We know it is not possible to swap every car journey for cycling or travelling by bus, but even small, manageable changes can make a big difference.
There are some fantastic travel options in Chelmsford, including various alternatives for people needing to travel along the Broomfield Road corridor. Whether you are a student getting to school, patient or visitor travelling to Broomfield Hospital or someone heading to the station or into the city centre, there are a number of options.
There are good bus services in the Chelmsford area and following the Government’s recent announcement of an extension to its bus fare cap scheme, people can travel on most services for just £2 a journey until December 2024.
The services currently participating in the scheme include a number travelling to and from Broomfield Hospital (C1, C2, C10, 70, 370, 16, 47, 42A, 42B and X30), as well as others serving the Broomfield village area (C1, C10, 10, 16 and 42A), Melbourne and Patching Hall Lane areas (C1, C2, C3, C10, 59 and 42A) and other parts of Chelmsford. Latest bus routes and times are available via the Essex public transport website.
Travelling by bus also offers a hassle-free alternative to the stress of driving in heavy traffic, allowing you to relax, unwind and make better use of your time.
With journeys costing just £2, travelling by bus is Saving the Day by saving you money. Why not give it a try?
Download the free TravelEssex app to start planning your journey.
Cycling can provide a very cost-effective alternative to driving, especially for shorter journeys. Switching just some of your journeys could save you hundreds of pounds, with research from Cycling UK suggesting you could save as much as £700+ a year (excluding purchase costs).
At the busiest times of the day, cycling can also be quicker. For example, cycling along Broomfield Road is up to three and a half minutes faster than driving at peak times.
As part of the Chelmsford City Growth Package, we created a new flagship cycle route along Broomfield Road, providing hybrid cycle tracks between the city centre and Patching Hall Lane. The cycle lanes are segregated (separated from road traffic and people walking), giving you more space and a quicker, safer and easier cycle ride into the city centre.
If you never learned to ride a bike or just need a confidence boost, our qualified instructors run various free adult and family cycling courses.
Cycling can be a quick stress-free alternative to sitting in queuing traffic - Saving the Day by saving you hassle!
If you are unsure on the best route, download the free TravelEssex app for help mapping out your journey.
Park and Ride
For longer journeys into Chelmsford from the north of the city, such as the Braintree area, the Chelmer Valley Park and Ride offers another alternative to driving right into the city centre and helps reduce traffic on Broomfield Road. The Park and Ride buses stop at destinations including Anglia Ruskin University and Chelmsford Railway Station.
Following a recent reduction in the daily price for peak time travel, the Park and Ride is now just £3 a ticket – significantly cheaper than city centre parking and Saving the Day by saving you money.