Park and Ride

Sunday Christmas Shopping - 14 November 2017: Sandon Park and Ride open for Sunday Christmas Shopping

26 November, 3 December, 10 December and 17 December 2017 (Closed on Christmas Eve)

Day tickets £1.50 for adults. 

Free for under 16s and concessionary pass holders.

Buses run every 15 minutes from 9am until 5pm* from Sandon Park and Ride site (CM2 7RU).

*The last Park and Ride bus will leave the city centre at 5.07pm.

After this time Park and Ride tickets are transferable for use on the 33 bus service – which leaves Chelmsford on Sundays at 5.48pm, 7.48pm or 9.48pm – and the 36 service – which leaves Chelmsford at 6.48m and 8.48pm. Both services will pick up Park and Ride ticket holders at Duke Street, New London Road and Parkway bus stops in the city centre and drop customers outside Sandon Park and Ride. 

Chelmer Valley will not be open on these dates.

The bus will stop at Mildmay Car Park, Victoria Road South, Duke Street (by Careers Office), New London Road (by Reed Agency), Job Centre (by Marks & Spencer), Parkway, Sandon Park and Ride.

For more information please see the press release

There are three Park and Ride services, two in Chelmsford (Sandon and Chelmer Valley) and one in Colchester.  All these sites offer convenient transport on modern, air conditioned buses, using designated bus lanes into the City and Town Centres, with stops at key locations.


The sites have high-quality terminus buildings with the following facilities:

  • free and secure parking (1,500 spaces at Sandon, 1003 at Chelmer Valley, 1000 at Colchester)
  • covered cycle parking facilities for 20 bikes
  • waiting areas
  • toilets including disabled facilities
  • baby changing facilities at Sandon and Colchester
  • helpful and courteous staff

The height restrictions at the sites are:

Chelmer Valley – 2.0m

Sandon – 2.2m

Colchester – 2.4m

The Park and Ride sites offer eco-friendly transport and parking solutions, improving congestion and CO2 emissions by significantly reducing the number of vehicles travelling into the urban areas. Wind turbines situated at both Chelmsford sites produce renewable energy, and all sites benefit from Sedum roofs to the terminus building offering natural insulation.

The sites have been landscaped to attract wildlife, with Chelmer Valley having designated wild flower beds to attracted bees and butterflies.

Both Chelmsford sites have been accredited with Park Mark – The Safer Parking Award and an HM Government Energy Performance Certificate rating of A+. In addition, the Chelmer Valley site has been accredited with the European BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology - 4 star, excellent) for post construction assessment of sustainable buildings and SBD (Secured By Design) - the official police security initiative.

Electric car charge points

You can charge your electric car at both Chelmsford Park and Ride sites. Currently they are on POLAR network. You need to use a POLAR Plus RFID card or POLAR Instant App to start charging. There is a £1.20 connection fee.  For more information on the charging points, click here.


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