New car park near Witham train station to ease parking problems

Braintree and Witham Times: The Eckard House site. The Eckard House site.

Parking problems near Witham railway station are set to be eased after a new car park nearby has been given the go ahead.

Braintree Council hopes to ease town centre congestion by building 66 new car parking spaces, including three disabled bays and motorcycle stands, at the site of former office block Eckard House, which was demolished in 2011.

A council report suggested that the site, which adjoins the existing station car park in Easton Road, was desperately needed due to most town centre car parks full with commuters during the week, according to a 2007 study.

See this week's Braintree and Witham Times for the full story.

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9:26pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Bhudeeka says...

Which will make no difference with all the constant ndew builds so stop bleating about something that will be useless in no time and we can just look forward to more concrete jungles being added to our once lovely market town - progress? Shove it
Which will make no difference with all the constant ndew builds so stop bleating about something that will be useless in no time and we can just look forward to more concrete jungles being added to our once lovely market town - progress? Shove it Bhudeeka
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10:18pm Sun 29 Jun 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

And I can think of just the place!
And I can think of just the place! OMPITA [Intl]
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3:45pm Mon 30 Jun 14

keith_l says...

I agree with Bhudeeka in that 66 spaces will barely scratch the surface in terms of the parking problems in Witham. However, I disagree with her analysis of why.

I would be interested to see how many people parking at either the current station car park, the Cut Throat Lane car park, or on residential streets nearby live in Witham and how many commute in by car from nearby towns and villages to catch the train?

Witham is a pretty small town, and anywhere wothin the confines of the town is at most 40 minutes walk or 15 minutes cycle for able bodied people. There are also bus services linking most of the residential services - although the timings and frequency won't suit everyone.

I would like to see the station parking fees put up and the extra income split. Half can be used to subsidise improvements to the busses - cheaper fares, increased frequency, earlier starts and later finishes to encourage less people to use their cars to access the station. The other half can be used to fund projects for Witham because most of the daily incomers seem to come from Braintree, and Witham always seems to get the poor man's share of projects from BDC.
I agree with Bhudeeka in that 66 spaces will barely scratch the surface in terms of the parking problems in Witham. However, I disagree with her analysis of why. I would be interested to see how many people parking at either the current station car park, the Cut Throat Lane car park, or on residential streets nearby live in Witham and how many commute in by car from nearby towns and villages to catch the train? Witham is a pretty small town, and anywhere wothin the confines of the town is at most 40 minutes walk or 15 minutes cycle for able bodied people. There are also bus services linking most of the residential services - although the timings and frequency won't suit everyone. I would like to see the station parking fees put up and the extra income split. Half can be used to subsidise improvements to the busses - cheaper fares, increased frequency, earlier starts and later finishes to encourage less people to use their cars to access the station. The other half can be used to fund projects for Witham because most of the daily incomers seem to come from Braintree, and Witham always seems to get the poor man's share of projects from BDC. keith_l
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