22 Jun

'Jubilee city' Chelmsford is ideal for commuting to London

'Jubilee city' Chelmsford is ideal for commuting to London

There are thousands of people who commute to London everyday to go to work, which means that there is good demand for locations within easy reaching distance of the capital.

One of these is Chelmsford in Essex, and the destination is now proud to call itself a city after being recognised as such as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Roy Whitehead, leader of the Conservative-run council, recently said that he is revelling in saying "the city of Chelmsford", rather than referring to it as a town.

He added that this move will bring "considerable joy" to its residents, while there is also potential for greater investment now that it is a city.

Chelmsford has been Essex's county town since 1250 and has a number of benefits for those who need to be close to London. It is just 30 miles away from the capital, while hopping on the train ensures that you will be in the middle of the city within 35 minutes.

However, despite being given city status, Chelmsford is surrounded by quaint English villages and has beautiful countryside on its doorstep for those who are looking for peace and quiet.

The local transport links are also boosted by the close proximity of three of the UK's busiest airports – Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.

Chelmsford has a number of interesting things to see and do, such as the Cathedral, Hylands House and the Essex Police Museum. Sports fans will also be entertained by Essex County Cricket Club, with nights out watching Twenty20 providing an exciting buzz.

The area is also home to Chelmsford City Football Club, Chelmsford Hockey Club and the Chelmsford Chieftains ice hockey team.

In terms of education, patients and pupils have plenty of choice, with the Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford County High School and King Edward VI Grammar School. Columbus School and College is an expert special needs institution and Chelmsford College is the main provider of further education in the area.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801391276-ADNFCR

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