Dovercourt/Parkeston buses

The timetable is out for the revised route number 2 service between Harwich Town Railway Station and Parkeston. From my analysis it does not look good for most users and I can’t see it attracting many new passengers.

The round trip journey time is now over 50 minutes due to a revised route that includes the Vines Estate via a dog leg. There are now only five circular (return)  journeys and two one-way journeys. You will be unable to take a bus from Morrisons  at Parkeston, or Una Road, into Dovercourt or Harwich after 1330!First in Essex, the bus operator, said this on their website:

From Monday 2nd February, the revised service 2 will additionally serve the section of Main Road to the east of the Parkeston Road junction, calling at the stops adjacent to Dovercourt Hospital, and will then operate via Ashley Road, Douglas Road, The Ridgeway, Deepdale Road and Fryatt Avenue, picking up the existing route at Parkeston Road and continuing towards Morrisons.

As a result of the longer route taken, and the additional time required to deliver a punctual and reliable service, the frequency of the proposed service will be every 60 minutes instead of the current 20 to 40 minute headway. The first journey on Monday to Friday will be at 0900 from Harwich Bus Station.

In other words,the buses do not go down Parkeston Road, from Main Road, and will not call at the stop by the Scout Hut or the one opposite. Additionally, the last two buses do not return from Morrisons.

A potted timetable is as follows:

Stop . . . . . . .
Harwich Town 0900 1000 1100 1200 1300 1400 1605
High Street 0903 1003 1103 1203 1303 1403 1608
Swimming Pool 0907 1007 1107 1207 1307 1407 1612
Oxenford Close 0912 1012 1112 1212 1312 1412 1617
All Saints Church 0914 1014 1114 1214 1314 1414 1619
Hospital (opp) 0916 1016 1116 1216 1316 1416 1621
Deepdale 0919 1019 1119 1219 1319 1419 1624
Morrisons (opp) 0922 1022 1122 1222 1322 1422 1627
Una Rd (via PQ) 0927 1027 1127 1227 1327 1427 1632
Morrisons 0930 1030 1130 1230 1330
Deepdale 0933 1033 1133 1233 1333
Hospital 0935 1035 1135 1235 1335
Oxenford Close 0940 1040 1140 1240 1340
Swimming Pool 0943 1043 1143 1243 1343
High St 0949 1049 1149 1249 1349

Disclaimer! Times were taken from the Travel Line South East website on 29/01/2015 and were believed to be correct at the time. I do not however accept responsibility for any errors or subsequent changes to bus times. This data is published for informational purposes only. Please check bus times before travelling, or walk (it might be quicker).

 

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