There are many ways to get to the Diocesan Offices in Chelmsford, and visitors are encouraged to consider the environmental impacts of their journey. Please do consider public transport alternatives or car sharing where appropriate.
Chelmsford is on the main line between London Liverpool Street and Norwich, about 30 minutes from London. The office is a 5 minute walk from the station. On leaving Chelmsford station, head down Duke Street towards the city centre, and cut through the Cathedral grounds on your left. Follow the path straight past the cathedral entrance, cross the road and the Diocesan Offices are directly opposite you.
Chelmsford City bus station is adjacent to the train station.
Cycle parking is available in the courtyard at the Diocesan Office.
Park & Ride
Chelmsford is served by two Park & Ride facilities which provide a relatively low cost alternative to parking in the City Centre, and buses run frequently using dedicated bus lanes:
- Sandon, just off the A12 (http://www.essexhighways.org/Transport-and-Roads/Getting-Around/Bus/Park-and-Ride/Sandon-Park-and-Ride.aspx)
- Chelmer Valley, on the north side of the City http://www.essexhighways.org/Transport-and-Roads/Getting-Around/Bus/Park-and-Ride/Chelmer-Valley-Park-and-Ride.aspx
City Centre Parking
The postcode for SatNav use is CM1 1AT.
There are two public pay and display car parks off Waterloo Lane (behind the office), plus on street parking including spaces reserved for blue badge holders. There is also a larger pay and display car park at the Chelmsford Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre on Victoria Road, which is less than a 5 minute walk to the office.
Limited parking may be available at the Guy Harlings Estate (Diocesan Office) car park. This is located off Waterloo Lane on the left, and entry/exit is controlled by a bollard system. Unfortunately we cannot reserve spaces nor guarantee availability, but visitors are most welcome to use the car park if a space is available. Please let Reception know that you are parked in the car park and ask the receptionist for the exit code. Note: this car park should not ordinarily be used for third party events at the Chapter House: see instead http://www.chelmsfordcathedral.org.uk/how-to-get-there.html.
Visitors with restricted mobility travelling by car (blue badge holders)
There are a number of designated Blue Badge parking spaces on Waterloo Lane (left hand side). The route to the office from these spaces is via the pavement up Waterloo Lane and along New Street.
However, drivers with restricted mobility are welcome to park on the forecourt directly outside the Diocesan Office, subject to prior arrangement with Reception (01245 294400). Reception should also be contacted for any other special assistance if required. Additionally Blue Badge holders may be able to park on New Street outside the Diocesan Office subject to normal blue badge restrictions
Directions from London
Exit the northbound A12 onto the A414 signposted Chelmsford and follow signs for the City Centre. At the ‘Miami’ roundabout, proceed down New London Road. Turn left onto Parkway and right at the roundabout (Victoria Street South). Turn right at the mini-roundabout and follow the road (Duke Street) round into New Street. Waterloo Lane is on the right. The offices are further down on the right.
Directions from Ipswich
Exit the southbound A12 at the Sandon exit for the Park & Ride, which is clearly signed.
For the City Centre, exit the southbound A12 at the A138 turn. Follow the A138 to the large ‘Army & Navy’ roundabout and take the fourth exit along Parkway. At the second roundabout, take the second exit along Victoria Road South. Turn right at the mini-roundabout and follow the road (Duke Street) round into New Street. Waterloo Lane is on the right. The offices are further down on the right.
The nearest airport is at London Stansted. The X30 express coach runs directly to Chelmsford City Centre. From London City, London Southend or other airports, please take the train to Chelmsford.