We have now heard back from FIRST Buses about the proposed plans to Route 62 following Hedinghams withdrawal from Route 87.  It’s not 100% what was requested at discussions and meetings, but does fill many “gaps” and will be a welcome relief for may concerned residents.

The changes and additional services will take effect from Sunday October 21. It takes that time to agree details with the traffic Commissioners office.

A Sunday service will be added with 4 buses during the day – more or less the same as previously.

  • 0835, 1035, 1235, 1605 Brightlingsea to Colchester
  • 0935, 1135, 1505, 1710 Colchester to Brightlingsea
  • The Monday to Friday new late service will be 2100 and 2300 Colchester to Brightlingsea, and 2205 Brightlingsea to Colchester
  • Saturday evening buses will be 2100 and 2245 Colchester to Brightlingsea.

It’s not clear yet whether Sunday services will be the same on Bank holidays.

The obvious immediate problem is that the 87 route will cease from September 1 and this will leave Brightlingsea without any Sunday Service to the Town for seven weeks.  The steering group were especially concerned for any residents who needed to visit hospitals and can only uses a bus service.  Talks have started to set up a system with volunteers who will drive residents to and from hospital for visits and there is already a list of names.  Full details are being prepared but it is likely that there will be a central telephone number where trips can be “booked” around the same times that buses would run.

We have seven days to sort out the mechanics but we are confident that from next Sunday some system will be available.  We need to set up a system for the potential “users” and also for those who want to volunteer.

The amended 62 bus timetable will be made available throughout the Town and it is hoped that later this week the FIRST web page will include them in their information section.  There will be no charge for this service.

For anybody who can get to Thorrington Cross or Wivenhoe there are a range of existing bus services to Colchester.

The new timetable can be downloaded here.