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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.

Park and Ride 

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. A shuttle service to Broomfield Hospital is available from Chelmer Valley.


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

Essex County Council has two park and ride sites in Chelmsford; Sandon Park and Ride (CM2 7RU) and Chelmer Valley Park and Ride (CM3 3PR). Each park and ride site has two dual 7kW eVolt chargepoints operated by Electric Blue. No subscription or connection fee is required, simply download a mobile app or order a RFID card and you can start using them. For more information about how to connect, costs, directions and availability please visit

More information on the charging points.