Park and Ride


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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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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