A new park and ride timetable offering earlier and more frequent peak-time journeys into and out of Chelmsford is set to begin next week.
The new Cross City timetable is set to start on Tuesday, 30 August for buses from Sandon and Chelmer Valley.
Buses will run from Sandon, through the city centre to Chelmer Valley and vice versa with all through services now stopping at Chelmsford Railway Station and Anglia Ruskin University.
During the peak periods, extra buses will just run between Sandon and the city centre on a similar route to the current Sandon service.
The major changes for users will be:
- Pre-7am services into the city from both sites
- Additional peak hour journeys between Sandon and the City Centre
- Sandon customers who usually catch the bus back to the site from Victoria Road South, can use the neighbouring Duke Street stop for more services
- Customers returning from the City Centre to Sandon can also board buses at Reed Agency, the Job Centre or Parkway stops.
- Sandon customers travelling on Cross City buses into the City will need to alight at Mildmay Car Park or Victoria Road South stops for access to the City Centre.
- Chelmer Valley customers who usually use the Job Centre stop, will need to go to the neighbouring Mildmay Car Park or Victoria Road South stop for return services back to the site.
The new timetable will be trialled for three months, before being reviewed later this year.
Full information and the new timetable is available online at www.essex.gov.uk/parkandride. New bus stop posters will be put up at all stops when the new service begins.
Cllr Eddie Johnson, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “Park and Ride has been a huge success story for Chelmsford with thousands of people using the service on a daily basis.
“This has helped free up parking spaces in the city centre and ease congestion.
“We have listened to customer feedback and have proposed a new timetable offering earlier and more frequent peak-time journeys to help ensure our Park and Ride service continues to adapt to best serve its users.
“We welcome feedback from our customers as the new timetable rolls out this autumn.
“I would urge new users considering trying the service to put the postcode into their sat-nav so they can enjoy the bonuses of this simple, care-free and environmentally-friendly form of transport.”
Drivers wishing to use the Park and Ride can use the postcodes CM2 7RU (Sandon) and CM3 3PR (Chelmer Valley) to navigate to each car park. Both sites are also clearly signposted from all nearby routes.
The timetable for services to Broomfield Hospital will not change