Getting to and from Colchester Institute
These routes and maps are suggestions of how you could stop taking the car and swap to cycling, walking, or scooting to school. They don’t show every possible route and you could have fun finding a way that works for you. If you know a safe way that gets you there even quicker, that’s great! Take that route instead.
Heavy traffic zone
The highlighted heavy traffic zone on the map shows the area that will have the heaviest traffic at school time. By using alternate routes and a mix of walking and cycling, you can avoid sitting in traffic and being late for school.
The area around the Institute has lots of footpaths and, as it’s close to the centre of the city, many bus and train stops too. There are multiple entrances for pedestrians along the road, and nearby there are a number of underpasses and bridges which mean you don’t have to cross busy main roads.
The part of Sheepen Road directly outside the front of the Institute is part a well-designed quiet cycle route. This comes from the Lexden suburb, through Hilly Fields nature reserve, and onto the riverside path to Castle Park. There are marked off-road cycle paths heading towards the main station, around the side and back of the St Helena site. There are plenty of crossing facilities for bikes as well as walkers. The Colchester cycle map can show you other routes which may help.
Park & Ride
Park & Ride at Colchester could help you on your journey.
Although no public bus services go down Sheepen Road itself, quite a few go down Cymbelline Way and Westway. These are a very short walk from the Institute, and plenty more on the nearby routes into the town centre. The Institute is a very short walk from many bus services coming into Colchester.
The Institute is well under a mile’s walk from mainline Colchester station. This provides quick access via the main East Anglian line to places like Manningtree, Witham, Marks Tey and Kelvedon. Greater Anglia offer discounts on train travel for students at some schools, chat to staff about this.
Get rewarded for getting to school or college more sustainably
Join our 60 Day Challenge to swap the car for walking or cycling to school or college. You and your child (aged 13 and over) could win prizes including £50.00 Amazon and Love2Shop e-vouchers in our weekly prize draws just for doing the school or college run.