for and against the construction of a bypass.


  • Less congestion in town.
  • Less pollution in town central.
  • Lorries would no longer have to drive through the town.
  • Both noise and air pollution would decrease in town.
  • Local builders would hugely benefit, from work needed.
  • It will be quicker for people to travelling to ...

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Overall rating: 4 out of 5. -Well structured report: reader has clear vision of what the report sets out to do and of the location being investigated. -Clear review of positive and negative impacts, though these could be more detailed with WHY, HOW and secondary impacts acknowledged/discussed. This could also be structured around the categories of social, environmental and economic impacts. - Well supported conclusion. A consideration of the other viewpoint could be included here eg. 'even though... I still think...'.