Colchester Community Voluntary Services (CCVS) are delighted to announce the launch of a new hopper bus route for the residents of Stanway to the Tollgate retail park. The service starts on Wednesday 9th November and will run on both Wednesdays and Fridays (except bank holidays) throughout the year.
The concept of a Stanway Hopper Bus was the brainchild of the Lib Dem Stanway Ward councillors, Lesley and Jessica Scott-Boutell. Residents from both north and south of the ward had contacted them asking them for better transport links to Doctors and shops in the Tollgate area. Always keen to take up a challenge, they contacted Colchester Community Voluntary Sector (CCVS) to explore ways of making the concept a reality. They successfully lobbied Colchester Borough Council and developers to provide funding to launch the SB38 service, known as the Stanway Hopper bus. This will be operated by CCVS and will link Tollgate with other localities in the Stanway area not currently served by existing public transport, improving provision for isolated residents who are unable to use existing bus services. The year-long trial will operate on a commercial basis, with concessionary fares accepted from qualifying passengers.
Lesley Scott-Boutell, Lib Dem councillor for Stanway, who along with Cllr Jessica Scott-Boutell campaigned with, and lobbied on behalf of, residents for the new bus routes, said: “This is really great news for people in the Stanway area. We are delighted that by working with our partners and developers we were able to deliver the supporting infrastructure that our residents told us they needed.
Cllr Jessica Scott-Boutell, added: “The Stanway Hopper service will, I’m sure, offer a vital and effective solution to our resident’s needs, and I would encourage as many people as possible to use the bus and provide feedback to us.”
Tracy Rudling, CEO of Colchester Community Voluntary Services, commented: “As Colchester continues it’s development further out of the town centre, it has become even more vital for services such as Community Transport to support those who may be socially or geographically isolated. Our scheme has responded to this by providing accessible transport throughout the borough; we are delighted at this opportunity to better serve the Stanway community”.
|Route 1||Route 2|
|10.00 – Egremont Way10.05 – Dyers Road (Alt. Blackberry Road)10.10 – Warren Lane (Bailey Dale)10.13 – Villa Road (Village Hall)10.14 – Villa Road (Shops)Via London RoadVia Tollgate Road
10.18 – Boots
10.20 – Sainsbury’s
10.25 – Tollgate Health Centre
|10.30 – Lucy Lane South10.32 – Peace Road (Damask Close)10.33 – Peace Road (Rambler Close)10.34 – Peace Road10.37 – Halstead Road (Tudor Rose Close)10.40 – Cornflower Close10.44 – Dale Close
Via Halstead Road
10.48 – Sainsbury’s
10.51 – Boots
10.55 – Tollgate Health Centre
|Route 3 (return)||Route 4 (return)|
|12.30 – Tollgate Health Centre12.40 – Sainsbury’s12.42 – BootsVia Tollgate RoadVia London Road12.45 – Villa Road (Shops)12.46 – Villa Road (Village Hall)
12.48 – Warren Lane (Bailey Dale)
12.50 – Dyers Road (Alt Blackberry Road)
12.55 – Egremont Way
|13.15 – Tollgate Health Centre13.17 – Boots13.25 – Sainsbury’sVia Halstead Road13.28 – Dale Close13.32 – Cornflower Close13.35 – Halstead Road (Tudor Road Close)
13.38 – Peace Road
13.40 – Peace Road (Ramblers Close)
13.42 – Peace Road (Damask Close)
13.45 – Lucy Lane South
For further information on 01206 216600 or visit www.ccvs.org