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Sandon Park and Ride

Press release - 02 July 2020: Park and Ride - Sandon and Colchester - to reopen

Essex County Council’s Park & Ride (P&R) services will recommence operations from Monday 6th 2020.

Initially there will run to a reduced timetable, and services will only be provided from the Sandon P&R site in Chelmsford, and the Colchester P&R Site at the Junction 28 of the A12. The two 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 Chelmer Valley Site in Chelmsford, which had been used to house a temporary mortuary during COVID19, will not provide services at the current time. However, it will once again become operational at a later date when the necessary preparations have been made and it is safe to reopen the site.

Deputy Leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Councillor Kevin Bentley said “We have worked hard to ensure that the temporary closure of our Park and Ride services due to COVID19 restrictions were kept to a minimum, and the Sandon and Colchester sites now look forward to welcoming passengers back. The services are valued, high quality and sustainable public transport that help to reduce congestion and contribute to a cleaner environment in line with our Green Infrastructure Strategy.” 

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. In addition, the P&R site will soon also benefit from another new service; the ‘Park and Pedal’. The service will be available shortly, with a two month introductory offer of free parking (for Park & Pedal customers only); the normal cost of Park & Pedal is £3 per day for parking, or there is a £20 per month option which then also includes the use of a secure locker on site.

Welcome to Sandon Park and Ride CM2 7RU

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. 

Fares

Adult (over 16)
Child (5 up to 16)
 Concessionary
Daily
£3.60
£1
£1.50
Weekly
£18.00
£5
 
Monthly
£66.50
£20
 
Saturday
£1.50
£1
£1

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).



Mobile payments available from 1 July on Sandon Park and Ride - Download First Bus mTickets from your app store 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.   Machines are also available at site which accept cash and card payments for (weekly and monthly only). 


Park and Pedal

Secure Bike lockers will be available to hire on sites shortly checkback for more information.


Access

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


Height Restrictions

Vehicles under 2.2 metres can enter under the barrier


Event Parking / Hire

If you have an event and would like to hire the site please contact essexparkandride@essex.gov.uk for further details and pricing.

Lazybones UK are operating a Sunday boot sale, please check media for times/dates


Directions

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.

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).