Park and Ride set to open next spring

Park and Ride set to open next spring

Park and Ride set to open next spring

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COLCHESTER'S first Park and Ride scheme is finally set to open within 11 months, after years of setbacks.

Essex County Council has confirmed the £6million scheme at Cuckoo Farm will open at the end of next March.

A road and bus lane, linking the Northern Approach Road with the A12 junction 28 and the future park and ride was due to completed this summer.

But flooding earlier this year meant the opening of the NAR was also delayed and is now due to be completed by this December.

Essex County Council has agreed to forward-fund the park and ride while funding it is finalised with the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.

It also said there will be further consultation on bus priorities measures in Colchester town centre and on the potential routes for the Park and Ride buses in and out of the town.

Rodney Bass, Essex County Council’s cabinet member for Highways and Transportation, said: “Essex County Council is happy to demonstrate its commitment to providing a Park and Ride at Colchester, following the very successful introduction of Park and Ride at Chelmsford.”

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5:28pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Acejax says...

Hang on, that will be 3 years and 11 months then. Nothing is ever within the planned time scale with endless delays and over stretched budgets.
That'll be ready by 2018 then!
Hang on, that will be 3 years and 11 months then. Nothing is ever within the planned time scale with endless delays and over stretched budgets. That'll be ready by 2018 then! Acejax
  • Score: 1

6:09pm Wed 9 Apr 14

gizabreak says...

Couldn't give a monkeys for what Rodney Bass thinks of this lunacy...he doesn't have to live with it on his doorstep . It's another absolute farce and waste of money that could be used for making Colchester better for the people who live in Colchester.
Couldn't give a monkeys for what Rodney Bass thinks of this lunacy...he doesn't have to live with it on his doorstep . It's another absolute farce and waste of money that could be used for making Colchester better for the people who live in Colchester. gizabreak
  • Score: 0

6:20pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Noah4x4 says...

Is this Essex CC announcement that focuses on the Park & Ride an attempt to "bury" the more important announcement that the NAR is now delayed until December "due to flooding"?

In the meanwhile peak time traffic congestion in some of North Colchester's residential roads gets ever worse. It also means yet another half-season of cars leaving the football club's (always full) car park not having the promised faster exit towards the town. The park & ride delay also delays relief for the wider parking issues around the stadium on match days (including rugby club overflow on some occasions). This delay really isn't fair on the football club, its spectators or local residents; that all pay rates to Essex CC.

But what flooding? OK, two games were postponed at nearby WHCS due to a 'waterlogged pitch', but that patch of grass hosts footballers kicking a ball and not JCBs and Bulldozers. Chinese construction companies build miles of roads, bridges and tunnels across difficult terrain in no time at all. So who is responsible for these delays? Who is paying for these delays?

I hope Colchester's MP and Colchester's councillors are demanding answers....please...
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Is this Essex CC announcement that focuses on the Park & Ride an attempt to "bury" the more important announcement that the NAR is now delayed until December "due to flooding"? In the meanwhile peak time traffic congestion in some of North Colchester's residential roads gets ever worse. It also means yet another half-season of cars leaving the football club's (always full) car park not having the promised faster exit towards the town. The park & ride delay also delays relief for the wider parking issues around the stadium on match days (including rugby club overflow on some occasions). This delay really isn't fair on the football club, its spectators or local residents; that all pay rates to Essex CC. But what flooding? OK, two games were postponed at nearby WHCS due to a 'waterlogged pitch', but that patch of grass hosts footballers kicking a ball and not JCBs and Bulldozers. Chinese construction companies build miles of roads, bridges and tunnels across difficult terrain in no time at all. So who is responsible for these delays? Who is paying for these delays? I hope Colchester's MP and Colchester's councillors are demanding answers....please... . Noah4x4
  • Score: 7

9:16pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Noah4x4 wrote:
Is this Essex CC announcement that focuses on the Park & Ride an attempt to "bury" the more important announcement that the NAR is now delayed until December "due to flooding"?

In the meanwhile peak time traffic congestion in some of North Colchester's residential roads gets ever worse. It also means yet another half-season of cars leaving the football club's (always full) car park not having the promised faster exit towards the town. The park & ride delay also delays relief for the wider parking issues around the stadium on match days (including rugby club overflow on some occasions). This delay really isn't fair on the football club, its spectators or local residents; that all pay rates to Essex CC.

But what flooding? OK, two games were postponed at nearby WHCS due to a 'waterlogged pitch', but that patch of grass hosts footballers kicking a ball and not JCBs and Bulldozers. Chinese construction companies build miles of roads, bridges and tunnels across difficult terrain in no time at all. So who is responsible for these delays? Who is paying for these delays?

I hope Colchester's MP and Colchester's councillors are demanding answers....please...

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Agree with Noah4x4.
Let's see, NAR3 due summer, now December, 5 months late! Blame the floods, what floods? It's about time ECC took the contractors to task and they should always put contracts in place that will penalise the contractors if they overrun. Or is that too much to ask?

So any guesses when the park and ride will actually be ready? Answers on a postcard to stupid Roderny Bass. Whatever, I bet it won't be open in March 2015!
[quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: Is this Essex CC announcement that focuses on the Park & Ride an attempt to "bury" the more important announcement that the NAR is now delayed until December "due to flooding"? In the meanwhile peak time traffic congestion in some of North Colchester's residential roads gets ever worse. It also means yet another half-season of cars leaving the football club's (always full) car park not having the promised faster exit towards the town. The park & ride delay also delays relief for the wider parking issues around the stadium on match days (including rugby club overflow on some occasions). This delay really isn't fair on the football club, its spectators or local residents; that all pay rates to Essex CC. But what flooding? OK, two games were postponed at nearby WHCS due to a 'waterlogged pitch', but that patch of grass hosts footballers kicking a ball and not JCBs and Bulldozers. Chinese construction companies build miles of roads, bridges and tunnels across difficult terrain in no time at all. So who is responsible for these delays? Who is paying for these delays? I hope Colchester's MP and Colchester's councillors are demanding answers....please... .[/p][/quote]Agree with Noah4x4. Let's see, NAR3 due summer, now December, 5 months late! Blame the floods, what floods? It's about time ECC took the contractors to task and they should always put contracts in place that will penalise the contractors if they overrun. Or is that too much to ask? So any guesses when the park and ride will actually be ready? Answers on a postcard to stupid Roderny Bass. Whatever, I bet it won't be open in March 2015! Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 4

11:36pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Boris says...

"COLCHESTER'S first Park and Ride scheme"? Not true.

I have in front of me a free map given out in 1998 for Colchester Park And Ride. It functioned on Saturdays only, every 15 minuites from 9 am to 6 pm. There was Route C2, linking Butt Rd, Sheepen Rd and Middleborough car parks, which was free. And route C3, North Station, fares 20p for a child, 40p for an adult, and 90p for a family. Parking at North Station was free at weekends at that time.
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It was a limited service, but it was a Park and Ride service.
"COLCHESTER'S first Park and Ride scheme"? Not true. I have in front of me a free map given out in 1998 for Colchester Park And Ride. It functioned on Saturdays only, every 15 minuites from 9 am to 6 pm. There was Route C2, linking Butt Rd, Sheepen Rd and Middleborough car parks, which was free. And route C3, North Station, fares 20p for a child, 40p for an adult, and 90p for a family. Parking at North Station was free at weekends at that time. . It was a limited service, but it was a Park and Ride service. Boris
  • Score: 5

6:40am Thu 10 Apr 14

Nevtyler says...

Very few will use it, complete waste of cash
Very few will use it, complete waste of cash Nevtyler
  • Score: -5

8:40am Thu 10 Apr 14

hughie-s says...

Boris wrote:
"COLCHESTER'S first Park and Ride scheme"? Not true.

I have in front of me a free map given out in 1998 for Colchester Park And Ride. It functioned on Saturdays only, every 15 minuites from 9 am to 6 pm. There was Route C2, linking Butt Rd, Sheepen Rd and Middleborough car parks, which was free. And route C3, North Station, fares 20p for a child, 40p for an adult, and 90p for a family. Parking at North Station was free at weekends at that time.
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It was a limited service, but it was a Park and Ride service.
First park and ride was the Lancer Buslink from Cavalry Barracks during December 1971.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: "COLCHESTER'S first Park and Ride scheme"? Not true. I have in front of me a free map given out in 1998 for Colchester Park And Ride. It functioned on Saturdays only, every 15 minuites from 9 am to 6 pm. There was Route C2, linking Butt Rd, Sheepen Rd and Middleborough car parks, which was free. And route C3, North Station, fares 20p for a child, 40p for an adult, and 90p for a family. Parking at North Station was free at weekends at that time. . It was a limited service, but it was a Park and Ride service.[/p][/quote]First park and ride was the Lancer Buslink from Cavalry Barracks during December 1971. hughie-s
  • Score: 4

9:44am Thu 10 Apr 14

Slamdoor312 says...

The C3 wa killed off by the greed of National Express when they introduced weekend casr parking charges at Colchester North Station and Essex CC who weren't interested in challenging the NatEx decision because it was obvious the £2 surcharge would kill it off, which of course is exactly what happened, so gave the excuse to withdraw it

You can always rely on ECC to the right thing
The C3 wa killed off by the greed of National Express when they introduced weekend casr parking charges at Colchester North Station and Essex CC who weren't interested in challenging the NatEx decision because it was obvious the £2 surcharge would kill it off, which of course is exactly what happened, so gave the excuse to withdraw it You can always rely on ECC to the right thing Slamdoor312
  • Score: 1

11:06am Thu 10 Apr 14

Checkout says...

I hope Mr Bass comes to the opening and takes the first bus into the town. Good luck with that Rodders.
I hope Mr Bass comes to the opening and takes the first bus into the town. Good luck with that Rodders. Checkout
  • Score: 3

1:03am Fri 11 Apr 14

Boris says...

hughie-s wrote:
Boris wrote:
"COLCHESTER'S first Park and Ride scheme"? Not true.

I have in front of me a free map given out in 1998 for Colchester Park And Ride. It functioned on Saturdays only, every 15 minuites from 9 am to 6 pm. There was Route C2, linking Butt Rd, Sheepen Rd and Middleborough car parks, which was free. And route C3, North Station, fares 20p for a child, 40p for an adult, and 90p for a family. Parking at North Station was free at weekends at that time.
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It was a limited service, but it was a Park and Ride service.
First park and ride was the Lancer Buslink from Cavalry Barracks during December 1971.
Thanks, hughie-s. I was not aware of that one because i was living abroad in 1971.
[quote][p][bold]hughie-s[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: "COLCHESTER'S first Park and Ride scheme"? Not true. I have in front of me a free map given out in 1998 for Colchester Park And Ride. It functioned on Saturdays only, every 15 minuites from 9 am to 6 pm. There was Route C2, linking Butt Rd, Sheepen Rd and Middleborough car parks, which was free. And route C3, North Station, fares 20p for a child, 40p for an adult, and 90p for a family. Parking at North Station was free at weekends at that time. . It was a limited service, but it was a Park and Ride service.[/p][/quote]First park and ride was the Lancer Buslink from Cavalry Barracks during December 1971.[/p][/quote]Thanks, hughie-s. I was not aware of that one because i was living abroad in 1971. Boris
  • Score: 1

3:31pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Oliver Guiness says...

Perhaps just the first purpose built park and ride then
Perhaps just the first purpose built park and ride then Oliver Guiness
  • Score: 0

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