Colchester bus station 'will be in Osborne Street'

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A COUNCILLOR has promised a new bus terminal will be built in Colchester’s Osborne Street.

The bus station in Queen Street will close in December next year.

It was initially hoped a bus station would be built as part of the Vineyard Gate retail development, but the recession has delayed the project.

Lyn Barton, the councillor responsible for the regeneration of the town’s St Botolph’s area, has pledged there will be a bus station.

She said a building with a cafe and toilets would be created at the junction of Stanwell Street.

She added: “We have spoken to all the major bus operators.

“In principle, most of them accept the extra traffic can be accommodated in the Osborne Street area.

“The new facilities will mean passengers can sit in the cafe and will be informed via technology when their bus is coming.”

Debate has raged for a decade over proposals to move the bus station, with Osborne Street being frequently offered as the solution.

In May 2001 it was suggested the bus station could be merged with Colchester Town railway station to form a combined transport centre. Two years later, a transport interchange was suggested for Osborne Street when plans were unveiled for the new gallery on the site of the bus station in Queen Street.

In April 2004, an underground bus park was proposed beneath the bingo hall in Osborne Street, but the plans were ditched following a storm of protests.

The Save Our Bus Station campaign was launched in October 2004 and more than 20,000 people signed a petition against plans to move the bus station from its site in Queen Street in 2005.

In the same month a plan was revealed suggesting widening Osborne Street and creating a two-lane super bus park.

Campaigners celebrated after Colchester Council set up a temporary bus station on the Queen Street site in May 2006, but this will close next year.

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12:48pm Tue 2 Aug 11

Feisty CBC says...

I can't for the life of me visualise how they expect to shoe-horn a bus station into Osborne St. Best of luck to the council with that one.
I can't for the life of me visualise how they expect to shoe-horn a bus station into Osborne St. Best of luck to the council with that one. Feisty CBC
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1:46pm Tue 2 Aug 11

Libetia says...

That's going to be absolute chaos, unless they close the NCP car park & Osborne Street to all traffic - apart from buses. Remember the problems when they just made that short section of St Botolphs Street between Osbourne Street and Southway. I abandoned my car trying to get out of the car park one Saturday, re-parked it and came back an hour later.
That's going to be absolute chaos, unless they close the NCP car park & Osborne Street to all traffic - apart from buses. Remember the problems when they just made that short section of St Botolphs Street between Osbourne Street and Southway. I abandoned my car trying to get out of the car park one Saturday, re-parked it and came back an hour later. Libetia
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1:52pm Tue 2 Aug 11

Libetia says...

Oops...it should have added "a bus lane when referring to the section of St Botolph's St.
Oops...it should have added "a bus lane when referring to the section of St Botolph's St. Libetia
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2:14pm Tue 2 Aug 11

greenbroker says...

What is required firstly is to manage the buses on the streets which create jams. Both lay-bys at North Station are too short. Head St is inadequate. The Fire Station stop in High St is too close to the junction. The 2nd High St. stop has a traffic island in the way. These problems cause buses to park improperly when busy, causing unecessary tailbacks.

I have waited in Head St. before and seen my bus drive past owing to lack of parking space.

All good locations have bus and rail services intergrated.

I think it's too late for Colchester, as nothing has been done for years. If the bus stops are a shambles, what hope for a proper bus station?
What is required firstly is to manage the buses on the streets which create jams. Both lay-bys at North Station are too short. Head St is inadequate. The Fire Station stop in High St is too close to the junction. The 2nd High St. stop has a traffic island in the way. These problems cause buses to park improperly when busy, causing unecessary tailbacks. I have waited in Head St. before and seen my bus drive past owing to lack of parking space. All good locations have bus and rail services intergrated. I think it's too late for Colchester, as nothing has been done for years. If the bus stops are a shambles, what hope for a proper bus station? greenbroker
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2:33pm Tue 2 Aug 11

Libetia says...

You make a good point, greenbroker. Car parking in Colchester is dreadful either expensive (although I went to Cambridge last weekend - that takes expensive to a whole new level) or inadequate. With a better infrastructure, more people may use public transport to come into town to shop rather than use their cars. Many years ago (when I couldn't afford a car), I used the bus to come into town and the old bus station was perfectly adequate for my needs. Sadly, a succession of "planning decisions" took that away. The bus stops around the town centre are not good enough unless the entire one-way section of the town centre (High Street, Queen St, St Botolphs St, Osborne Street, St Johns St and Head Street) are closed to "normal" traffic during trading hours.
You make a good point, greenbroker. Car parking in Colchester is dreadful either expensive (although I went to Cambridge last weekend - that takes expensive to a whole new level) or inadequate. With a better infrastructure, more people may use public transport to come into town to shop rather than use their cars. Many years ago (when I couldn't afford a car), I used the bus to come into town and the old bus station was perfectly adequate for my needs. Sadly, a succession of "planning decisions" took that away. The bus stops around the town centre are not good enough unless the entire one-way section of the town centre (High Street, Queen St, St Botolphs St, Osborne Street, St Johns St and Head Street) are closed to "normal" traffic during trading hours. Libetia
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3:46pm Tue 2 Aug 11

jut1972 says...

Good god some people are never happy. For years you have been bleating about needing a bus station and now the stops aren't good enough, its in the wrong place...

Carry on in this vein and watch it disappear due to "adverse reaction"
Good god some people are never happy. For years you have been bleating about needing a bus station and now the stops aren't good enough, its in the wrong place... Carry on in this vein and watch it disappear due to "adverse reaction" jut1972
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3:57pm Tue 2 Aug 11

Libetia says...

The point is that we had a bus station and there was nothing wrong with it. Someone then decided to close it & instead built a giant golden dustbin in its place. Putting the new bus station somewhere that is impractical & will only make the already traffic-choked streets of the town centre even worse isn't going to help matters. I don't get the bus into town any more as there are no bus stops near my house, so I have to drive.

And since when did "adverse reaction" by the general public ever have any effect on our beloved council's decision?
The point is that we had a bus station and there was nothing wrong with it. Someone then decided to close it & instead built a giant golden dustbin in its place. Putting the new bus station somewhere that is impractical & will only make the already traffic-choked streets of the town centre even worse isn't going to help matters. I don't get the bus into town any more as there are no bus stops near my house, so I have to drive. And since when did "adverse reaction" by the general public ever have any effect on our beloved council's decision? Libetia
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4:08pm Tue 2 Aug 11

MerylthePeril says...

I hope it happens BUT this is the same Lyn Barton who promised work would start on the Ash Sakula "cultural quarter" by 2010 and that a new hotel on the Keddies site would open its doors in plenty of time for the 2012 olympics.... And I can't see how it could work unless they demolish or incorporate at least the western corner of the bingo/car-park building.
I hope it happens BUT this is the same Lyn Barton who promised work would start on the Ash Sakula "cultural quarter" by 2010 and that a new hotel on the Keddies site would open its doors in plenty of time for the 2012 olympics.... And I can't see how it could work unless they demolish or incorporate at least the western corner of the bingo/car-park building. MerylthePeril
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6:40pm Tue 2 Aug 11

snoswad says...

sense at last.demolish that stretch from botolph st to vinyard st.sorted.
sense at last.demolish that stretch from botolph st to vinyard st.sorted. snoswad
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9:21am Sat 6 Aug 11

Squidward Tenticals says...

What is the obsession with bus stations in this town ? haven't we got enough numbers in our book's ?
What is the obsession with bus stations in this town ? haven't we got enough numbers in our book's ? Squidward Tenticals
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6:33pm Mon 8 Aug 11

missymoouk says...

how about just get rid of the awful new VAF that most people in colchester wil never use and leave the bus staiton where it is!!
how about just get rid of the awful new VAF that most people in colchester wil never use and leave the bus staiton where it is!! missymoouk
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