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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:17 am 
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DS getting either 07:52 / 08:02 / 08:12 train from Chelmsford to Colchester North, then long walk to CRGS. Buses to and from Colchester North don't seem to run to timetable hence walking. This is really going to suck when weather gets bad. What do Chelmsford commuters recommend? Get off at Marks Tey and bus to CRGS? Is this reliable/most popular option? What about return journey? Or do we give up on train and try and get on one of the Consortium buses? Might be a problem getting DS up in time for this option. Anyone organised private shared taxis/mini buses from Chelmsford going straight to Lexden Rd without all the stops in-between ....?


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:51 am 
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DS getting either 07:52 / 08:02 / 08:12 train from Chelmsford to Colchester North, then long walk to CRGS. Buses to and from Colchester North don't seem to run to timetable hence walking. This is really going to suck when weather gets bad. What do Chelmsford commuters recommend? Get off at Marks Tey and bus to CRGS? Is this reliable/most popular option? What about return journey? Or do we give up on train and try and get on one of the Consortium buses? Might be a problem getting DS up in time for this option. Anyone organised private shared taxis/mini buses from Chelmsford going straight to Lexden Rd without all the stops in-between ....?


Apologies, but if you live in Chelmsford, is there a particular reason to send your DS to CRGS, rather than to KEGS?

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:00 am 
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Yes, why not KEGS? My son is is year 7 this year and is doing great. It’s a fantastic school!


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:11 pm 
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In response to ToadMum and clairew: DS doing certain combo of subjects in sixth form and wasn't offered a place at KEGs sixth form. KEGs would have been a no brainer.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:49 pm 
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Most of DCs' Chelmsford friends did get the bus - but public not Consortium.
Guess it depends exactly where you live.
Getting bus from Marks Tey will have same problem as from North Station. He needs to get to either station earlier to avoid bad traffic.
I think he has the choice between a walk or getting up earlier!

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:05 pm 
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My elder DS takes train to Colchester North and then bus to town centre. Walk from there to school is lot shorter. There are frequent buses between station and town.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:33 pm 
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zanymum wrote:
In response to ToadMum and clairew: DS doing certain combo of subjects in sixth form and wasn't offered a place at KEGs sixth form. KEGs would have been a no brainer.


Ah ,- the mist clears, so to speak :).

(You didn't say for sixth form in your first post :) ).

Does the 71 - is there a 71X? - go anywhere near CRGS? I can imagine that it takes ages, though.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:34 am 
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The 71 does go down Lexden Road, past CRGS and it had/has various iterations ( including 'X' I believe).


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:08 pm 
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Recommend him to stop off at Colchester Town. Shorter walk and more buses from the bus station there. Get the PlusBus addon, which will allow you access to almost all the bus companies in Colchester.


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