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Park and Ride

Update - 06 January 2021: Chelmsford Park and Ride services

From Monday 18th January the service level will be decreasing please check the most up to date timetable for times. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Both 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 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.

Update - 22 December 2020: Park and Ride highlights

  • Concessionary Pass holders – good news the introductory offer of 2 for £2 or 1 for £1.50 has been extended until the end of March 2021.
  • Child age has been increased from 16-18 for £1
  • Don’t forget our Group Ticket for up to 2 adults and 3 children for £5 a must have during the summer holidays
  • The Broomfield Hospital shuttle bus is not currently running, further updates will be published when available
  • Rethink how your children return to school in September check out the Stop, Swap, Go! website.
    Drop your children at a Park & Ride site to save getting caught in traffic and congestion saving yourself time and stress on the daily commute. 18’s and under now travel for just £1 per day and can walk to these schools in under 20 minutes from the Park & Ride stops!

Chelmsford Colchester

King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford

Chelmsford County High School for Girls

St John Payne Catholic School

St Helena School

Colchester Royal Grammar

Colchester Sixth Form

Colchester Institute

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.