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Broomfield Hospital Shuttle Bus

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.

Broomfield Hospital Shuttle Bus CM3 3PR

Buses run to and from the hospital every 23 minutes. Please look out for the new Community Link mini bus which will now run the service. Timetables are available below, at the hospital, Chelmer Valley Park and Ride site and online through Traveline

A pdf copy is available for printing full size.


Park and Ride Routes 

 

Fares

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


Short Hop:Mobile payments available from 1 July on Sandon Park and Ride - Download First Bus mTickets from your app store

  • Short hop fare between Anglia Ruskin University and City Centre: £1.00. 

Park and Ride tickets are valid for both the Sandon and Chelmer Valley service and allow unlimited travel across the two routes. Tickets issued on the Park and Ride service in Chelmsford are not valid for use on the Park and Ride service in Colchester.

Short hop single fare: £1 – The short hop ticket is only valid between Anglia Ruskin University and the City Centre, and only available from the bus driver.

Card payment can be used to pay for both weekly and monthly tickets. This option is not available on daily tickets due to transaction fees.


Mobile Payments

Download 'First Bus mTickets' app from your app store. Follow the 'how to' guide to find out more. 


Directions

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.

Please note:

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).