Limited bus service replacement is inadequate, say Colchester residents

Limited bus service replacement is inadequate, say Colchester residents

Limited bus service replacement is inadequate, say Colchester residents

First published in News

RESIDENTS say replacing a bus route with a limited service is inadequate.

Hedingham Omnibuses axed its number three route, which connects Parsons Heath to Colchester town centre, because only about 70 people a day used it.

Since Monday, the service has been partially replaced by Network Colchester, which has agreed to send its 105 service between Walton and Colchester to the estate three times a day.

It takes passengers from Parsons Heath to town once a morning, at 10.11am, and return buses start at Colchester bus station at 12:22pm and 2.22pm.

Residents say the new service is already overcrowded and is inadequate for the many disabled and elderly residents living on the estate.

David Mummery, a member of Parsons Heath Residents’ Association, said there were still calls for Essex County Council to consider part-funding a better service, as many passengers were already being forced to stand up on the bus.

Mr Mummery said: “Once there’s overcrowding then people will make alternative arrangements.”

An Essex County Council spokesman said: “We are monitoring the situation closely.”

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3:08pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Harry.Brown says...

walk ?
why do expect us all to subsidise this ridiculous service polluting the surroundings on the backs of oh we feel sorry because most of the passengers are OAP's ?
20 seat minibuses should be used run by volunteer trainee rally drivers that will stoke the coals ?
walk ? why do expect us all to subsidise this ridiculous service polluting the surroundings on the backs of oh we feel sorry because most of the passengers are OAP's ? 20 seat minibuses should be used run by volunteer trainee rally drivers that will stoke the coals ? Harry.Brown
  • Score: -14

10:05pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Boris says...

Harry.Brown wrote:
walk ?
why do expect us all to subsidise this ridiculous service polluting the surroundings on the backs of oh we feel sorry because most of the passengers are OAP's ?
20 seat minibuses should be used run by volunteer trainee rally drivers that will stoke the coals ?
What a ridiculous comment, coming no doubt from someone who doesn't happen to live in Parsons Heath. Buses to his area are no problem, so he doesn't care about other neighbourhoods.
Is Harry volunteering to drive minibuses? No, thought not.
[quote][p][bold]Harry.Brown[/bold] wrote: walk ? why do expect us all to subsidise this ridiculous service polluting the surroundings on the backs of oh we feel sorry because most of the passengers are OAP's ? 20 seat minibuses should be used run by volunteer trainee rally drivers that will stoke the coals ?[/p][/quote]What a ridiculous comment, coming no doubt from someone who doesn't happen to live in Parsons Heath. Buses to his area are no problem, so he doesn't care about other neighbourhoods. Is Harry volunteering to drive minibuses? No, thought not. Boris
  • Score: 5

8:13am Fri 5 Sep 14

jammin says...

I am missing something? There is a bus at least every 15 minutes on Harwich road. Walk a bit, it may do you good.

Or get one of those electric chariots.
I am missing something? There is a bus at least every 15 minutes on Harwich road. Walk a bit, it may do you good. Or get one of those electric chariots. jammin
  • Score: -1

11:12am Fri 5 Sep 14

hughie-s says...

jammin wrote:
I am missing something? There is a bus at least every 15 minutes on Harwich road. Walk a bit, it may do you good.

Or get one of those electric chariots.
By Parson Heath they mean either Longridge or Bridgebrook. The distance they have to walk to a bus is no different to that which many of us have to walk to get a bus.
[quote][p][bold]jammin[/bold] wrote: I am missing something? There is a bus at least every 15 minutes on Harwich road. Walk a bit, it may do you good. Or get one of those electric chariots.[/p][/quote]By Parson Heath they mean either Longridge or Bridgebrook. The distance they have to walk to a bus is no different to that which many of us have to walk to get a bus. hughie-s
  • Score: -5

4:06pm Fri 5 Sep 14

William George says...

Harry.Brown wrote:
walk ?
why do expect us all to subsidise this ridiculous service polluting the surroundings on the backs of oh we feel sorry because most of the passengers are OAP's ?
20 seat minibuses should be used run by volunteer trainee rally drivers that will stoke the coals ?
Whatever your views are in bad comments you make.
Lets hope that help to correct the matter for this bus service is made.
Your comments are pointless when you are arguing with the commenters. For that your showing more concern for instead of the subject, which in this case is bus route to correct.
[quote][p][bold]Harry.Brown[/bold] wrote: walk ? why do expect us all to subsidise this ridiculous service polluting the surroundings on the backs of oh we feel sorry because most of the passengers are OAP's ? 20 seat minibuses should be used run by volunteer trainee rally drivers that will stoke the coals ?[/p][/quote]Whatever your views are in bad comments you make. Lets hope that help to correct the matter for this bus service is made. Your comments are pointless when you are arguing with the commenters. For that your showing more concern for instead of the subject, which in this case is bus route to correct. William George
  • Score: 2

10:38pm Fri 5 Sep 14

BLANK SPACE says...

I would say that the majority of passengers that used this service were elderly concessionary pass holders. Fact is bus companies make a loss taking these, then hike the fares up so paying passengers subsidise the loss. If there aren't any fare paying passengers on the bus, they are making a loss. A bus company is a business and if it's no profitable, it's not worth it. They need to be taking money to make a route viable!
I would say that the majority of passengers that used this service were elderly concessionary pass holders. Fact is bus companies make a loss taking these, then hike the fares up so paying passengers subsidise the loss. If there aren't any fare paying passengers on the bus, they are making a loss. A bus company is a business and if it's no profitable, it's not worth it. They need to be taking money to make a route viable! BLANK SPACE
  • Score: 0
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