Colchester station travel plan set for launch
National Express East Anglia in partnership with Colchester Borough Council and Essex County Council are preparing to unveil a Station Travel Plan for Colchester North station on Monday 12 October at 15.00.
Colchester North is amongst the busiest stations in the east of England and one of just 24 Station Travel Plan initiatives that are being launched across the country where local partnerships have developed plans to encourage rail passengers to use more sustainable forms of transport when travelling to and from their stations. This includes improving access to public transport and providing facilities to encourage walking and cycling.
The National Station Travel Plans initiative was launched in Southend-on-Sea earlier this year and has been developed by an alliance of rail industry organisations, led by the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) and supported by organisations including local authorities and train companies.
The Travel Plan is aimed at increasing the number of passengers travelling to and from the station by sustainable modes, improving accessibility for pedestrians, cyclists and bus users thereby reducing the environmental impact of journeys made. The plan also encourages greater use of train services for commuting, shopping and leisure purposes. Commuters arriving at the station on 12 October will be greeted by an exhibition vehicle where they can learn more about the Station Travel Plan initiative.
Jackie Gibbs, Head of Customer Service, North for National Express East Anglia said: “National Express is at the forefront of the Station Travel Plan initiatives and we are delighted to be working closely with our local authority partners to improve access for our customers using Colchester North station.”
Councillor Lyn Barton, Planning, Regeneration and Sustainability Portfolio Holder for Colchester Borough Council said: “We gained some important feedback from residents throughout the consultation process and I thank everyone who participated. We have listened and the resulting action plan aims to improve access to the station - a key gateway to both the town and the region - and will encourage more people to travel by modes other than car.”
County Councillor Norman Hume, Cabinet Member for Highways & Transportation said: “I am very pleased that a Station Travel Plan has been developed for Colchester, which is one of the busiest stations in the east of England. Essex County Council actively encourages residents to consider the environmental impact of their journeys, so having this in place for one of our busiest stations is excellent news. The Travel Plan will provide residents with detailed information on how they could get to and from the station, and will introduce a number of initiatives to provide a wider choice of travel.”