Getting to and from Plume Academy
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.
Plume Academy has two campuses in Maldon, barely 200 metres apart and both very walkable. The Mill Road Campus, for Years 7 and 8, is surrounded by housing and the roads have pavements on both sides. There are various footpaths cutting between the houses allowing students to walk the shortest routes to school.
On the Fambridge Road Campus, for Year 9 to11 and sixth form, there’s an extensive network of footpaths crossing through the nearby park and various cut-throughs behind Maldon High Street. Fambridge Road also has a zebra crossing directly outside the front entrance.
Behind the Fambridge Road Campus is a large network of cycleways heading through the park. These also work for students riding to the Mill Road Campus from the west.
Only a couple of hundred metres from both campus’ is Maldon High Street, which is part of the National Cycle Network Route 1. This runs around the Heybridge Basin and through the town, connecting up with Chelmsford. Cyclists to the Mill Road Campus also benefit from a road chicane so they ride straight through without having to give way to cars.
Being so close to the centre of Maldon means both campus’ benefit from access to good bus services. These serve all the rest of the Maldon and Heybridge, as well as Chelmsford and the many villages either side of the estuary.
Fambridge Road Campus in particular has bus stops on either side right outside the front of the academy and zig-zags preventing parking at the bus stops.
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.