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Sep 14, 2017
emilyharrup

P&R added to bus network map

We have recently updated our bus network map to include the Park and Ride. Our map shows the main frequent bus services that are suitable for commuting to work or regular travel.

There is also a separate map for North Colchester which gives more detail for people working at North Colchester Business Park and Colchester Hospital.

You can download the maps below.

Colchester’s frequent buses network map

North Colchester bus network map

Mar 16, 2017
emilyharrup

Colchester bus services – did you know?

If you have a direct bus service in walking distance of your house, why not try the bus as a greener and more sustainable way to travel into town or to work?

You can incorporate a bit of physical activity into your daily journey, and if your route has bus lanes you could reach your destination quicker than by car in peak hours especially if you factor in having to find a parking space.

Below we answer a few questions you might have about bus services in Colchester.

I live in Colchester, are there many frequent bus services? There are ten local bus services into the town centre provided by First and Arriva with a frequency of every 10 to 20 minutes.

Are there more buses suitable for commuting? There are 19 bus services into Colchester with an up to hourly frequency provided by First, Arriva, Hedinghams and Chambers.

How will I know when my bus will arrive? Download First and/or Arriva’s app that includes real time information, as well as route planning and timetable info. The electronic boards at some bus stops are now showing real time information.

Is there a ticket allowing travel on any bus? There is a range of multi-operator tickets including Day Rovers, Weekly to Annual Borough Cards, Evening and Sunday savers.

I never have cash on me. Buy a mobile ticket. First and Arriva sell M-Tickets for most of their products.

I only want to use the bus on some days. First offer carnet tickets for part time travel over 1 or 3 months.

It’s too expensive to travel with my children. First and Arriva offer Family tickets to discount travelling with children over 5 years old.

If you want to find out more about local bus travel, including downloading our frequent bus routes map, journey planners, links to the bus operators websites and apps click here

If the organisation you work for is a member of the Colchester Travel Plan Club (you can check here) , you usually travel to work by car but you would like to try the bus – we are offering some FREE First and Arriva carnet tickets for you to give it a go. Email travel.plan.club@colchester.gov.uk if you are interested.

Mar 13, 2017
emilyharrup

Free parking for car sharers at Colchester Station

Do you travel by train for business meetings?

Why not travel with colleagues and make the most of the work time you have on the train that you would lose if you travelled by car?

Plus if you car share to the station you can ENJOY UP TO 8 HOURS FREE PARKING at Colchester Station.

The LoveurcarColchester car share bays are located on the south side of the station and anybody car sharing to the station for business or personal use can use them free of charge. You need a Loveurcar car share permit which you can also get for free by applying online.

The Loveurcar car share permit can also be used in a number of car parks in town including St Mary’s, Vineyard Street, Britannia and St Johns where the car share bays are located in preferential locations. (Please note normal car park charges still apply in the town centre car parks)

Car sharers can save money on fuel and car park charges by taking it in turns to give lifts or by reimbursing their car share drivers with a contribution towards fuel and parking costs.

There are added community benefits if more people car share. Car sharing contributes to reducing the number of cars on the roads, improvements in air quality through fewer cars, with the knock on effect of reducing traffic congestion.

If you workplace doesn’t already have a car share matching scheme, then suggest they set one up. You may be surprised to find how many colleagues live close to each other and could potentially car share some of the days of the week.  You can find out more about car sharing including local online car share matching schemes below.

Find out more about car sharing here.

Apply for a FREE LUCC permit here

 

Dec 23, 2016
emilyharrup

Colchester’s frequent bus services

colchester-public-bus-ntwk-dgm-nov-2016We will be continuing to promote bus travel in the New Year, and as a starting point have updated our commuters bus map. The map shows all Colchester bus services that run on an up to hourly frequency – quite a lot as you will see. Click on the map on the left to download it.Nrth Clchstr Business Park Map

We have also created a NEW North Colchester bus map, showing the services that specifically serve the Business Park and Axial Way.

We need to further develop this map with key useful information – so if you have ideas of what you would like included drop us a line! Click on the North Colchester map to the right to download it.

 

Nov 7, 2016
emilyharrup

Exciting new bus news

New! Park and Ride to stop at Colchester Hospital, 88 Bus Partnership, free hot drink at Leisure World for bus users!

Three pieces of exciting bus news to highlight this month!

Park and Ride will stop at Colchester Hospital in the New Year.

Great news for visitors and staff that the Park and Ride will be stopping at the hospital in January 2017. A day ticket will cost £3,(free after 9am for concessionary fare pass holders) and did you know that you can then use that ticket like a Rover to travel into town and back on the Park and Ride bus?

The details of the hospital stop aren’t available yet but use this link to find out more about the existing Colchester Park and Ride

New 88 Bus Partnership

If you live on the 88 route between Great Yeldham and Colchester, you can now benefit from a new partnership allowing tickets issued on the 88 services from different companies to be used on buses along any of the number 88 routes.

The route which takes in Earls Colne, White Colne, Wakes Colne, Halstead Road and Eight Ash Green as well as Colchester town centre, will now offer more flexibility in journey times due to the ability to catch any of the buses either end of the journey.

Each operator will accept day returns, weekly, monthly and annual tickets from Hedingham Buses and First Essex buses on the 88 bus route.

The new Quality Bus Partnership offers key advantages including:

  • Ticket inter-availability – customers can buy a return ticket or pass from one operator and use it to return on another operator’s bus
  • More flexibility in journeys thanks to better aligned schedules and routing
  • Improved vehicle standards and accessibility
  • Bus stop infrastructure improvements at key stops

If you live along this route and could consider getting the bus to work, you can find out more information here including a map of the routes covered.

Free hot drink for Leisure World bus users

Did you know there are now bus services serving Leisure World?

Between 7 November 2016 and 26 February 2017, if you travel by bus to Colchester Leisure World, you can claim a free hot drink in the Leisure World café, on presentation of your valid single or return bus ticket dated for that day.

The following bus routes are covered within the offer:

Weekday services

  • 4 (Network Colchester) – Stanway – Lexden – Colchester – Greenstead – The Hythe
  • 11 (Network Colchester) – Colchester Rail Station – Highwoods – Severalls Park – Mile End
  • 63 (Hedingham Omnibuses) – Monkwick – St Michaels – Central Colchester – Cowdray Avenue

Sunday services

  • 67B (First Essex) – West Mersea – Peldon – Blackheath – Colchester Town Centre – Leisure World
  • 70 (Regal Busways) – Braintree – Coggeshall – Marks Tey – Stanway – Lexden -Colchester Town Centre – Leisure World

Please note that this offer is ONLY open to persons presenting a valid single or return ticket for the day – it does NOT apply to holders of any period tickets/passes.

Find out more including links to the route timetables HERE 

 

Mar 3, 2016
emilyharrup

FREE carnets for drivers to try the bus

Bus ticketIf you live locally and drive to work, have you considered using the bus? We have 5 FREE bus carnets* up for grabs for 5 drivers to try the bus!

Interested?

First check if there is a frequent bus service near you using this journey planner www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk/se

 

Then email travel.plan.club@colchester.org.uk and include the number of your local bus service.

*Offer only open to members of Colchester Travel Plan Club.  Choice of Network Colchester (10 journeys over 2 months) or First services (12 journeys over 1 month) Everyone who emails by the 15 March will be put into a prize draw and the first five names will receive a carnet of their choice.

Helping you use the local bus network

Useful apps

Network Colchester/Arriva

M-Tickets, timetables, journey planning and real time information www.arrivabus.co.uk/app/

First Essex buses

M-Tickets, timetables, journey planning and real time information (some areas) www.firstgroup.com/essex/plan-journey/first-travel-apps

Traveline South East

Public Transport journey planner incorporating walking and cycling routes www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk/se

Twitter

Arriva Essex – @ArrivaEssex

Chambers – @ChambersBus

First Essex – @First

Essex Hedingham – @HedinghamBuses

Network Colchester –  @NColchester

Stephensons of Essex – @BreezeBuses

Colchester Park and Ride (Junction 28 off the A12)

£3 daily or cheaper with a season ticket. Fast, frequent buses to town.  www.essexhighways.org/Transport-and-Roads/Getting-Around/Bus/Park-and-Ride/Colchester-Park-and-Ride.

Day Family ticket

Unlimited travel with up to 2 children for £5 a day. Both Network Colchester and First offer this ticket. (not a multi-operator ticket)

Nov 26, 2015
emilyharrup

Planned engineering work over Xmas

As the festive season approaches, Abellio Greater Anglia have shared a summary of the planned engineering works across the Abellio Greater Anglia network over the Christmas and New Year period.

The details are in the poster below which you can either send to colleagues or download and put up in your communal areas.

7726-AGA Xmas New year Services DR Poster

Train fares often go up in January, so this is a good opportunity to remind your colleagues that if they were thinking about trying the train, now is the time to buy a ticket!

They can get 10% off a season ticket of one month or more as part of their CTPC membership, and if you are accredited to ECC’s Business Travel Plan scheme then they can get 15% off an annual season ticket.

They can apply to join the CTPC Abellio Greater Anglia scheme by logging into the CTPC member area HERE

If you can’t remember the log in details, please contact Emily.harrup@colchester.gov.uk or Pam.nelson@colchester.gov.uk

 

 

Nov 19, 2015
emilyharrup

Useful Public Transport info

Colchester Park and Ride New ticket machines are now in operation and the introductory fee  has come to an end. Tickets now cost £3 per adult, £1 per child and under-fives travel for free. Weekly season tickets cost £12 for adults. Monthly season tickets cost £48 for adults. To find out more including how to use the new ticket machines, visit ECC’s website

New ‘Where to catch your bus in Colchester town centre’ poster now available from Essex County Council

Get monthly e-updates on local Public Transport information and timetable changes.  ECC’s Passenger Transport team send out a monthly e-newsletter which you can subscribe to.

Keep up to date and follow your local bus operator. Most Colchester bus operators now operate their own twitter account, with details of delays, route changes, new services and more

Arriva Essex – @ArrivaEssex

Chambers – @ChambersBus

First Essex – @FirstEssex

Hedingham – @HedinghamBuses

Network Colchester – @NColchester

Stephensons of Essex – @BreezeBuses

 

Oct 9, 2015
emilyharrup

ECC consultation on changes to bus services

ECC are also consulting on proposed changes to the bus services they support.

ECC say ‘The consultation sets out a proposed revised policy for doing this and the proposed revisions to the existing network that will result. The policy is based on responses to previous consultations which asked about people’s priorities.

The results of their draft Bus and Passenger Strategy consultation earlier in the year are also provided and it will be of interest to Travel Plan reps that the feedback on key issues reflects the findings of the bus surveys we have carried out amongst members.

The issues that people raise most often when asked how their service could be improved were:

·         Design, comfort and condition of the bus.

·         Punctuality: people want buses to be on time.

·         Drivers: people want their drivers to interact positively with them as customers and to be considerate of them as passengers.

·         Information: people want better real time information at all points in their journey.

·         Frequency and routes: people want frequent buses on convenient routes

The current consultation is about changes to specific bus routes, particularly timetables in the evenings and at weekends and lists each service (by district) and says what the proposed change is (if any) plus the reasons why.

It is a bit of a laborious process going through the online survey, but the survey doesn’t require an answer to every question, so you can just scroll down until you find the bus service/s that you are interested in and skip the rest.

It is worth encouraging colleagues and students who might use these services to respond as individuals if these changes affect them.

The CTPC will send a response based on a review of the proposed revised policies.  If you have any specific points you want including please let us know.

The deadline is the 21 October.

ECC Bus services consultation

May 21, 2015
emilyharrup

Rail Strike Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 May

Advice from Abellio regarding the possible rail strike on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 May…

Industrial action has been called by members of the RMT and TSSA trades unions

working for the national rail infrastructure operator Network Rail, across the entire

UK rail network, for Monday/Tuesday 25/26 May. If the strike goes ahead the impact

on train services will be extremely severe. For Abellio Greater Anglia routes it will be

as follows :

On Monday 25 May, there will be no services at all after mid-day.

On Tuesday 26 May, there will be no services at all, except for an extremely limited,

skeleton service between London and Norwich, London and Colchester, London and

Shenfield and London and Stansted Airport in the middle of the day (plans for which

are currently being developed). These services will run infrequently with limited

capacity and only serve selected stations.

On Wednesday 27 May, services will start operating on all routes only from 06.00

onwards, but there will be service disruption and alterations as we work to restore

the full normal service.

Our advice to customers is do not travel by train on Monday/Tuesday 25/26

May.

We advise you to make other travel arrangements. Please also note that the

action will affect the entire national rail network and therefore affect plans for

journeys on other routes.

We apologise for the major inconvenience caused to your travel plans.

More information is available at www.abelliogreateranglia.co.uk and

www.nationalrail.co.uk/industrial action

Follow @greateranglia for up-to-date details of our services and @nationalrailenq for

details of services across the wider UK rail network

 

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What’s coming up?

5 - 19 May Colchester Walking Challenge

10 - 25 June Colchester Cycle Challenge

(10 - 17 June National Bike Week)

14 June CTPC members meeting

15 June National Clean Air Day

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