Sandon Park and Ride CM2 7RU

Consultation - 21 January 2019: Chelmsford Park and Ride - January 2019

Essex County Council is reviewing ticket options, fares and opening days for Chelmsford Park and Ride services.

You can have your say by taking part in the consultation between 21 January 2019 and 22 March 2019.

The consultation proposes the below; 

  • Raise the child ticket age from 16 to 18.
  • A discounted ticket offer when tickets are purchased digitally through an app (12 tickets for the price of 11).
  • Closure of Chelmer Valley Park and Ride on Saturdays, (Note this will not affect the Broomfield Hospital Shuttle Bus as it does not currently operate on Saturdays). Sandon would remain open for customers wishing to use Park and Ride and would run on a loop route around the city centre.
  • Remove the ticket machines on site, cash fares will be allowed to be taken on bus.
  • An inflationary fare increase.

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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. 

Park and Ride Timetable

A copy of the timetable can be found in the document section at the bottom of this page.


Fares from 1st August 2018

  • Adult fare is payable for passengers aged 16 years and over. 
  • Child fare is payable for children aged 5 years and up to the age of 16.  
  • Children under 5 years old travel for free at all times.


  • Adult daily: £3.60 (Monday to Friday)
  • Adult weekly: £18.00
  • Adult monthly: £66.50
  • Child fare - daily £1 (Monday to Saturday), weekly £5, monthly £20. 
  • Children under 5 years old travel for free at all times

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

  • Off-peak on weekdays after 10am: £5.00
  • Weekends: £3.50 (Weekend special rate will offer better value for 1 adult (£1.50) and 1 child (£1.00) = £2.50).

Special weekend rate:

  • Saturday fares for adults: £1.50

Short Hop:

  • Short hop fare between Anglia Ruskin University and City Centre: £1.00. 

Mobile payments available from 1 July on Sandon Park and Ride - Download First Bus mTickets from your app storePark and Ride tickets are valid for both the Sandon and Chelmer Valley service and allow unlimited travel across the two routes. Tickets issued on the Park and Ride service in Chelmsford are not valid for use on the Park and Ride service in Colchester.

Card payment can be used to pay for both weekly and monthly tickets.  This option is not available on daily tickets due to transaction fees.

Mobile Payments

Mobile payments available from 1 July 2017 on Sandon Park and Ride - Download 'First Bus mTickets' from your app store. Select the 'how to' guide to find out more.


Concessionary pass holders travel free from 9am Monday-Friday and all day Saturdays (plus all day Sundays and Bank Holidays if a special service is running).


Satnav users can find the A12/A414 junction adjacent to the site by using postcode CM2 7RU.

This is not an exact match for the location, so drivers must follow the P&R signs once they reach the junction to access the site.


Please Note: 

Cars can exit the site after 7pm either automatically through the barrier system.  In emergencies customers can contact Chelmsford City Council’s CCTV Control Centre on 01245 606 299 (24 hours).  


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