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Chelmer Valley Park and Ride

Latest News - 28 March 2020: All Park and ride bus services temporarily suspended due to Coronavirus from end of normal operating hours Saturday 28 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to the decision to suspend all Essex County Council Park and ride services from the end of normal operating hours on Saturday 28 March.  

All Essex Park and Ride services will be suspended temporarily at the end of normal working hours on Saturday 28 March 2020.

This is in response to strict Government guidance urging people to stay in their homes and travel only when absolutely necessary to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The service and sites at both Chelmsford and Colchester will remain closed until further notice.

If it is absolutely necessary that you need to travel to work there are alternative car parks available in both Chelmsford and Colchester.

ECC has been working closely with both Broomfield and Colchester hospitals to ensure key workers who use the Park and Ride services have suitable alternatives available to them.

Latest News - 14 October 2019: Chelmsford Park and Ride - Winter Offer

Image shows winter offer of £5 all day Group Ticket£5 Group Fare ticket available all day this winter

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. 


Adult (over 16)
Child (5 up to 16)

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). 


Concessions travel free after 9am Monday to Friday and all day Saturday – just show your pass to the driver.

Update regarding Concessions from 1st April


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).