Chelmsford is the county town of Essex, England and the principal settlement of the borough of Chelmsford. It is located in the London commuter belt, approximately 32 miles (51 km) northeast of Charing Cross, London, and approximately the same distance from the once provincial Roman capital at Colchester. The town currently has a population of approximately 157,072, however this is thought to be rapidly increasing on a year by year basis with many people from Essex and the London borders re-locating to the county town. The main conurbation incorporates all or part of the former parishes of Broomfield, Great Baddow, Moulsham, Widford and Springfield, including Springfield Barnes, now more commonly known as Chelmer Village.
Chelmsford's population consists of a large number of City and Docklands commuters, attracted by the 30-35 minute journey from Central London via the Great Eastern Main Line. The same journey takes approximately 60 minutes by road via the A12. In 2007, the Channel 4 programme "Location, Location, Location" voted Chelmsford as the 8th best place to live in the UK.
As well as the headquarters of Essex County and Chelmsford Borough Councils, the modern town is home to a range of national and international companies including M&G Group, e2v Technologies and ebm-papst UK Ltd. The continuing importance of Chelmsford as an employment centre is demonstrated by the fact that the number of "in" commuters (mostly from other parts of Essex) almost exactly balances the number of workers commuting into London.
Serviced offices in Chelmsford occupy a prominent city centre location with excellent shopping facilities. Located just 11 miles from the M25 via the A12, tenants with serviced offices in Chelmsford are just a 35 minute train journey away from London Liverpool Street.
Tenants with access to serviced offices in Chelmsford have some of the best transport links in Essex. Overground services, buses and airports are all close-by, ensuring that you are well connected when it comes to travelling around.
Airport Code: LCY
Distance from central London: 35 miles (56km)
Airport Code: LHR
Distance from central London: 59 miles (95km)
Airport Code: LGW
Distance from central London: 60 miles (96km)
Airport Code: LTN
Distance from central London: 48 miles (77km)
Airport Code: STN
Distance from central London: 19 miles (30km)
The present-day Chelmsford railway station dates from around 1885 and is in the town centre and around 14,000 commuters travel to London Liverpool Street daily by rail making Chelmsford the busiest station outside of London. The station is served by the railway franchise National Express East Anglia.
Services from Chelmsford are operated to London Liverpool Street and Ipswich, Clacton, Harwich, Braintree and Norwich. Despite having platforms elevated on a viaduct, the station has full disabled access via a lift for each of the two platforms and as well as stair access. This dates from an extensive refurbishment of the station's ground-level facilities in the late 1980s.
Chelmsford serviced offices are served by the new bus terminal in Duke Street which opened in March 2007, replacing an ageing 1930's bus station. It incorporates shops and apartments and has a covered roof for passengers. This is mainly used by the First Essex Bus Company which has many routes around the town and beyond including the X30 Southend to Stansted Airport Flyer.
Chelmsford has a Park & Ride service that is based at nearby Sandon, just off the A12 at Junction 18. It runs from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday with five bus stops around the town (one near High Chelmer for shopping).