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Christmas Shopping

Colchester and Chelmsford Park and Ride are offering free travel after 12 on Saturdays through November and December for Christmas shopping.

Pick up your free Christmas bag at sites.

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Sandon Park and Ride


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.


Operating Hours 07:00 – 19:00 Monday – Saturday Car Spaces 1377
Parent / Carer and Child spaces 9 Blue badge parking spaces 34
Electric Charging Points 2 Bike rack Sheffield bike rack
Bike lockers 5 secure lockers Height restriction under 2.2m maximum height


  • Waiting area
  • Toilets including disabled facilities
  • Baby changing facilities


You can use a ticket to hop on and off any park & ride bus all day. For example, get off at the hospital or rail station, then get back on to go to the city centre, then back out to the park & ride site. The ticket can only be used once from a park & ride site.

  Adult (over 18) Child (5 up to 18) Concessionary
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 

Mobile Payments

Download 'First Bus ‘MTickets' app from your app store for speedier boarding. Machines are also available at site which accept cash and card payments for (weekly and monthly only).

MiPermit is coming soon more details to follow. For concessionary bus pass users unable to download the app, cash and contactless can be paid to the driver, but you will need to register your vehicle in the Park and Ride building each time you visit.

Park and Pedal

Bring your bike with you, leave your car at the site and cycle to your destination. Park and Pedal is £3 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.


If you have an event and would like to hire the site please contact for further details and pricing.

Updates / What's on

Lazybones Car Boot sale

Lazybones UK are operating a Sunday boot sale please check online for times and prices.

Rossi pop-up icecream parlour

From Friday 26th November through to Christmas Rossi have a pop up takeaway Ice Cream Parlour to come and try….

Fridays 3pm - 7pm

Saturdays 12pm - 7pm


Satnav users can find the A12/A414 junction adjacent to the site by using postcode CM2 7RU or what3words location of ///calm.pools.seats

The postcode is not an exact match for the location, so drivers should follow the P&R signs once they reach the junction to access the site.

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. 


Due to a national driver shortage, there will be a reduced service on the Chelmsford Park and Ride from Monday 26 September 2021. This is to support other services in the commercial network. 

Follow @essexhighways and @Essex_PT on twitter for updates.