First Buses submit plans for huge Hythe depot

Essex County Standard: First Buses submit plans for huge Hythe depot First Buses submit plans for huge Hythe depot

COLCHESTER'S biggest bus firm has lodged plans to build a new depot at the Hythe. creating up to 100 jobs.

First Buses wants to convert International Timber's former storage site on the Whitehall industrial estate into a depot for up to 106 buses.

It will replace the depots in Queen Street and Magdalen Street, which 53 buses occupy. Colchester Council owns both and wants them to be redeveloped.

For the full story, see Tuesday's Gazette

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9:44am Tue 11 Feb 14

stevedawson says...

Just what the hythe infrastructure needs.
Just what the hythe infrastructure needs. stevedawson

1:41pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Ontheball says...

Would be nice if they replaced all the clapped out, hand me down buses that they operate in the Colchester area. Our service, the 66 to West Bergholt, is always having buses cut out, supposedly due to mechanical defects! We only have a half hourly service, unlike the far more frequent services around town, and when one goes its a damned long wait at uncovered bus stops.

Local parish council has cntacted First and ECC about the problem, but neither can be bothered to reply to correspondence.

All very well having a new depot - but get your act together first on how you run the damned buses!!!
Would be nice if they replaced all the clapped out, hand me down buses that they operate in the Colchester area. Our service, the 66 to West Bergholt, is always having buses cut out, supposedly due to mechanical defects! We only have a half hourly service, unlike the far more frequent services around town, and when one goes its a damned long wait at uncovered bus stops. Local parish council has cntacted First and ECC about the problem, but neither can be bothered to reply to correspondence. All very well having a new depot - but get your act together first on how you run the damned buses!!! Ontheball

11:19pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Dark_Wolf says...

Will they improve the roads to accommodate the extra buses & traffic along the roads in that area? With a new bus depot & new Sainsburys, the roads will get busy in Hythe.
Will they improve the roads to accommodate the extra buses & traffic along the roads in that area? With a new bus depot & new Sainsburys, the roads will get busy in Hythe. Dark_Wolf

8:19am Wed 12 Feb 14

hughie-s says...

Dark_Wolf wrote:
Will they improve the roads to accommodate the extra buses & traffic along the roads in that area? With a new bus depot & new Sainsburys, the roads will get busy in Hythe.
Most bus movements will be outside peak hours and replace the lorries/tankers that exited the area when the Hythe was a working port. The planning application contains a run in/run out schedule which Mondays to Fridays shows no vehicle movements out after 8am and inwards one before 6pm and seven between 6 & 7p, the rest run in later.
[quote][p][bold]Dark_Wolf[/bold] wrote: Will they improve the roads to accommodate the extra buses & traffic along the roads in that area? With a new bus depot & new Sainsburys, the roads will get busy in Hythe.[/p][/quote]Most bus movements will be outside peak hours and replace the lorries/tankers that exited the area when the Hythe was a working port. The planning application contains a run in/run out schedule which Mondays to Fridays shows no vehicle movements out after 8am and inwards one before 6pm and seven between 6 & 7p, the rest run in later. hughie-s

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