St Benedict’s Catholic College
Getting to and from St Benedict’s Catholic College
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.
There’s lots of footpaths around St Benedict’s and its neighbouring schools. They’re a perfect way to dodge the traffic. The Norman Way route between Lexden Road and Shrub End Road provides an ideal sneaky short-cut for walkers.
Norman Way, as described above, is a local cycle way. It links with National Cycle Network route 1 into central Colchester, as well as other off-road routes through Hilly Fields nature reserve. Those same routes also head south of the school site, joining up with residential areas. The Colchester cycle map can show you other routes which may help.
Park & Ride
Park & Ride at Colchester could help you on your journey.
Lexden Road and Shrub End Road/Maldon Road are both major bus routes into and out of central Colchester, and border the school site to the north and south respectively. Stops on both roads have waiting shelters and seats. They link to villages just outside Colchester, like Marks Tey, Layer-de-la-Haye and beyond.
St Benedict’s is about a mile and a half walk from Colchester Town train station, which provides quick access to the main East Anglian line and places like Manningtree, Witham, Clacton and Harwich-Dovercourt. 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.