Colchester Away Travel Info
by Pam Wilkins

On Saturday 11 th March Pompey Supporters will be travelling to Colchester United’s Weston Homes Community Stadium, United Way, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5UP.

The U’s moved to the stadium from their old Layer Road ground in 2008.

The stadium holds 10,105 all seated and Blues supporters will either be Roman Cars Stand or part of the JobServe stand, depending on ticket allocation.

How to get to the ground

By Road - From the M25 Junction 28 take the A12 towards Colchester and Ipswich. [If you are using the Dartford Crossing remember to pay the toll at www.gov.uk/pay-dartford- crossing-charge]

The U’s stadium is located to the North of the town near Colchester Business Park. Leave the A12 at Junction 28, which is the dedicated junction for the stadium. Turn right at the first roundabout. Go across the bridge and then go straight over the second roundabout then turn right at the third roundabout into United Way.

Parking - There is a car park at the ground, for which you will need to pre book a parking permit priced £6, either at www.colutickets.com or by ringing 0845 437 9089. Subject to availability parking can be paid for on the day. If the car park is full then fans will be directed to an overspill car park located on the nearby industrial estate, about 10-15 minutes walk away, which costs £8.

The Colchester Town Centre Park and Ride service car park is situated on the opposite side of the A12 to the ground (signposted from Junction 28), which football fans can use. It costs £3 to park there and closes at 19.30. It is a five minute walk from there across the A12 bridge to the ground.

Other than that there is street parking but take care as there is an extensive residents only parking scheme in operation around the stadium where parking penalty tickets will be issued.

By Train - Trains run from London Liverpool Street to Colchester North and the journey usually takes about two hours, but there are engineering works scheduled for the 11 th March with rail replacement buses between Newbury Park and Ingatestone. So allow plenty of time for your journey. At the time of writing there are no details of engineering works between Portsmouth and London Waterloo.

Colchester North station is about two miles from the ground so either take a taxi or there is a shuttle bus running from 13.00 from Bruff Close behind the ‘Big Yellow’ storage near the station, priced at £2.50 return, which takes about 10 minutes.

Where to eat and drink - The U’s ground is out in the sticks, so not near any pubs. The usual type of food, hot drinks and alcohol are available in the ground and there is a McDonalds next to the Park & Ride car park. The Club usually allows away supporters into the bar on the concourse of the Weston Homes Stand before the game.

The nearest pub to the ground, but still almost a mile away, is the Dog and Pheasant, Naylands Road, Colchester, CO4 5EG, a Hungry Horse pub serving food. Go down United Way, then at the end turn left into Boxted Road, and at the mini roundabout go straight over into Naylands Road. There is a fish and chip shop next to it.

If you arrive by train, the Norfolk Arms, North Station Road, Colchester CO1 1UZ, a Green King pub serving real ale and food, is about five minutes from the station.

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