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Transport & Travel Update

New edition of Bus Passenger News

Bus pictureFind out more about local bus service changes by reading this month’s Bus Passenger News.

If you want to find your nearest bus service or plan a journey on public transport, please or Traveline.

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For live updates on buses, you can also follow your local bus operator on Twitter by clicking here:Arriva, Chambers, Ensign, First, Hedingham and NIBS.

Where to catch your bus in Colchester Town Centre – Sunday 21 October 2018

Colchester Town Map

When the on-street bus station in Osborne Street and Stanwell Street was created, bus services were allocated to bus stops at the new interchange and around the Town Centre to regulate their use.

As the bus network around Colchester has developed, the number of buses using individual bus stops has grown due to increased service frequency and the introduction of new routes. It has now become clear that this is making it difficult for both buses and the public to use the bus stops effectively.  It is also reducing the attractiveness, reliability and economic viability of the town’s bus services.

We have been working closely with the bus operators to resolve many of the issues.  It has been agreed to alter the allocations of services to bus stops at the bus station and around the Town Centre. Measures include opening up the spare capacity on the current Park & Ride only stops and grouping services that serve common corridors on the same stops. This has the aim of reducing the pressure at key stops, improving service reliability, improving passenger safety when boarding and reducing pollution around the Town.

As a result of the changes the majority of bus stops will have fewer services calling at them. However, a small number of stops will have more services calling at them. These stops are either underused at present or are better suited to deal with the increased number of buses than the current arrangements.

For more information, which includes a Where To Catch Your Bus & Frequently Asked Questions, please visit our []website.

Sandon Park and Ride – Sunday Christmas Operations

Chelmsford P & R

Sandon Park & Ride will operate on the following Sundays: 18 November & 02, 09, 16 December 2018.

The Park and Ride departs the site from 0930 – 1700 with a 15 minute frequency throughout the day.  On Sunday 18 November Chelmsford City Centre have the Christmas lights switch on so you can travel into the City Centre and it will depart at: 1715, 1730, 1745 and 1800. To get back from the City Centre the Park and Ride will depart at: 1709, 1723, 1738, 1753 and 1808.

These times are based on the bus stop at Reed Agency and New London Road.

If you would like to stay later in Chelmsford City Centre you can catch Services 31 & 36 Operated by First Essex Buses back to Sandon Park and Ride.  These times are based on stand DB at H&M.

Monday – Saturday service 31 departs at 2012, 2112, 2217 and 2312.

Monday – Saturday service 36 departs at 2042, 2142 and 2242.

Essex County Council Bus Consultation

Have your say

Essex County Council (ECC) regularly consults on changes to its supported bus services.  The consultations look to understand the impact of a timetable and/or route change to people using the service, as well as ensuring the service meets the criteria set out by the Bus Strategy “Getting Around in Essex”.  

Current consultations

Service 381

Harlow – Coopersale

Consultation closes: 27 Nov 2018

Questionnaires are available from the driver on the bus, or you can complete the survey online on the links above. If you have any queries or would like a copy of the questionnaire please email:


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