Southend Central Area

With a wide variety of things for people to do along the seafront – from dining out to entertainment experiences to shopping – Southend-on-Sea is a bustling coastal town.

Getting to Southend

 

Cycle

Cycling in Southend is very pleasant and easy, since the area is quite flat with a couple of great off-road cycle routes.

The seafront route between Chalkwell beach and Shoebury East beach is very good for those cycling to Southend town centre, as it is completely segregated from the traffic. It can be joined at any location along the route, and there is one section as you go through the centre of Southend (City Beach) where the promenade is shared with other pedestrians.

Another good route for cyclists is the Prittle Brook Greenway, which runs from the south entrance of Belfairs Park to Priory Park. This route follows the brook along a green route away from the highway but does cross several roads. It takes approximately 45 minutes to cycle the whole route.

The Queensway route takes you from the west of town all the way down to City Beach.

Rail

Southend-on-Sea is served by two National Rail lines, running from Southend Victoria north out of the town into London Liverpool Street and west from Southend Central into London Fenchurch Street.

The Greater Anglia line, run by Abellio, goes from Southend Victoria, calling at Prittlewell and London Southend Airport on its way to London Liverpool Street. Check out the website for timetables and tickets.

c2c runs trains from Shoeburyness to London Fenchurch Street. Check out c2c’s website for timetables and tickets.

Bus

With 700 bus stops in Southend-on-Sea, jumping on the bus is easier than ever. A number of bus stops have shelters and real-time passenger information to keep you up-to-date on your journey.

Bus operators include Arriva, First and Stephensons.

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Related events

Bikeworks – Temple Farm

Come and visit Bikeworks at Temple Farm (Stock Road)!   Bikeworks will be performing bike checks and even some basic repairs to keep your trusty cycle in tip-top condition. So pop along to this workshop and benefit from an easier ride and a better commute – all for free!   For more information on Bikeworks […]

  • Date: 30/05/19
  • Time: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • Location: Temple Farm, Southend

Summer Roadshow – Rossi’s Ice Cream

Are you ready for a summer roadshow? On Thursday 30 May ForwardMotion will be bringing the fun to Chandler’s Way, Southend-on-Sea. You can find the team plus special guests outside Rossi’s Ice Cream. Visit us to get a free Personal Travel Plan, take part in static bike races, get free bike maintenance checks and security […]

  • Date: 30/05/19
  • Time: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
  • Location: 101C Chandlers Way, Southend-on-Sea SS2 5SE

Bikeworks – Leigh On Sea

Come and visit Bikeworks at Leigh On Sea!   Bikeworks will be performing bike checks and even some basic repairs to keep your trusty cycle in tip-top condition. So pop along to this workshop and benefit from an easier ride and a better commute – all for free!   For more information on Bikeworks and […]

  • Date: 09/06/19
  • Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Location: Leigh On Sea (TBC)
Featured Event

Le Tour De GOSH

This event is hosted by Oh My Gosh, and this is their 3rd annual Extreme Challenge since being founded in 2016. This year they present; Le Tour De Gosh 2019!   They will be cycling 90 miles across Southend Seafront, lapping from Chalkwell to Shoeburyness, aiming to raise £30,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital.   […]

  • Date: 07/09/19
  • Time: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Location: Near Tides of Chalkwell

The Southend Tweed Ride returns

Southend’s annual Tweed Ride is taking place on Sunday 15 September. You are welcome to come along dressed in your best tweed and vintage outfits. Vintage and retro bicycles are welcome too! The ride will begin at 2pm from Belfairs Woodland Centre, cycling to Southchurch Park where we will arrive around 3.15pm. This unique bike […]

  • Date: 15/09/19
  • Time: 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
  • Location: Belfairs Woodland Centre

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