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Moving to Colchester.
A summary of questions commonly raised by people looking to move to Colchester. Also some useful links to information about schools, clubs, groups etc. in the area.
North Colchester is the area most convenient for the railway station, general Hospital, A12 to Ipswich and A120 or A133 to the coast. The area has local employment opportunities at Several Business Park and the General Hospital.

West Colchester is the area most convenient for the A12 to London, A120 to Stansted Airport. House prices tend to be highest in this area of Colchester. Large out of town retail park at Stanway.

East Colchester is the area nearest to Essex University and the area is undergoing some substantial redevelopment and modernisation.

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  South Colchester has fewer major road links than the other areas and tends to be a quieter area with villages such as Layer-de-la-Haye, Abberton, Rowhedge, Peldon and Langenhoe popular locations. There is also a road out to Mersea Island on the coast less than 10 miles away.

Bus links throughout the town are generally very comprehensive and frequent. Traffic can be very heavy during the rush hour times of 8.00-9.00am and 4.30-6.00pm, especially around the North Station area which is prone to gridlock and along the Avenue of Rememberance, Ipswich Road and Clingoe Hill/St Andrews Avenue which are also prone to long queues during peak times. There is talk of a permanant daily Park and Ride service being introduced at some time in the future which may help this problem.

Rail links to London (Liverpool Street/Stratford), Ipswich, Chelmsford and the coast at Harwich/Clacton are very good with regular services from North Station. There are some Colchester to Liverpool Street express services and these take as little as 40-45 minutes to complete the journey. Parking at Colchester Station during weekdays can be difficult unless you get there very early - although it has a very large car park it tends to get full and the only spaces are often at the far end of the car park.

Schools in Colchester.

The map below shows primary (yellow) and secondary (blue) schools in the Colchester area.

View Colchester Schools in a larger map

The Essex County Council website also holds lots of useful information about schools in the area. You can find out contacts details and school website addresses by selecting a school from the list. A list of schools in the Colchester area can be accessed at http://www.essexcc.gov.uk/schools

Local Property Listings.
If you are thinking of moving to Colchester you can find information on local property values as well as the latest
property for sale in Colchester at Zoopla.co.uk

Law and Order.
Zoopla is also a useful point of reference for local statistics regarding Law and Order which you can find at

Local Removal Firms.
For local moves from single items to homes large and small, with rates charged by the hour and per mile, try http://www.onemanandavan.co.uk



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