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Chelmer Valley Park and Ride

Update - 06 January 2021: Chelmsford Park and Ride services

From Monday 18th January the service level will be decreasing please check the most up to date timetable for times. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Both sites will provide services between 7am-7pm Monday to Saturday, but passengers are advised to check the website or Social Media before traveling for any updates or changes, which could occur due to essential operation reasons.

The services will be operating in line with current government Social Distancing requirements and therefore there may be a slightly longer wait to board a vehicle due to reduce capacity onboard passengers are advised to be patient and follow advice from service staff; however a new queuing system will be introduced to make the process as efficient and safe as possible.

Update - 22 December 2020: Park and Ride highlights

  • Concessionary Pass holders – good news the introductory offer of 2 for £2 or 1 for £1.50 has been extended until the end of March 2021.
  • Child age has been increased from 16-18 for £1
  • Don’t forget our Group Ticket for up to 2 adults and 3 children for £5 a must have during the summer holidays
  • The Broomfield Hospital shuttle bus is not currently running, further updates will be published when available
  • Rethink how your children return to school in September check out the Stop, Swap, Go! website.
    Drop your children at a Park & Ride site to save getting caught in traffic and congestion saving yourself time and stress on the daily commute. 18’s and under now travel for just £1 per day and can walk to these schools in under 20 minutes from the Park & Ride stops!

Chelmsford Colchester

King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford

Chelmsford County High School for Girls

St John Payne Catholic School

St Helena School

Colchester Royal Grammar

Colchester Sixth Form

Colchester Institute

Welcome to Chelmer Valley Park and Ride CM3 3PR

Beat the traffic with stress free travel, affordable, easy to park, toilet facilities and help on help on hand if needed. By using our service you’re creating a better environment for everyone who lives, works, shops and goes to school in Chelmsford and more convenient than parking in the town centre.

Here you can find timetable information, details of fares and the route for the Sandon Park and Ride. You can also download a map of the site with directions from the map section below.

Please see the Broomfield Hospital Shuttle Bus page for information about and timetables for the shuttle service.

Park and Ride Timetables 

A copy of the timetables for each stop can be found in the document section at the bottom of this page. 

Park and Ride Routes

Chelmsford Park and Ride Routes. There is a Sandon to Chelmer Valley route that stops a Mildmay Car Park, Victoria Road South, Chelmsford Railway Station, Anglia Ruskin University and then arrives at Chelmer Valley Park and Ride. The journey from Chelmer Valley to Sandon is via Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford Railway Station, Duke Street Careers Office, New London Road Reed Agency, Job Centre, Park and then arrives at Sandon. There is also a Sandon only service that goes from Sandon to Mildmay Car Park, Victoria Road South, Duke Street Careers Office, New London Road Reed Agency, Job Centre, Parkway and then returns to Sandon Park and Ride. 


Chelmford - Calling all students 11-18. Beat the traffic and congestion get your parents to drop you at the site. Simply buy your tickets on the app or on the bus and get on board. Only £1
Chelmford - Calling all students 11-18. Beat the traffic and congestion get your parents to drop you at the site. Simply buy your tickets on the app or on the bus and get on board. Only £1
Mobile payments available from 1 July on Sandon Park and Ride - Download First Bus mTickets from your app store
Adult (over 18)
Child (5 up to 18)

Children under 5 travel for free at all times 

Group fare (up to 2 adults and 3 children):

  • All day on weekdays: £5.00
  • Saturday: £3.50 (Saturday special rate will offer better value for 1 adult (£1.50) and 1 child (£1.00) = £2.50).

Short Hop

Short hop fare between is only valid between Anglia Ruskin University and City Centre: £1.00 only available on bus payable to the driver.

Mobile Payments

Download 'First Bus ‘MTickets' app from your app store for speedier boarding. Follow the 'how to' guide to find out more or ask at site.

Park and Pedal

Bring your bike with you, leave your car at the site and cycle to your destination. Introductory offer of free parking till the end of August normal cost of Park and Pedal is £3 per day. We have bike racks should you chose to leave your bike at site overnight. We also offer Secure cycle lockers £20 per month, which includes free parking. Please visit Bikeaway to secure your locker.


Information on disabled access can be found on AccessAble, formerly Disabled Go. 

Height Restrictions

Vehicles under 2.0 metres can enter under the barrier

Event Parking / Hire

If you have an event and would like to hire the site please contact for further details and pricing.


Satnav users can find the site using the postcode CM3 3PR.

Chelmer Valley Park and Ride is located on the A130 east of Essex Regiment Way, accessed from the Pratts Farm Roundabout.

Out of Hours exit

Cars can exit the site after 9pm automatically through the barrier system. In emergencies customers can contact Chelmsford City Council’s CCTV Control Centre on 01245 606 299  (24 hours).