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4 March 2010, 07:17 | Updated: 4 March 2010, 07:28
Plans to set up Colchester's first purpose built park and ride go on show from today.
Essex County Council's proposing a £3.4m pound scheme from Cuckoo Farm near the A12. If it gets the go ahead it'll be up and running from 2012.
The reason Cuckoo Farm has been chosen at the home of park and ride is because it's a rapidly growing area for both business and homes.
650 cars will be able to park on the site with potential to expand that to 1,000 with a frequent bus service into the Town Centre.
Essex County Councillor Norman Hume, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “Colchester continues to be one of the fastest growing towns in Essex bringing jobs and prosperity to its residents and we need to have a transport system to complement that.
“Essex County Council has already hit the ground running, gaining Cycle Town status for Colchester and an award of millions of pounds for a much needed new junction on the A12 to tackle congestion in an important industrial growth area.
“Colchester’s first Park and Ride site will bring many more benefits to the town and is further evidence of Essex County Council’s commitment to do everything it can to keep Colchester moving.”
Colchester Borough Councillor Leader, Cllr Anne Turrell, said: “Colchester Borough Council is very pleased that Essex County Council is progressing plans to bring Park and Ride to Colchester. We are confident it will bring big benefits to our town in terms of sustainable travel and easing congestion.
“Together with a new junction on the A12 the site will be directly accessible for people visiting Colchester from the East, West and North and the service will offer tremendous benefits to businesses in our town centre in terms of attracting more visitors.”
More details of the scheme will be on display at the exhibition which will be held from Thursday 4th until Wednesday 10th March in various locations including Colchester Library, Angel Court and Weston Homes Community Stadium. Residents will be able to view detailed plans and drawings and have their say on the scheme through a questionnaire.
The exhibition dates are as follows
Thursday 4th March, Colchester Central Library, 13.00 - 19.00
Friday 5th March, Colchester Central Library, 8.30 - 19.30*
Saturday 6th March, Colchester Central Library, 10.30 - 15.30
Sunday 7th March, Colchester Central Library, 12.30 -16.30*
Monday 8th March, Angel Court, 10.00 - 17.00*
Tuesday 9th March, Angel Court, 9.00 - 16.00*
Wednesday 10th March Weston Homes Community Stadium 12.00 - 19.30
*these dates will be unstaffed