Greener Travel in Chelmsford

The UK is aiming to have 80% less carbon emissions by 2050. Traffic, especially idling vehicles, is a big cause of carbon emissions, so it’s important to cut down on congestion. You can help by using public transport or cycling whenever you can, and we can help by making it as easy as possible to use greener transport

We’re investing in public transport. A number of bus lanes now exist throughout the city centre. They link two Park & Ride stations (Sandon and Chelmer Valley) with popular drop-off points in the city. This means less traffic finds its way into the centre, meaning less air pollution and congestion. There is also a shuttle service to Broomfield Hospital from the Chelmer Valley Park & Ride.

We also take great care and pride in keeping the footpaths and cycle lanes across Chelmsford are clean and safe. Take a look at this map to see the various on- and off-road bike lanes around Chelmsford.

Chelmsford also has a well-connected train station that allows travel into London in under 30 minutes, as well as to Braintree, Clacton-on-Sea, Colchester, Ipswich and Norwich.

Around 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions produced in the UK now come from road traffic. That’s much better than it was in the 90’s, when it was over 30%. With the introduction of more bus lanes, cycle paths and subsidised electric car purchases, we are now making progress in cutting UK carbon emissions down as much as possible.

However, we are still producing too many carbon emissions across the UK. We haven’t yet reached our goal of an 80% reduction in carbon emissions. That’s not just a random target: it’s what we must aim for in order to halt the effects of climate change and offer future generations the same quality of life we all have now.

That’s why it’s so important that we all act now to reduce our emissions and carbon footprints wherever we can. For you, that might mean taking the bus into town on a Saturday instead of driving or cycling to school rather than getting a lift from parents. All these actions add up and make a huge difference in the long run.

Below are a few links that might help you to reduce your emissions wherever possible:

Essex County Council’s new interactive Essex Bus and Train Map

Information and lists of UK cycle to work schemes

Sustainable travel in Essex

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