Mersea Island is connected to the mainland via a causeway which at some high tides becomes completely submerged. Please check the tide times before travelling to Mersea and do not attempt to drive across the causeway when it is under water. This can cause danger to life and the salt water can badly damage your vehicle.
Real time camera focusing on the Strood (only road on and off Mersea Island): click here
Occasionally the bus timetable is disrupted due to high tides.
Bus No: 86 (Colchester to Mersea)
Tel: 0345 6020121
Bus No: 63A (West Mersea - Colchester) - click here for timetable.
Bus No: 69 (East Mersea - Colchester) - click here for timetable.
Tel: 03301 020801
Bus Passenger News Oct/Nov 2022: click here
The custom built ferry boat has a ramp allowing easy access for wheelchair users and cyclists as well as foot passengers.
Brightlingsea Foot Ferry will operate a "Dial a Ferry" service in low season - April to October.
"Dial a Ferry" can be booked by calling the Harbour Office before 1pm daily on 01206 302200 or mobile 07981 450169 during operating times.
Ferry brochure: timetable1 & timetable2
For further details on the Brightlingsea Ferry please check the website: www.brightlingseaharbour.org
Tel: 01206 302200.
Mersea Island Cars - Tel: 01206 384666 or 07850 750326
Ace - Tel: 01206 382067 or 07411 731257
M's - Tel: 07703 293427
SK Travel - Tel: 07946 112731
Colchester North Station - frequent train services to London, Liverpool Street and also to Ipswich and Norwich.
Colchester Town Station - frequent train services to Colchester North and Clacton.
National Rail Enquiries - Tel: 08457 484950
Trainline can help you plan your rail journey and get live train running times, accessibility, and facility information. Trainline is Europe's leading train and coach app. They work with 270 rail and coach companies to offer travel to thousands of destinations in and across 45 countries in Europe. To view the page: click here
Visit Where to Park page: click here
A Travel app for Essex is launched. A free-to-use sustainable journey planner, the new Travel Essex app helps people in Essex to plan their journeys and travel by foot, bike, bus and train anywhere in the country.
The free-to-use app provides real-time travel information via GPS to ensure easy planning and stress-free travel, users are given detailed expected journey and departure times for walking and cycling routes as well as bus services, including First, Arriva, Hedingham and Stephensons, as well as Greater Anglia and C2C rail, National Rail and London Underground trains. For more information: click here
The Mersea Island Lions Community Bus runs as follows:
Every 1st Wednesday of the month. From Mersea (leaves at 8.30am) to Tollgate (returns at noon).
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month. From Mersea (leaves at 8.30am) to Colchester (returns at noon).
The Community Bus is driven by volunteer drivers.
Booking is essential, please contact Roy on 01206 385822 or email Roy on email@example.com for details.
West Mersea Town Council
10 Melrose Road, West Mersea
Colchester, Essex, CO5 8JD
Telephone: 01206 382128
Office opening hours: Monday, Tuesday & Friday 9am to 12pm.
You can still contact us by telephone and email at other times.