Campaign to reinstate Queen Street bus stops a success

A CALL by 200 Greenstead and Shrub End residents for buses to stop near Colchester’s former bus station has been successful.

Elderly passengers used to get off near the old bus station on Queen Street before visiting the pharmacy on Queen Street and internet cafe Compuccino.

But when the replacement facility at Osborne Street opened last month, buses no longer stopped outside the former Keddies.

Now, after 200 residents signed a petition, First Buses, Network Colchester, Essex County Council and Colchester Council have reached an agreement.
Network Colchester’s 1 and 1a services from Greenstead towards Shrub End have this week begun to stop at Queen Street.

The bus company’s 2 and 2c services from Highwoods to Great Horkesley will also serve Queen Street, as will First’s 67 buses heading towards West Mersea.

See Wednesday's Gazette for the full story.
 

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2:52pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Bert_Stimpson says...

Let's hope that stop doesn't get too congested with all the extra buses stopping there and snarl up traffic flow. The High Street was clogged solid on Saturday because of cars and buses trying to get into Queen Street.

Here's an idea. Now that the Xmas market has stopped, why don't the buses just turn left after Keddies and stop in that vacant area next to Firsts*ite. Loads of room and near enough to the pharmacy and Compucino for the old timers too.

Urban planning sorted. Happy Xmas.
Let's hope that stop doesn't get too congested with all the extra buses stopping there and snarl up traffic flow. The High Street was clogged solid on Saturday because of cars and buses trying to get into Queen Street. Here's an idea. Now that the Xmas market has stopped, why don't the buses just turn left after Keddies and stop in that vacant area next to Firsts*ite. Loads of room and near enough to the pharmacy and Compucino for the old timers too. Urban planning sorted. Happy Xmas. Bert_Stimpson

4:05pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Boris says...

Good idea, Bert. But actually don't worry about traffic being paralysed. The more that happens, the more CBC and ECC will become aware that the £3.4 million abortion is not viable, and then they will revert to their plan B, which is to go back to Queen Street.
Good idea, Bert. But actually don't worry about traffic being paralysed. The more that happens, the more CBC and ECC will become aware that the £3.4 million abortion is not viable, and then they will revert to their plan B, which is to go back to Queen Street. Boris

4:12pm Tue 18 Dec 12

TheCaptain says...

Moan moan moan. Stuck records.

The traffic is no more snarled up now than before. It's Christmas what do you expect.
Moan moan moan. Stuck records. The traffic is no more snarled up now than before. It's Christmas what do you expect. TheCaptain

5:56pm Tue 18 Dec 12

meadowlady says...

I started to drive into town again. I quite like the comfort.
I started to drive into town again. I quite like the comfort. meadowlady

10:04am Wed 19 Dec 12

Hamiltonandy says...

What happened to the plan to ban cars from the High Street? First it was going to be imposed permanently. Then I read only a "temporary" trial and nothing since. Perhaps it is waiting for the phantom park&ride to be built.
What happened to the plan to ban cars from the High Street? First it was going to be imposed permanently. Then I read only a "temporary" trial and nothing since. Perhaps it is waiting for the phantom park&ride to be built. Hamiltonandy

9:33pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Reginald47 says...

It said in the Gazette that it is being delayed so there is no disruption to Christmas shopping. Quite sensible actually.And most of the Queen street site will soon belong to the Catholic school from my recollection.
It said in the Gazette that it is being delayed so there is no disruption to Christmas shopping. Quite sensible actually.And most of the Queen street site will soon belong to the Catholic school from my recollection. Reginald47

11:15pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Hamiltonandy says...

Colchester Council has been somewhat vague on their plans for the old bus station. I saw some drawings showing shops on part, with another section for landscaping the VAF but no information on the area the school will get. Will the Firstsite group tolerate noisy children playing next to the golden banana?
Colchester Council has been somewhat vague on their plans for the old bus station. I saw some drawings showing shops on part, with another section for landscaping the VAF but no information on the area the school will get. Will the Firstsite group tolerate noisy children playing next to the golden banana? Hamiltonandy

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