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16 May 2017

Colchester United are proud to have one of the most accessible stadiums in the Football League.

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3 April 2017

Colchester United opening hours are as follows:-

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Attending Regularly?

3 April 2017

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Information For Families

3 April 2017

Colchester United were the EFL's Family Club of the Year in 2015 - and we are proud to offer a family friendly environment at our stadium.

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Getting To The Game

Colchester United's matchday shuttle bus service will continue to run for the coming season at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

The service has been subsidised by chairman Robbie Cowling since its inception, and the club will continue to subsidise the buses in the coming year, with the price being £2.50 for a return ticket on the service provided in association with First Buses.

The services from the Ancient Briton, Drury Arms and Fat Cat pubs will be on offer once again, all stopping on Head Street at the bus stop adjacent to the Royal Bank of Scotland to collect fans from the town. 

The new season will also see the bus stop near to the Victoria Inn, with the buses picking up near HSBC on North Station Road.

There is also an East Colchester bus, which passes by the campus at the University of Essex.

Senior citizens will continue to be able to use the shuttle buses for FREE on presentation of their Essex County Council concessionary pass.

Getting To Bruff Close 
In order to get to our Shuttle Bus service, it may be that you need to catch a bus on the Colchester network to reach that part of town. 

Alternatively, you may wish to get a bus that gets you into the general vicinity of the stadium and walk the remaining distance! 

For the Colchester Network Map, click HERE | For a map of the buses that bring you close to the stadium, click HERE 

Our Shuttle Bus Service
Details of the timetable are below.

COLCHESTER UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB
FOOTBALL SHUTTLE BUSES FOR SEASON 2016/17

Pre-Game Departures
Ancient Briton 1.30pm (Saturdays) 6.15pm (Mid Week Games)
Drury Arms 1.35pm (Saturdays) 6.20pm (Mid Week Games)
Fat Cat 1.40pm (Saturdays) 6.25pm (Mid Week Games)
Victoria Inn 1.45pm (Saturdays) 6.30pm (MidWeek Games)  

All Pub buses will call at Head Street (at the stop nearest to the Royal Bank of Scotland) after departing the Fat Cat pub.

East Colchester bus
Colchester Bus Station (on Stanwell St) 1.45pm (3pm kick-off), 6.30pm (7.45pm kick-off)
Old Heath Speedwell Rd 1.57pm (3pm), 6.42pm (7.45pm)
University of Essex Valley Road 2.05pm (3pm), 6.50pm (7.45pm)
Greenstead Library 2.15pm (3pm) 7.00pm (7.45pm)
St.John Estate Shops 2.20pm (3pm) 7.05pm (7.45pm)
Highwoods Approach 2.25pm (3pm) 7.10pm (7.45pm)
Severalls Business Park 2.30pm (3pm) 7.15pm (7.45pm)

Bruff Close 
1:00pm and at regular intervals until 2.45pm (Saturdays)
6pm and at regular intervals until 7.30pm (Mid Week)

Severalls 
2.30pm (Saturdays)
7.15pm (Mid Week)

Post-Game Departures
Return buses leave for the pubs at 5.05pm (Weekend Games) & 10pm (Midweek Games)

Bruff Close 
4:50pm and at regular intervals until 6:00pm (Saturdays)
9.30pm and at regular intervals until 10.15pm (Mid Week)

East Colchester bus
5.15pm (Saturdays)
10pm (Mid Week)

Severalls 
5.15pm (Saturdays)
10pm (Mid Week)

Fares
£2.50 return for all bus journeys.

Concessions
OAPs qualify for free travel only when an Essex County Council Concessionary Pass is presented. No other concessions apply.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO USE THE SERVICE?

• Either walk to Bruff Close or use the normal bus services, to get to and from Bruff Close between 12.30pm and 6.30pm on match days, (between 6pm and 10.30pm for evening games).

• At Bruff Close pick up your Shuttle Service. 

WHERE IS BRUFF CLOSE?

Bruff Close is a short walk from North Station forecourt. Walk down Station Approach and turn left to cross Bergholt Road at the crossing. Continue on to Mile End Road and cross it at the crossing just twenty yards up. Bruff Close is directly in front of you with The Big Yellow Warehouse on the right hand side.

With the infrastructure around the stadium continuing to grow, there's more opportunity than ever to get to the stadium by foot or on your bike.

And with more houses in the immediate locality of the stadium, there are now many more people able to get to the stadium by non-vehicular means. 

There are a number of footpaths that now reach the stadium safely, whilst the new Via Urbis Romanae road allows cyclists safe passage to visit the stadium. 

To see the local area and footpaths, click HERE | To find out more about the local cycle networks, click HERE and HERE

The stadium is also accessible from the Boxted Road end of the site for supporters living in nearby villages and the Nayland Road and Mile End road areas. 

When at the stadium site, we have a good number of bike racks and bike shed for people wishing to cycle to a matchday!

Colchester United and the club's Supporters' Association have tried to provide a number of alternatives for supporters so that they can leave their car at home when coming to the Weston Homes Community Stadium. 

For some supporters though, the car is the only method of getting to the ground.

A12 - JUNCTION 28
December 2010 saw the new junction serving the Weston Homes Community Stadium open to the public.

This means that the stadium is now just seconds from the main A12 trunk road that serves East Anglia.

From the south (Ipswich bound carriageway)
To access the stadium from the south, turn off at Junction 28, turning right at the first roundabout. Go across the bridge and then go straight over the second roundabout, before turning right into United Way from the third roundabout. You are now at the stadium.

From the north (London bound carriageway)
To access the stadium from the north, turn off at Junction 28, turning left at the first roundabout. Turn right into United Way from the second roundabout. You are now at the stadium.

The postcode of the stadium is CO4 5UP, with an alternative postcode to use being CO4 5JS, which is the nearby Rapid Electronics factory.

MATCHDAY CAR PARK PERMITS
Please note that there is only limited car parking at the stadium itself, with just under 700 spaces in the main stadium car park.

These are available on a match by match basis and can be pre-booked online at www.colutickets.com (including a Print At Home service) or via the Ticket Office by calling 01206 755161.

Parking in advance is £6 and, whilst some permits at this price may be available on the day, matchday parking is typically £7 per car.

Visiting supporters are able to pre-book a car parking permit, and early booking is advisable.

Colchester United supporters are also able to buy a permit for the season to take away the worry of finding somewhere to park. For details of how to book a place for the whole season, please call the ticket office.

Fans wishing to get dropped off may do so by being left at one of two points:-

- Boxted Road bus turning zone - strictly no parking, as well as no post match pick ups at this entrance
- South Stand Car Park (as directed by steward)

PARKING EXCLUSION ZONE
Both Colchester United and visiting supporters should be aware that the immediate area around the Weston Homes Community Stadium is subject to a Parking Exclusion Zone on matchdays.

Covering both existing Clearways and also nearby residential areas, these roads will be marshalled by Colchester United and Essex Police to prevent parking on roads not permitted under the Stadium Travel Plan.

Parking enforcement will be carried out, so you are advised to check signage and lines carefully. Note that the Clearway restriction is not marked by yellow lines - but is zoned within signs marked with a red cross on a blue background. 

Clearway means that you cannot stop to load or unload passengers, wait or park, and the restriction applies to the disabled drivers "blue badge". 

The following roads have a Clearway "No Stopping" restriction, which also extends to roadside verges and footways:

· Northern Approach Road;
· Boxted Road;
· Langham Road;
· Severalls Lane;
· Axial Way; and
· United Way.

Most other areas have either resident only parking restrictions or yellow lines. Residential areas subject to these restrictions include:-

* Mile End Road
* Nayland Road (particularly near the Dog & Pheasant pub)
* Turner Road 
* Mill Road

Marshalls will also be monitoring nearby residential estates such as those leading off from Mill Road onto the 'Roman Place' development to encourage safe parking in those areas.

Please respect the residential areas near the ground.

Owners of any vehicles contravening the parking restrictions could be liable for a Penalty Charge Notice (£70).

TRY THE ALTERNATIVES!
In general, the advice remains - please try our other options in the Matchday Travel Service, found elsewhere in this section.

Fans coming by car are able to park in town car parks, paying the required fee, before joining up with the Matchday Rover service or Shuttle Bus service.

For many visiting fans throughout the coming season, coming to the Weston Homes Community Stadium will be a brand new experience.

With parking limited in the immediate surrounds of the stadium - similar to the schemes in operation at Brighton and Swansea - visiting fans are advised to use official coach travel services where possible and where advertised with your own club.

There are, however, other alternatives.

1) VISITING FANS BY CAR
For some supporters though, the car is the only method of getting to the ground.

A12 - JUNCTION 28
December 2010 saw the new junction serving the Weston Homes Community Stadium open to the public.

This means that the stadium is now just seconds from the main A12 trunk road that serves East Anglia.

From the south (Ipswich bound carriageway)
To access the stadium from the south, turn off at Junction 28, turning right at the first roundabout. Go across the bridge and then go straight over the second roundabout, before turning right into United Way from the third roundabout. You are now at the stadium.

From the north (London bound carriageway)
To access the stadium from the north, turn off at Junction 28, turning left at the first roundabout. Turn right into United Way from the second roundabout. You are now at the stadium.

The postcode of the stadium is CO4 5UP, but you can also use CO4 5JS, which is the nearby Rapid Electronics factory.

1a - Matchday Car Park Permits
Please note that there is only limited car parking at the stadium itself, with just under 700 spaces in the main stadium car park. You can book a parking permit via 01206 755161 or on www.colutickets.com, where we also offer the chance to print your own permit! 

Fans are able to use the nearby Park & Ride car park, which is a 5-10 minute walk to the stadium across Boxted Road bridge.

1b - Parking Exclusion Zone
Both Colchester United and visiting supporters should be aware that the immediate area around the Weston Homes Community Stadium is subject to a Parking Exclusion Zone on matchdays.

Covering both existing Clearways and also nearby residential areas, these roads will be marshalled by Colchester United and Essex Police to prevent parking on roads not permitted under the Stadium Travel Plan. 

1c - Parking in Colchester
Fans coming by car are able to park in town centre car parks, paying the required fee, before joining up with the Matchday Travel Service.

There are a number of town centre car parks if you wish to sample the town itself before the game, whilst there is also an extensive pay car park at Colchester Train Station.

If parking in a town centre car park, visiting fans can buy a ticket on the number 65 bus on Head Street to the train station (a five to ten minute journey), where they can then link up with the shuttle bus service.

There are plenty of pubs and restaurants in the town centre and visiting fans may find that getting to the ground in this way is an enjoyable one.

VISITING FANS BY TRAIN
Visiting fans arriving by train to Colchester Station are able to take advantage of our shuttle bus service, which costs just £2.50 for a return journey.

Upon arrival at Colchester Station, fans should turn left out of Colchester Station and hop on the shuttle buses. The shuttle bus starts at 1pm on a Saturday matchday (6pm midweek) and takes less than ten minutes to get to the ground!

Colchester United run road closures on matchdays.

When the club first moved into the Weston Homes Community Stadium, Essex Police have used their powers to perform a road closure on Boxted Road at the end of matches.

This was in order to reduce the risks associated with a large number of spectators leaving the stadium at once and coming into contact with vehicles.

Following a successful application by the club to the Council, Colchester United are now performing the road closures themselves.

A select number of stewards have received training on performing road closures and now have Police accreditation to do so.

The section of Boxted Road involved will be from immediately north of the service road to the hospital and approximately 20 yards north of the entrance to United Way.

No residential roads will be within the road closure zone.

The anticipated road closure time is for 20 minutes at the end of the game. An approximate time is 4.50pm to 5.10pm on Saturdays and 9.35pm to 9.55pm on weekday evening kick-offs.

We will, however, avoid road closures on low attendance games.

Fixed road signs will inform drivers of the arrangement and, on the day of the game, temporary signs will inform drivers before they reach the closure zone.

Both Colchester United and visiting supporters should be aware that the immediate area around the Weston Homes Community Stadium is subject to a Parking Exclusion Zone on matchdays.

Covering both existing Clearways and also nearby residential areas, these roads will be marshalled by Colchester United and Essex Police to prevent parking on roads not permitted under the Stadium Travel Plan. 

Parking enforcement will be carried out, so you are advised to check signage and lines carefully. Note that the Clearway restriction is not marked by yellow lines - but is zoned within signs marked with a red cross on a blue background. 

Clearway means that you cannot stop to load or unload passengers, wait or park, and the restriction applies to the disabled drivers "blue badge".  

The following roads have a Clearway "No Stopping" restriction, which also extends to roadside verges and footways: 

· Northern Approach Road;
· Boxted Road;
· Langham Road;
· Severalls Lane;
· Axial Way; and
· United Way.

Most other areas have either resident only parking restrictions or yellow lines. Residential areas subject to these restrictions include:-

* Mile End Road
* Nayland Road (particularly near the Dog & Pheasant pub)
* Turner Road 
* Mill Road

Marshalls will also be monitoring nearby residential estates such as those leading off from Mill Road onto the 'Roman Place' development to encourage safe parking in those areas.

Please respect the resident areas near the ground.

Owners of any vehicles contravening the parking restrictions could be liable for a Penalty Charge Notice (£70).