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Thurrock Cycle Hub

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Come and check out the amazing range of refurbished bikes, and other cycle products and services, at our hub in Tilbury. There is a wide range of bikes available from child to adult sizes.

We offer Cycle Marking, bike accessories and components for sale, free bike checks and maintenance and repairs for your bike. Our mechanics are trained and accredited to Cytech level 3 and will be able to assist you with any questions or issues from a flat tyre, to having your bike serviced, through to more complex repairs.

Do you want to ride your new or existing bike more confidently? We can set up a FREE bike confidence or adult cycle training session. This training is completely tailored to you and your cycling needs, whether you want to go back to basics or just want more confidence for when you get back in the saddle. Ask any of our staff at the Hub or find further information in the section below.

The Hub works for the community and relies on your older unused cycles to be donated so that they can be serviced and refurbished to be loved by someone else. We welcome any old or unwanted bikes. Even if you think your bike can’t be ridden again, we can use any working parts to help bring other bikes back to life.

Come and visit the Hub at 43 Calcutta Road, Tilbury, RM18 7QT. We’re open Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 5pm.

To find out more, contact us on 01375 844837 or email us cyclehub@thurrock.gov.uk.

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Cycle Training


ForwardMotion promotes the Bikeability training to all school age children and adults in the borough of Thurrock Council.

All schools in Thurrock are able to book Bikeability lessons for years 4, 6 and 7, which takes place during school hours. Your children’s schools will be able to tell you the dates they have booked with our instructors.

If your school has not already booked in lessons, contact our Road safety team at Road.Safety@thurrock.gov.uk. To avoid disappointment, please book early as certain times of the year get booked very quickly. Any out of school cycling activities are promoted on the Thurrock Council media pages.

Bikeability levels

  • Level 1 is for children in year 4 that can ride a bike unaided. We cover safe starts and stops, signalling, looking over the shoulder, swerving and stopping the bike quickly with control.
  • Level 2 is for children in year 6, who have good control of a bike. We cover starting and stopping a journey on the road, passing a parked vehicle, road positioning and what to do at a T-junction.
  • Level 3 is for children in year 7 who have previously completed Level 2. We cover cycling on busier roads, filter lanes, traffic light, roundabouts as well as route planning.

Learn to Ride

These 1-hour sessions are on a 1:1 basis and are aimed at children aged five years and over that cannot ride a pedal bike unaided.

To express an interest and for more details please email: Road.Safety@thurrock.gov.uk

Adult training sessions

Do you want to feel more confident cycling on the roads in today’s traffic? Thurrock Council’s Road Safety Cycling Instructors offer FREE, one to one cycling training with a qualified cycling instructor.

Whether you have never been on a bike before and would like to learn how to ride now or just want a confidence boost, our training will be tailormade for you to help you achieve your cycling goals.

For more information on how Thurrock Council’s Road Safety Cycling Instructors can help you and to book a session, please email: Road.Safety@thurrock.gov.uk

Family Training Sessions

Do you want to enjoy family bike rides but feel one of the team is lacking in confidence or skills? Then family or group training sessions are perfect for you. You will attend two sessions lasting between one and two hours each, equalling three hours in total per family/group.

These sessions provide a tailored training package to help families / groups cycle together. It begins with an assessment of each family’s or group’s specific cycling goals and current cycling ability (carried out by an instructor), accompanied by online preparation, including route planning before off-road cycle training commences.

This is followed by on-road cycle training and may be further supplemented by post-training self-assessment and mentoring. Practice between training sessions, and pre/post-training self-assessment validated by instructor assessment, will help boost cycling skills and confidence. By the end of the module, at least one adult family / group member should have demonstrated National Standard assessment criteria to at least to Bikeability Level 2. They should be able to plan group rides and help others develop their cycling skills and confidence. Riders must be able to cycle (i.e., Set off, pedal, slow down and stop) prior to training, and this course is more effective if at least one adult has completed the Adult Cycle Training module.

For more information on these sessions, please email us Road.Safety@thurrock.gov.uk

Travel Planning

Travelling is a personal experience; no one makes the exact same journeys as you do. ForwardMotion can provide you with guidance that is expertly tailored to you and your regular journeys.

Whether you are new to the area, tired of the regular traffic on your daily journey to work or school, or you just want to be healthier or more environmentally friendly, ForwardMotion is here to help. With a Personal Travel Plan, our experts can provide advice on the best way for you to get around the city as actively and healthily as possible.

We can work with you to create a Personal Travel Plan, highlighting different ways you could make your journey and the potential benefits of travelling differently – whether that’s saving money, getting home quicker, or becoming healthier.

Please email the team at TransportDevelopment@thurrock.gov.uk for more information or come to talk to our staff at the Tilbury Cycle Hub.


Cyclist groups

Looking to join a cycling group or club? Check the options below to find your best fit.


Gateway Cycling

Gateway Cycling caters for anyone living in Thurrock and the Thames Gateway area that is interested in cycling. Whether you want to take part in gentle social rides, or push yourself to the limit in races, Gateway has something for everyone.

Their range of activities include:

  • Leisure and Social Rides
  • Cycling for Health Fitness
  • Commuting
  • Audax Cyclosportive
  • Cycling Time Trials
  • Road Racing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Cyclo-Cross
  • Charity Rides
  • Weekly women’s led rides

No matter what your cycling preference, you can be sure to find others who share your interest and who can help you get more from your riding.

Gateway Cycling members meet-up on the evening of the second Friday of the month for an informal get-together. We’ll be eating cake, drinking tea, sharing stories, and catching up on the latest club news.

Check all the information on Gateway Cycling webpage

Chafford Hundred Cycling Club

Chafford Hundred Cycling Club are based in Thurrock. The club’s aim is to promote and encourage all styles of cycling for all levels of cyclists and to promote inclusion and diversity in cycling. Chafford Hundred CC is a cycling club that was formed in Chafford Hundred, Thurrock, Essex, and caters for cyclists in and around the surrounding areas. This club is an affiliated member of Cycling UK and caters for cyclists of all ages, for both males and females, incorporating all levels of cyclist.

Check all the information on Chafford Hundred Cycling Club webpage or mail to chaffordhundredcc@gmail.com

Viking Avoidance Cycling Club (Thurrock Essex)

A friendly social group of cyclists that ride most weekends from 25 to 50 miles per ride generally riding at an average speed between 15 and 17mph. The group is located in Stanford-le-Hope.

If you would like to join, please add yourself to the page and say hi. We ask you to keep posts to cycle or club related subjects.

Thurrock Cycle campaign

A group campaigning for safer cycling and quality cycling infrastructure in and around Thurrock – including some local and relevant cycle news too. Keep an eye on their organised rides on the Facebook group.

Walking groups

There are many different types of walking groups in Thurrock, to find your best fit explore the websites below.


Thurrock Ramblers

Thurrock Ramblers is a small friendly group that offers walks most Sundays as well as Wednesday evening walks during the summer months. Sunday walks are typically from 8 to 10 miles and include a pub stop where possible. Most walks take place in Essex and Kent, although we do occasionally venture further afield.

We also arrange Coach Rambles which in recent years have included, Dover, Eastbourne, and Windsor. We also enjoy occasional walking holidays both in the UK and abroad and have occasional social events.

New members are always very welcome. Come and join us and enjoy the beautiful countryside, meet new people, and make new friends.

Check all the information on Thurrock Ramblers webpages https://www.ramblers.org.uk/thurrock and https://www.thurrockramblers.org.uk/

Thurrock U3A (University of the Third Age) - Ramble & Lunch / Strollers

Thurrock U3A was established over 20 years ago. Originated in 1982 in the United States, U3A is a world-wide movement of locally run interest groups that provide a wide range of opportunities to come together to make new friends as well as for fun and learning.

The Ramble & Lunch group meeting the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 10am, organized by Barbara Harris.

Check all the information on the Ramble & Lunch group webpage

Strollers group meet on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 11am, organized by Yvonne Simpson.

Check all the information on the Strollers group webpage

Thurrock Nomads

Thurrock Nomads is a Running and Walking Club that aims to meet up, have a run or brisk walk, emphasis on enjoyment, keeping fit and fun, we often have a drink afterwards. Anybody interested in jogging/running/walking is welcome to our training runs/walks.

Our Home: Thurrock Rugby Football Club, Long Lane, Grays, Essex (TRFC), we advise you to make contact by email first, just in case we are elsewhere on that day.

Check all the information on the Thurrock Nomads webpage


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Interactive Cycle Map (online)

This interactive cycle map will help you plan a route for your next ride, it shows paths and roads based on skill and confidence levels from the safest traffic-free path to roads for experienced cyclists

Cycle Map (paper/pdf version)

Check the paper/pdf version of the new Thurrock Cycle Map showing paths and roads in the borough for you to choose based on your skill and confidence levels from the safest traffic-free path to roads for experienced cyclists

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Interactive Public Rights of Way Map (online)

This interactive map shows you the location of footpaths, bridleways, and byways in Thurrock

2014 Public Rights of Way Map (paper/pdf version)

Printed Public Rights of Way maps are no longer being produced but you can download a pdf of the last paper version of the map from 2014

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Public Transport Map

Check out all the bus, rail and ferry routes operating in Thurrock with the public transport map on Thurrock Council's webpage following this link.




Taking a bus is a great way to get around and spend your travel time reading a book, checking your emails, posting on social media or whatever else takes your fancy while the bus takes you through Thurrock. You can also combine a bus journey with walking or cycling, ticking exercise off your to-do list, as well as using the time to clear your head and get ready for the day.

There are several routes running through the towns and villages of Thurrock, check Thurrock Transport map and find the one that better suits your journey.

Disabled and elderly people can apply for a bus pass which entitles them to concessionary travel on buses anywhere in England. This is called the English National Concessionary Bus Pass scheme. You can find out more about the scheme at: https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/bus-passes/applying-for-your-bus-pass

Find out more about timetables and fares plus any updates to the services too, on the operators’ websites and social media channels:


Ensign website

First Essex

First Essex website
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NIBS buses

NIBS buses website
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Stephensons website

Transport for London

Bus routes 347, 370 and 372 are operated by commercial providers under contract to Transport for London (TfL). More information about these services can be found on their website: TfL webpage or via their Twitter @TfL

Keep updated on all public transport services on our information page.

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Travel by train is one of the most sustainable and eco-friendly ways to travel, apart from walking and cycling. Rail trips produce on average 75% less CO2 emissions than car trips.

Rail travel is a fast and reliable option to get from town to town. You can plan your day in advance so that you know the train times and can then get to your destination without worrying about traffic congestion, searching for parking, or any other delays.

If you’re traveling outside the borough, to London, Southend or even to Shoeburyness, or if you’re making a local trip between towns, c2c Rail have frequent train services available at any of the 7 stations listed below, in Thurrock:

  • Ockendon
  • Chafford Hundred
  • Grays
  • Purfleet -on- Thames
  • Tilbury Town
  • East Tilbury
  • Stanford-le-Hope

Find out more about all tickets available, timetables, and service alterations on the c2c Rail website: C2C official website and via social media: , , .

You can also get a C2C Smartcard to replace paper tickets. Save time buy online or on the app and avoid queues at the station. Find out more about this at: c2c Smartcard | Travel safe and contact-free at the station (c2c-online.co.uk)

Keep updated on all public transport services on our information page.

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Do you need to travel across the Thames? Why not opt for a sustainable alternative to the Dartford Crossing? Use the foot and cycle ferry service between Tilbury and Gravesend. There is a regular ferry service from Monday to Saturday operated by Jetstream Tours. Adult single fare is £4 with off-peak, returns, 10-trip saver, and child fare options too.

The ferry operates between Tilbury landing stage, (next to the London international Cruise Terminal), Fort Road, Tilbury, and Town Pier, Gravesend (next to the Town Centre).

Did you know the 99 bus route links Tilbury Town station and ASDA Store with the ferry? If you catch the Train to Tilbury, you can travel on this bus down to the Cruise Terminal for free, just show the bus driver your train ticket. If you wish to catch the train after travelling back on the ferry, show your bus ticket at the Rail station to get a discount on your fare.

Looking for a greener option? The railway station is just a 20-minute walk or 10 min cycle ride from the ferry, with dedicated walking and cycle paths. You can even take your bike with you on the train!

Check the timetable and fares for the Tilbury to Gravesend ferry on the operator’s website and their social media channel .

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