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Any one Use The Free Buses Mon Night ?

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posted Aug 6, 2008

I tell you what i'm thinking...i thinking you've spent far too much time thinking about the pro's & cons of free busses...

Get a hobby - or a car

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posted Aug 6, 2008

The buses can only cope with 6,000 people

wait until southend or leeds come and we have a capacity croawd

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comment by swcolu (U10603304)

posted Aug 6, 2008

Spot on analysis Mikey. The stewards and the police hadn't perfected the process for lining people up for the buses after the game. I think they need to push them round to the left in an orderly queue and then bring 3 buses around at a time to be filled.

Some barriers wouldn't go amiss too. Lots of people, pushing, very dark, buses swinging round a tight corner...hmmm...it's only a matter of time before someone gets hit.

PC Plod didn't help when he started letting people on buses on the other side, which started the stampede across the road from one side to the other.

Although, the stampede was very similar to the Serengeti wilderbeest migration when they cross the river and try to avoid the crocs.

All in all, I would give the bus service 7/10. Few problems to iron out and it will be interesting to see what happens when there is a capacity crowd and some away fans are thrown into the mix too.

Up the U's

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posted Aug 6, 2008

Parked about 200m away in one of the incomplete entrance/exits off United? Way... And will continue to do so until otherwise directed by Police or a T.warden. I come from Woodbridge so getting to Bruff Close means using Cowdray Way ...always a pleasent drive on a Saturday afternoon!

Col U rule ok!

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posted Aug 6, 2008

Bob you were one of the numpties causing disruption.I couldnt believe the places people were willing to leave their cars.I saw one person just abandon his vehicle on a roundabout, he obviously were'nt bothered it cause an accident.I reckon the famous cones will be out next time.

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posted Aug 6, 2008

Excuse me....but I was parked off the main road causing no one any grief! Have you been down Cowdray Av of a Saturday afternoon? Cos that's the road I'd have to take to get to the free bus to take me back to the Farm having passed it 3 mile back on my way into town from Woodbridge!!!

Col U rule ok!

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posted Aug 7, 2008

I had a very good experience on the buses. There in 5 minutes, away in 10 despite the queue. Was in the pub 20 minutes after the end of the game!
Fingerbob I suspect that will be the only time you will be able to park where you did. Was up there yesterday and clearway/parking enforcement notices are up everywhere. By the Huddersfield game the council will have the parking attendants out in force making as much money as they can.

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posted Aug 7, 2008

Good grief - there's a whole bunch of you...

does anyone know you are all out at the same time ?

laughyikes

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posted Aug 7, 2008

Sherriff, do have nothing better to do that hijack our chats ?
Is there nothing happening down in the west country??

Dont the Chelski boys have nothing to chat about, fat frank going ? John berry falling over [again] applause.

More so, does your mummy know you're on the computor again and on a grown-ups web site! laugh

Try the C-BBC web site

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posted Aug 7, 2008

Mikey

Come on now..a bunch of (grown ups) talking about free busses

It's gagging for a response frankly

Did you collect all the bus numbers for your book ?

Why don't you all get together & hire a minibus.....wouldn't be the same adventure though - would it

blusherm

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comment by TOJH (U8524725)

posted Aug 7, 2008

Sheriff - If you really want to know the buses (one 's' mind) were unnumbered but marked 'Private'. winkeye

As it is a group of footy fans are having a perfectly normal conversation about the efficiency or otherwise of the local travel plan put together by our Supporter's Association.

If you don't have anything constructive to add, feel free to pi550ff and find someone else to irritate. Otherwise you're free to join in, although I doubt that it'll mean much to you.

Anyway, back to the thread. I can appreciate fingerbob's position since the travel plan is geared really for Colchester based fans. Rather than clogging the access road better solutions would either be to avoid Cowdray Avenue (go along Mill Road and down the NAR) or else park at the top of Mile End Road and walk up from the Dog & Pheasant (about 5-10 min stroll).

For locally based fans, and as I've suggested elsewhere, it's best to car share and park at the ground or use the Matchday Rover tickets. They are cheaper than taking the car anyway.

You can be sure that United Way, Axial Way and Boxted Rd will all be coned off for all home games.

Apart from that I found the shuttle bus worked well, apart from the problems loading up after the game and that our driver went back down the NAR instead of using the bus lane on Mile End Rd. My journey to the ground took under 30 mins door to door with the western end of United Way open. When I went to collect my ticket on Friday it took me at least 20 mins to go all the way round the other way, and that by motorbike.

Up the Us

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posted Aug 7, 2008

Oh my...we are a bit touchy on our little bus subject on here aren,t we...!

I bet you all run & fight to get the front seat on the top deck....don't you

Go on admit it...you do

runrunrunrun

cdoublecdouble

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comment by TOJH (U8524725)

posted Aug 7, 2008

My seven year old did, but then that would be about the right level wouldn't it.

Didn't realise you were so fascinated in the things that young children get up to.

You want to be careful there, mate.

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posted Aug 7, 2008

I think until the council can come up with the elusive park and ride scheme,we are all going to have to look at other ways of getting to the stadium.I think its going to have to have an effect on rural support,that doesnt have a shuttle bus service.

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posted Aug 7, 2008

I would advocate allowing people to park along United way etc, but only on one side. It's not like there is that much thru traffic on a Saturday afternoon or a Tuesday night. And those new roads are perfectly wide enough to allow it.

Col U rule ok!

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posted Aug 8, 2008

All about the push bike!!!

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comment by TOJH (U8524725)

posted Aug 8, 2008

Interesting idea Fingerbob (albeit it with a little bit of self-interested creeping in, naturally).

I think that it would work, until that side fills up after the first 100 cars and people start taking the pi55, parking on the grass or double parking. Lok at the mess that was Layer road oppostie the end of Boadicea. That was chaos after a game with cars and people everywhere.

Also the road space will run out very quickly once the adjacent plots fill in. OK that might take a year or two, but we should be looking for a longer term solution.

Of course, the proper long-term answer is public transport, with the local travel plan being extended to include the TGM buses (ie the old Corporation routes) as well as a proper Park & Ride like was originally intended.

Alternatively, what would be more helpful would be for the local businesses to open their car parks at 5 a game. That would more than cover the cost to them of employing a couple of security bods for 5 hours each with next to no other outlay. The important bit would be to undercut the 'official' car park to guarantee business rather than hiking prices to take short term advantage.

If they did this consistently then the council would probably revise downwards the cost of the main car park. And if the businesses need the space themselves on any particular day then they can either cordon off some of their spaces or simply not open that week.

Also other firms (especially the pubs like the Rovers Tye, Shepherd & Dog, Ardleigh Crown and Balkerne Gate could be selling pre-booked parking spaces with a 'free' minibus to the ground and back. Again 5 a head would easily cover it. The Dog & Pheasant should be touting itself as the new 'home' pub. They could charge a couple of quid to park, let people wwalk to the ground and rake in the extra beer spend.

Up the U's



Up the U's

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posted Aug 8, 2008

Being a new vsitor to Col U matches I drove from Maldon and parked in Industrial Estate for Bilbao match but am interested to know other's views on best place to park. No travel plan seems to cater for fans travelling from Maldon area.

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comment by TOJH (U8524725)

posted Aug 8, 2008

As a development from my earlier post, and with an eye to some outlaying fans, don't forget the trains!

Marks Tey station has parking at only 1 all day Saturdays (admittedly in the gravel pit but it's not too bad). And there's street parking a few minutes walk from the station. An off-peak return is only about 2.50 (less if you have a railcard or the new footy fa rail card). So it's feasible to get to the ground for less than 3.50. That might be an option for anyone outside Colchester to the west. I don't know about the east.

Also, off-peak car parking at Colchester North is only a few quid (about 5) - half the price of the official car park. It's a public car park with plenty of space so might be a good option for some people.

Up the Us

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posted Aug 8, 2008

All I know is that it's cheaper for me to drive rather than train/bus from Woodbridge... never mind the time it takes there and back.

I also have no wish to negotiate Cowdray Avenue twice on a Saturday afternoon just to get to the free bus!

I come of the A12 at Ardliegh straight into and thru Severals Ind Est and park off street. Any solution needs to be as easy and just for once in this recessionary age... Cheap! ...nay, FREE!

Col U rule ok!

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