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No subject 08:20 - Aug 10 with 471 viewsdurham_exile

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No subject on 10:52 - Aug 10 with 442 viewsburnsieespana

Now durham has my problem!
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No subject on 11:53 - Aug 10 with 433 viewsnoah4x4

No fake news available?

Stop press; Park & Ride buses to run later on evening match days.
Source: Essex County Council. But.....

Costs you £3.20 to get to and from town on First Bus.
Then is it another £3.00 on Park & Ride?
£6.20 just to get to Cuckoo Farm? Who will pay that?

OK, a First Bus Rover is merely £4.00 But buses from the Water Tower are every 30 minutes. So will a Colchester Rover also cover the slightly closer Park & Ride bus?

"We will be checking if parked cars have bought a ticket".
But what happens if you don't park a car at the Park & Ride?

It is Match day tomorrow and still no clear information except a timetable. Glad I am not going to witness the transport shambles (am at cricket instead).
[Post edited 10 Aug 11:55]
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No subject on 16:45 - Aug 10 with 401 viewsdurham_exile

No subject on 10:52 - Aug 10 by burnsieespana

Now durham has my problem!


Almost a disaster but at least it can't be misconstrued!!!

Up the U's

Durham_exile

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No subject on 17:06 - Aug 10 with 399 viewsnoah4x4

No subject on 11:53 - Aug 10 by noah4x4

No fake news available?

Stop press; Park & Ride buses to run later on evening match days.
Source: Essex County Council. But.....

Costs you £3.20 to get to and from town on First Bus.
Then is it another £3.00 on Park & Ride?
£6.20 just to get to Cuckoo Farm? Who will pay that?

OK, a First Bus Rover is merely £4.00 But buses from the Water Tower are every 30 minutes. So will a Colchester Rover also cover the slightly closer Park & Ride bus?

"We will be checking if parked cars have bought a ticket".
But what happens if you don't park a car at the Park & Ride?

It is Match day tomorrow and still no clear information except a timetable. Glad I am not going to witness the transport shambles (am at cricket instead).
[Post edited 10 Aug 11:55]


Bus update;

Arriva has now confirmed that 'Colchester Day Rovers' (£4.00) legitimately purchased on other Colchester Arriva services are NOT valid on the 'Park & Ride' as that is operated by Essex County Council and separately costs £3.00 . So we must pay twice if we travel via town by that route even though in the same travel zone. But two adults plus two kids can buy a £5 group save on the P & R if they travel together.

However, £4.00 'Colchester Day Rovers' are valid to the Water Tower, Mill Road on other First Bus or Arriva services. But it is a far longer walk via Olympic Way. Or you can get a bus to the Dog & Pheasant, but it is not as regular as a number 8 or #61 or #65.

However, Regular concession bus passes ARE accepted on the Park & Ride.

Shambles or what?

EDIT this has changed -see later post.
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No subject on 17:22 - Aug 10 with 396 viewsLeadbelly

No subject on 17:06 - Aug 10 by noah4x4

Bus update;

Arriva has now confirmed that 'Colchester Day Rovers' (£4.00) legitimately purchased on other Colchester Arriva services are NOT valid on the 'Park & Ride' as that is operated by Essex County Council and separately costs £3.00 . So we must pay twice if we travel via town by that route even though in the same travel zone. But two adults plus two kids can buy a £5 group save on the P & R if they travel together.

However, £4.00 'Colchester Day Rovers' are valid to the Water Tower, Mill Road on other First Bus or Arriva services. But it is a far longer walk via Olympic Way. Or you can get a bus to the Dog & Pheasant, but it is not as regular as a number 8 or #61 or #65.

However, Regular concession bus passes ARE accepted on the Park & Ride.

Shambles or what?

EDIT this has changed -see later post.
[Post edited 15 Aug 21:13]


Attendance tomorrow will be a decent indicator of whether dropping the shuttle bus service is a good or bad idea. We can then discuss whether or not it is a shambles.

First home game last season was as follows:

Us v Stevenage - Saturday 12 August - attendance 3,330

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No subject on 23:27 - Aug 10 with 352 viewsmfb_cufc

I predict tomorrows attendance will be below 3,000. Scrapping the shuttle buses will prove to be a bigger disaster than the club could imagine.

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No subject on 08:48 - Aug 11 with 338 viewsLeadbelly

No subject on 23:27 - Aug 10 by mfb_cufc

I predict tomorrows attendance will be below 3,000. Scrapping the shuttle buses will prove to be a bigger disaster than the club could imagine.


The alternative travel options being put forward by the club are legion but none are as convenient or quick as the shuttle buses. I fear you may be right, which is why I posted the attendance from last season's opening fixture, but until we see the numbers we don't know what impact this decision will have. The word shambles may be used again before long!

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No subject on 16:35 - Aug 11 with 306 viewswessex_exile

Attendance today 3,183, two less than our average gate last season, and 147 less than our first home match last season against Stevenage (did they bring more support than Port Vale today?). Average paying customers on the shuttle buses last season was 166 per match, are they who we're missing today?

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No subject on 12:47 - Aug 15 with 212 viewsDaniel

Tuesday vs Crewe will be a good indicator as there are less travel options compared to a Saturday.

Last season's Tuesday league home games...
12 Sep vs Chesterfield - 2552 (117 away)
21 Nov vs Lincoln - 3102 (475 away)
13 Feb vs Coventry - 3319 (438 away)
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No subject on 17:17 - Aug 15 with 188 viewsgerry_us

No subject on 12:47 - Aug 15 by Daniel

Tuesday vs Crewe will be a good indicator as there are less travel options compared to a Saturday.

Last season's Tuesday league home games...
12 Sep vs Chesterfield - 2552 (117 away)
21 Nov vs Lincoln - 3102 (475 away)
13 Feb vs Coventry - 3319 (438 away)


Ah Chesterfield....whatever happened to them?
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No subject on 21:12 - Aug 15 with 171 viewsnoah4x4

Folks, be careful when buying bus tickets. Travel to the stadium is now far more complicated.

A £4 'All Day' Rover is now only valid for the issuing bus company. Hence, unlike last season, you can no longer buy a 'Return' or First Bus Rover to Mill Road or the Dog & Pheasant and expect to come back on Arriva (or vice versa).

Instead you need to buy a £4.50 Colchester Borough Card. But NEITHER 'All Day' or 'Borough' are valid on the (Arriva) Park and Ride. If asked, both First Bus and Arriva bus drivers will tell you otherwise. Many fans with such tickets had to pay a further £3.00 on Saturday.

So if you need a bus to first get you to town and then use the P & R the cost might be £4.50 + £3.00 if you want choice of service back. It's pay up or your choice of bus company/option is halved. Then for evening matches, the #65 service from Mill Road is every 30 minutes. Hopeless!

Gerry, hundreds of us previously bought such Rover tickets at bus stops prior to Bruff Close. Hence far more than the 166 that paid there legitimately travelled. Robbie Cowling has had his pocket picked as in effect (between us) we paid twice. Many others never paid a penny as they got taxis/lifts to the ground and hitched a free ride back as return tickets were never checked. I know of many that shared taxis on Saturday and its boom time for the mini-cabs. But the day we do get a decent crowd it will be utter chaos.
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