2000 students, 150 staff...only 74 parking spaces at new South Essex College campus

2000 students, 150 staff...only 74 parking spaces

2000 students, 150 staff...only 74 parking spaces

First published in News Thurrock Gazette: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

THE new £45million college campus coming to Grays town centre this summer will have just 74 car parking spaces...as college bosses aim to encourage pupils and staff to ditch their cars.

And management have even devised a tailor-made travel plan which they hope will see 2,000 students, and 150 staff members, at the New Road campus make use of “superior” public transport links and high quality and secure cycle parking facilities.

To crack down on car use, the college claims it will introduce a “robust criteria-based car parking policy”, which will give priority to those travelling between campuses regularly.

Others choosing to travel by car will also be encouraged to park in any one of the town’s eight car parks.

Anthony McGarel, deputy chief executive, said: “The college has produced an extensive, sustainable travel plan aimed at students and staff.

“It includes the use of town centre car parking spaces, cycle schemes and car sharing schemes to name but a few.

“Staff, along with students, will also be encouraged to use the public transport links to the town centre, with the new campus only being 150 metres from the nearest c2c train station and an extensive bus network in and out of town.

“The college is also in talks regarding potential money-saving schemes for both students and staff alike with c2c.”

There will also be 166 on-site cycle parking spaces.

Currently, 78 per cent of staff and 69 per cent of pupils live more than three miles from the current college campus at Woodview.

But current Level 2 Hair and Make-up student, Sophie Butten, 16, from Grays, is one of those who will be making the most of the opportunity.

She said: “I’ll be walking to the new campus and it will only take me five minutes.

“The current campus is in the middle of nowhere, so once you are there you are a bit stuck, but being in the high street will just give you lots of choice and options. I can’t wait.”

Thurrock Council is due to make a final decision on the college’s Travel Plan at the end of this week.

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12:17pm Sun 1 Jun 14

dave42 says...

Looks like grays will be a no go area durning the week. What parking there was will be taken up by students and staff. Well thought out by the planners.
Looks like grays will be a no go area durning the week. What parking there was will be taken up by students and staff. Well thought out by the planners. dave42
  • Score: 13

9:07am Mon 2 Jun 14

ebagumtrebor says...

This was already known at the planning stage. As usual, half ar5ed plans get the go ahead at Thurrock. Anyone that travels into Grays in the morning already knows the place is gridlocked because of people getting to work and taking children to school. It was said before this was built that it was going to be a nightmare.

They still have no plans for when the level crossing closes for good. I don't think people have quite grasped what this is going to look like.
This was already known at the planning stage. As usual, half ar5ed plans get the go ahead at Thurrock. Anyone that travels into Grays in the morning already knows the place is gridlocked because of people getting to work and taking children to school. It was said before this was built that it was going to be a nightmare. They still have no plans for when the level crossing closes for good. I don't think people have quite grasped what this is going to look like. ebagumtrebor
  • Score: 9

10:45am Mon 2 Jun 14

d_2da_ougle says...

as of present i can go into grays bt car monday to friday anytime between 8 and 9 am and make it from one end oh the hight street right to the other using any of the roads available to me withour encountering this so called grid lock it certinaly only exists on a saturday
as of present i can go into grays bt car monday to friday anytime between 8 and 9 am and make it from one end oh the hight street right to the other using any of the roads available to me withour encountering this so called grid lock it certinaly only exists on a saturday d_2da_ougle
  • Score: 3

5:29pm Mon 2 Jun 14

G.Fawkes says...

Save a few coppers on parking areas and let the local area soak up the pain.
Save a few coppers on parking areas and let the local area soak up the pain. G.Fawkes
  • Score: 1

5:51pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Freddy K says...

As the campus is right next to both the train and bus stations there really is no excuse for driving there, this is just laziness by the spoit few who seen to have to drive everywhere even less than a mile in some instances.

As for street parking, maybe TBC should introduce more residents parking and then fine those who flout the law, if people are determined to drive in and park they can use the multi-story in the town
As the campus is right next to both the train and bus stations there really is no excuse for driving there, this is just laziness by the spoit few who seen to have to drive everywhere even less than a mile in some instances. As for street parking, maybe TBC should introduce more residents parking and then fine those who flout the law, if people are determined to drive in and park they can use the multi-story in the town Freddy K
  • Score: 4

10:52pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Thurrock WAS nice says...

I wonder how long it will take the Clowncil "workers" to realise it was a mistake building it there when they find their journeys to & from work take twice as long & their hidden free parking spaces are used by the students & tutors.
I wonder how long it will take the Clowncil "workers" to realise it was a mistake building it there when they find their journeys to & from work take twice as long & their hidden free parking spaces are used by the students & tutors. Thurrock WAS nice
  • Score: 4

11:17am Wed 4 Jun 14

Sugarman says...

When will they start issuing parking permits only on the nearby streets or double yellows I wonder? As ever pathetic Labour Council planning!
When will they start issuing parking permits only on the nearby streets or double yellows I wonder? As ever pathetic Labour Council planning! Sugarman
  • Score: -1

12:00am Thu 5 Jun 14

ThurrockResident says...

Use a bus or train or cycle or walk?
Use a bus or train or cycle or walk? ThurrockResident
  • Score: 1

10:06am Thu 5 Jun 14

OckendonPaul says...

Park at lakeside for free, one stop on the train.
Park at lakeside for free, one stop on the train. OckendonPaul
  • Score: 1

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