Why are the changes being made to Colchester Bus Stops?
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.