Town could get park-and-ride scheme

By Juliette MaxamA PLAN for a town to have its first park-and-ride site should move a step closer this week.Essex County Council wants to build a £4.

By Juliette Maxam

A PLAN for a town to have its first park-and-ride site should move a step closer this week.

Essex County Council wants to build a £4.4million 1,000 space park-and-ride site to serve Chelmsford beside the A12 at Sandon, on the site known as the White House.

Some of the land, at the A1060/A12/A414 interchange, belongs to Chelmsford Borough Council and is currently vacant, while a house that once stood on the site was knocked down 10 years ago after a fire.

Chelmsford Borough Council's cabinet will meet on Wednesday to discuss whether to lease the land to the county council at a less-than-market rent to allow the park-and-ride scheme to get under way.

The county council wants to build the park-and-ride site this year. Initially it would have 600 spaces, but ultimately there would room for 1,000 cars.

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The scheme includes bus terminus and cycle parking facilities and modern buses dedicated to the park-and-ride service.

It also involves a new bus lane and bus route around Chelmsford town centre, bus route priority measures in the town centre and real-time information on park-and-ride buses and car park.

Essex County Council has proposed that the service would operate six days a week, from 7am to 7pm. Buses would go to the railway station, shopping centres and large employment districts.

It is being funded mainly from the Government's local transport plan, with £400,000 coming from the county council.

A report to cabinet said: "The borough council is supportive of the park-and-ride proposals. There are no other proposals for the use of the White House site and it is recommended that the land should be made available."

juliette.maxam@eadt.co.uk

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