HERE IN SOUTHEND WE LOVE THE SUNSHINE, EVEN IF IT IS JUST THE USUAL FLEETING GLIMPSE OF OUR BRITISH SUN.

Still, in those rare few days, residents and visitors alike flock to Southend seafront to catch some rays and enjoy our bustling seaside town. We know how hard it can be to find a parking space at peak times. Here are our handy tips for handling summer on Southend’s roads.


CAR PARKING... ARRIVE EARLY!

Central Seafront car-parks can be found on Fairheads Green (next to the Sea Life Adventure), Seaway (located on Lucy Road) and Western Esplanade. These car parks fill up quickly, but don't panic, there's plenty of other spaces in Southend... 

Did you know all town centre carparks are located within a 10 minute walk of the seafront? That includes Essex Street, Tylers Avenue, University Square, and Warrior Square. Not forgetting the Shopping Centre car-parks; Royals Shopping Centre on Church Road and Victoria Shopping Centre on Chichester Road.

Don't mind a longer walk down the High Street? If you’re up for a slightly longer walk why not try one of the car parks on Victoria Avenue which offer over 200 spaces and are just a 20 minute stroll from the Seafront.

You can find a list of council car parks and availability here

To avoid queuing at parking meters, download the Mobon app and pay via your device before departing. This also offers the added benefit of enabling you to top up your parking from your phone if you end up staying longer than you thought you would. Parking at Southend Civic Centre and the Beecroft Gallery will also be signed from Victoria Avenue over the weekend, giving visitors the opportunity to park all day for £3. The newly acquired Gasworks site on Eastern Esplanade will serve as overflow car park on a pay-by-phone only basis. Coaches will also benefit from free parking at the Gasworks.

Check the VMS (Vehicle Management System) located on the major routes into town for up to date details on available parking spaces. Get Real Time Traffic Info from 16 key sites across the Borough.


LET THE TRAIN TAKE THE STRAIN

No-one likes sitting in traffic, especially in hot weather, and there's nothing worse then trawling all over town for a parking space. So why not let the train take the strain instead? Southend is served by two rail operators: c2c, and Abellio Greater Anglia, both of whom run regular promotions for journeys to Southend. There's plenty of stations to choose from along our seven miles of coastline... 

Leigh-on-Sea Station - Head here for Bell Wharf Beach, the cocklesheds and Old Leigh. 

Chalkwell Station - Hop off here for Chalkwell Beach (obviously).

Westcliff Station - Westcliff Beach, the Cliffs Pavilion, Archway Cafes and Hamlet Court Road. 

Southend Central - Hop off here for the the central seafront, Jubilee and Three Shells beaches, Pier, Adventure Island, amusements, and Lagoon, not forgetting the High Street.

Southend Victoria - The seafront is a ten minute walk away, but at least it's through our bustling High Street so you can pick up some beach supplies.

Southend East - A ten minute walk will take you to the tale end of Jubilee Beach.

Thorpe Bay Station - A few minutes from the station and you can enjoy the Blue Flag beaches of Thorpe Bay with its picturesque beach huts. 

Shoeburyness Station - Hop off here for more Blue Flag beaches at East Beach and Shoebury Common Beach.    


ON THE BUSES 

Hop on a bus from anywhere in the Borough and get dropped off at your convenience

Check out the Arriva Bus timetable here 

Download the First buses timetable here 

Check out the great family ticket prices by First Buses here


LIFE’S A BEACH…

Fancy Blue Flag beaches? Then you're in luck! Shoebury East Beach and Shoebury Common have both retained their Blue Flag status this year, and you'll be pleased to know there's around 3000 parking spaces available at Shoebury East Beach and Shoebury Common beaches combined!

Beach safety:  Supervise children and vulnerable adults at all times. There is safety in numbers. Wear jelly shoes or other sensible footwear on the beach and in the sea. Like with all seafronts, hidden dangers such as sharp shells and rocks may be hidden under the sand or water. Do not climb the rocks. Several areas of our seafront have rocks, including the lagoon at Three Shells Beach. Please do not climb. Not only could you be injured but you also risk falling injured into the sea, impeding your chances of swimming to safety. Slip, slap, slop, seek, slide. Sunburn is a leading cause of skin cancer. Sunstroke and dehydration are also extremely dangerous. Slip on a t-shirt, slop on some sun cream and slap on a hat. Seek out some shade and slide on some sunglasses to protect your eyes too! Observe signs and flags. Heed warning signs and flags - they could save your life!

Litter: Waste contractor, Veolia, is putting extra staff on standby to quickly respond to any beach littering issues. Their beach combing machines will be used throughout the mornings to prepare for visitors. Litter pickers will patrol the beaches in the evening to pick up any litter left behind. Staff from the council’s waste team will also be part of a high-visibility presence over the weekend.

IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN WITH YOU, DON’T FORGET TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR CHILD SAFETY WRIST BAND SCHEME. READ MORE ABOUT THE BANDS AND WHERE YOU CAN PICK THEM UP FROM, CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

ABOVE ALL, ENJOY SOUTHEND, AND DON’T FORGET TO WEAR SUNSCREEN!