In the past I have publicly asked why the various folk in Harwich, Tendring & Essex do not co-ordinate their efforts to ensure local events are not ruined by a logistics nightmare – particularly if such nightmare could have been prevented?
Last year, in May, the Tour de Tendring cycle ride was held on a day when there were no trains on the Harwich Branch line. Riders were then faced with cycling from Manningtree (or Thorpe-le-Soken) in order to reach the start on Wick Lane, prior to their 6, 20 or 60(!) mile charity ride.
I’ve therefore been paying particular attention to this year’s event, which is on the same day as a stage of the Women’s Tour – bringing visitors & the international media to Harwich & NE Essex.
This time around, the branch line appears to be operating normally, however trains from London are disrupted.
For anyone travelling from London, the first direct train from Liverpool St on Sunday 11th May is the 07.55 to Harwich International, arriving at 0925. There is an earlier service from Colchester (only) at 08.18 stopping at all stations and arriving in Dovercourt at 08.46. Passengers from Ipswich can leave at 08.09 and connect at Manningtree.
All told, it’s not as bad as I’d feared but anyone wanting to be at the start by 08.00 will be disappointed!
The full timetable for Sunday 11th May is here. I’ll update this post if I hear of any changes.