New ticket prices for Essex Park and Ride services

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Changes mean services are cheaper for commuters looking to travel into Colchester and Chelmsford city centres.

Prices for Essex Park and Ride services are changing to help encourage more people to use the services and reduce the number of cars in the centres of Colchester and Chelmsford.

The changes will mean commuters pay less on the daily price for peak time travel, as well as for weekday afternoon tickets. Meanwhile, weekend tickets will be brought in line with weekday ticket prices.

All of the price changes follow a public consultation which asked residents their views on the proposals last year. The changes will come into force from Friday 1 September.

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Chelmer Valley Park and Ride

Route map

Chelmer Valley Park and Ride route map


Operating Hours

Monday – Friday 07:00 – 21:30
Saturday 07:00 - 20:30
Closed on Bank Holidays

Car Spaces 976
Parent / Carer and Child spaces 26 Blue badge parking spaces 24
Electric Charging Points 4 Bike rack Sheffield bike rack
Bike lockers 4 secure lockers Height restriction under 2m maximum height


  • Waiting area
  • Toilets including disabled facilities


You can use a ticket to hop on and off any park & ride bus all day. For example, get off at Parkway or the railway station, then get back on to go to the city centre, then back out to the park & ride site.

Fare Charge
Adult Day Fare (over 18 years) £3.00
Group Day Fare (up to 2 adults & 3 children) £5.00
Child Day Fare (18 years or under) £1.00
Concessionary Day Fare (Concessionary Pass holder) £1.50
12 Day Fares for the cost of 11 £33.00
Off-Peak Day Fare (Monday to Friday)
Noon to 3pm for outward journey. Return journey any time after noon.
Disabled bus pass holders £1.50 before 9am / Free after 9am
Short hop between Anglia Ruskin and City Centre £1

Children under 5 travel for free at all times

Tickets for Park and Ride

Please pay for your ticket on the bus with cash or contactless payment

Parking only

Can be purchased via MiPermit location 744021 up to 18 hours £3.60 up to 24 hours £12

Park and Pedal

Bring your bike with you, leave your car at the site and cycle to your destination. Park and Pedal is £3.60 per day. We have bike racks should you chose to leave your bike at site overnight. We also offer Secure cycle lockers £20 per month, which includes free parking. Please visit Bikeaway to secure your locker. 

Payment for parking only can be made on MiPermit.


If you have an event and would like to hire the site please contact essexparkandride@essex.gov.uk for further details and pricing.

Updates / What's on

Young Drivers - Driving lessons for 10 to 17s

Helping create the next generation of safer drivers

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A friendly, well-organised set-up, using dual-controlled cars and UK Government Approved Driving Instructors.

Over 70 venues nationwide that feature realistic road systems complete with junctions, traffic lights, manoeuvring zones and a viewing area for parents and family.

Available now at Chelmer Valley Park & Ride on selected weekend dates. Lessons start from £44.99. See youngdriver.com for more details.

Car boot sales

Every Saturday all year round

Visit Capital Car Boot Sales website for more information


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.

You can find access information for Chelmer Valley Park and Ride on the AccessAble website. 

Please note: Cars can exit the site after closing automatically through the barrier system. For out of hours emergencies customers can contact Chelmsford City Council’s CCTV Control Centre on 01245 606 299. 


Please see the documents section below for timetable information.