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



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.


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.


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.

illustration of the southend landscape

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South Essex Skills Roadshow

The Economic Development Officers from Castle Point, Basildon, Rochford, Southend and Thurrock Local Authorities are working in partnership to deliver a South Essex Skills Roadshow, an employability themed event for adults aged 24 and upwards.

  • Date: 23/05/19
  • Time: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Location: The Advice Store, Basildon Town Centre

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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