A new Park and Ride bus service for staff, patients and visitors to Colchester General Hospital is set to launch on Monday, 9 January.
Colchester Park and Ride buses heading from the site off Junction 28 of the A12 will now serve the new stop along Northern Approach Road.
A day ticket to use the new stop, which forms part of the route into the town centre, will cost just £3 for an adult ticket and will be free for concessionary pass holders after 9am from Monday – Friday and all day Saturday.
Detailed ticket and timetable information is available online at www.essex.gov.uk/parkandride.
Cllr Eddie Johnson, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “Colchester General Hospital offers a vital service for residents across north Essex and I am extremely pleased that we have been able to work with them to offer this quick, clean and convenient transport link to the hospital.
“The Park and Ride is only in its infancy in Colchester but it is growing daily and we are confident this new move will open the bus service to a whole new market.
“Adults can buy a daily ticket which allows unlimited usage, including an onward trip into the town centre, for just £3. Discounted rates are available for children while concessionary pass holders can travel for free after 9am.
“With 1,000 parking spaces on offer and regular buses to and from the town and hospital, what could be easier?”
Chris Howlett, Director of Estates and Facilities at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am delighted that through working in partnership with Essex County Council, the Park and Ride service is now available for our patients, visitors and staff at Colchester General Hospital.
“The service will help to ease site congestion and provide a convenient alternative to all those who need to travel to and from the hospital site and to the Primary Care Centre located on Turner Road.”
Access to and from the Colchester General Hospital site by people using the Park and Ride facility will be via a public right of way that is linked directly to the Northern Approach Road.
Essex County Council funded and installed two bus stops either side of the road at the end of last year (2016), linked by a pre-existing signalled crossing.
In preparation for the new Park and Ride stops, Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Colchester General Hospital, has installed signage and also raised the height of the section of the right of way that in the past was prone to flooding and resurfaced it.
In addition, trees and hedges adjoining the right of way have been trimmed back to maximise the impact of lighting.