When you first move into a new area, working out what public transport options are available, where the nearest bus stop is, or what discounts are available can be the last thing on your mind. We’ve put all the information you may require below, click on each section to find out more. Also, to the right, you will find a list of useful links for public transport operators in the area and travel planners.
Your closest bus stops are located along Halstead Road. You will find one northbound bus stop near the entry to Finches Park. Two more bus stops north and southbound are located next to Kirby Primary Academy. Locations such as Colchester, Frinton, Walton and Clacton can be accessed directly from these stops. First Buses operates the most frequent service 98 to Frinton, Walton, Holland, Clacton and Colchester every hour. Service 8 runs twice a day to Holland, Clacton, Frinton and Walton and four times on Sundays. Service 107 from Stephensons of Essex runs twice a day covering Thorpe-le-Soken, Great Bromley School, Colchester, Frinton and Walton. You can find the bus time table for the Kirby Primary Academy bus stops here.
In addition to these local bus services, there is also a daily National Express coach service to London. This service can be picked up from Clacton on Sea train station. Find out more on the National Express website. The coach is usually a cheaper alternative to the train.
Take away the hassle of remembering cash! You can now purchase bus tickets through the First Buses mTicket mobile app which is free to use. Tickets are at a slightly reduced price through the app too! Alternatively, First Buses now take contactless card payments, so you don’t need to worry about having cash on you!
There is a selection of local incentives throughout Essex to promote travelling by public transport; including bus passes. For those of pensionable age or those with an eligible disability, you will be entitled to a bus pass that allows free off-peak travel on local buses anywhere in England. To apply or to find out further information, visit the Essex County Council website.
If you’re travelling into Colchester by car, why not leave your vehicle at the Park & Ride and catch the bus into town avoiding the traffic. Located to the north of Colchester just off the A12 and with 1,000 parking spaces, it takes only 24 minutes to reach by car. The bus journey only takes 12 minutes to reach the town centre so it is ideal for daily commutes into Colchester, as well as weekend leisure trips into town.
Stops for the Park & Ride include;
• Colchester General Hospital
• Colchester North Train Station
• The Octagon
• Town Centre
An adult day ticket for the Park & Ride bus into Colchester costs £3 and season tickets can be purchased to save money – a monthly season ticket will cost £48. Children under 5 travel free and 5 to 10 years old only pay £1. For more information check the Park & Ride website.
Kirby Cross train station is only a few minutes walk from Finches Park. Greater Anglia train services operate directly from this station to Colchester and Walton-On-The-Naze which takes approximately 34 and 9 minutes respectively. These services run hourly, every day of the week. You can download the timetables from Kirby Cross train station here.
Travelling by train is a great option if commuting to Colchester. A single peak-time train ticket to Colchester is £8.00, an Anytime Return ticket is £11.90 and discounts are available when purchasing season tickets (either weekly, monthly or annual). Tickets can be purchased through the station ticket machine, or online.
Kirby Cross train station has step-free access throughout and 15 sheltered cycle storage spaces are available, making the 3 minutes cycle ride to the station a perfect distance for ‘Cycle & Train’ commuting. Greater Anglia allows any number of folding bikes on all its trains and four regular bikes on non-peak time trains, all free of charge. For more details see ‘Bikes on Trains’.
Railcards are a great way to easily save money on the cost of train travel – particularly for leisure purposes – with up to 1/3 off! With a variety of cards available such as; 16-19 Railcard, Disabled Persons Railcard, Two Together Railcard and Senior Railcard. Visit the Railcard.co.uk website to find out more information and how to apply. Also, keep up to date with their special offers on Twitter – @Railcards.
If travelling to Colchester by train, why not add PlusBus to your ticket? For an additional small charge, per day, you can have unlimited bus travel around Colchester! PlusBus is available in many other cities too including Clacton and Ipswich. Find out more at PlusBus.info.