Free Bus Passes - Travel Tokens - Railcards

Colchester Borough Council Travel Concessions Scheme
helps people over 60 and disabled
helps people to travel more cheaply on buses and trains
You can choose to have a
a free bus pass or travel tokens

Local bus companies will accept both
All local taxi firms also accept tokens
You can use your pass throughout Essex
You can use it weekdays after 9am and all day at weekends and Bank Holidays

Travel Tokens
cost £12 (2012) for the year up to 31st March
You get one issue of tokens for the year
You pay the full fare for each journey but you decide whether to use your tokens or pay cash

Rail Travel
You can also get a Senior Rail Card at a special low rate. You qualify if you are 60 and live in the Colchester Borough area

How to Apply

Simply fill in a form - on first application please provide two
recent passport style photos and proof of
age - disability and address
New applications can be made at the address below

Customer Service Centre
High Street - Colchester, CO1 1FP.
8.30am to 5.30pm - Monday to Friday
or by post to:-
Financial Services
PO Box 886
Town Hall, Colchester, CO1 1 FP.
Tel: Colchester 282397 or 282329

or visit website -

Renewing your bus pass

No more queueing for Bus Passes!

Bus Passes will now be automatically renewed and posted to existing pass holders - photographs and details of existing Bus Pass Holders are held on record at CBC. People who prefer to have Travel tokens can have them posted to them. For more information ring Colchester Borough Council on
01206 282329.

If you have a query
Occasional Advice Surgeries are held at the Council Offices in Melrose Road between 10am and 1pm - please contact the Council Offices 382128 for details
No passes will be issued at these surgeries they are merely for information.



IJK Taxi Services
Local - Train station - hospital etc
01206 385984

All UK Airports and Seaports
24 hour bookings taken
4 and 6 seater available
Lady Drivers available
Prompt reliable service
competitive rates
family run business

Mersea Island Taxis (Tooleys Taxis) 01206 384666 or 07850 750326
oldest established taxi company on the island
6 seater people carriers
London black cab knowledge
a female driver
We travel to airports - seaports - London
as well as short local trips around Mersea and surrounding area
no journey too long or too short


The Lions community bus is driven by volunteer drivers and offers an almost door to door travel service to the island.
To book a place please phone 01206 383028


Tuesdays & Thursdays
To hail the bus, simply raise your hand to attract the driver’s attention
or ring 01206 383028 for info

09.40 - Leaves East Mersea (Golf House) and follows the East Mersea road and then via Blue Row – East Road – Seaview Avenue (southwards) to Charleston Court

09.50 - Leaves Charleston Court – via Seaview Avenue (northwards) – Fairhaven avenue (southwards) - Empress avenue (northwards) – along East Road to the top of Oakwood avenue (North)

10.00 - Leavea top of Oakwood Avenue – Oakwood Avenue (South) – Queen Anne Road – Elmwood Drive – Kingsland Road – Barfield Road – High Street (MICA) arriving about 10.05

10.15 - Leaves MICA – via Coast Road – Firs Chase – Firs Road – High Street North to end of Whittaker Way

10.20 - Leaves end of Whittaker Way via High Street North – Uplands Road – Kingsland Road – Barfield Road – High Street – MICA

11.10 - ** Leaves MICA for return journey to the Avenues & East Mersea

11.30 - **Leaves MICA for return journey to Coast Road etc

** often combined as a single 11.10 run



The Lions bus goes to Colchester only on Wednesdays and you will need to book your seat.

Pick-ups in Mersea start at about 09.30. The bus leaves Colchester at 12.30 for the return journey (unless driver advises of variation due to tides).

To book a place please ring 07799 204325 or 01206 383028;
you will be collected and returned almost door to door.

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Once upon a time the 67 bus from Mersea went direct from Mersea to Colchester General Hospital.
Today the 67 bus no longer goes to Colchester General Hospital.
Instead - people have to take the 67 to Colchester - get off the bus in Head Street - wait for a 65 bus - end destination Highwoods (they run every ten minutes weekdays) which will then take them to the Hospital.
The bus does not enter the Hospital grounds on the way there - passengers have to alight in the main road and walk to the entrance - the bus then continues on to Highwoods.
However - the 65 bus does enter the Hospital grounds on the way back and stops outside the main entrance.
The reasons given by the company FIRSTBUS for not going direct (as it used to) to the hospital from Mersea are that
The roundabouts at North Station become so clogged with traffic it is impossible for the bus to run on time.

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Frequent train services to London, Liverpool Street from Colchester North Station - also to Ipswich - Clacton and Harwich
National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950

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