Colchester's Park And Ride
Published at: 15/08/2017
It's now over two years since Essex County Council officially opened Colchester's Park and Ride service, so we thought we'd take a closer look at it.
A Park and Ride service does exactly what it says, you park your car in a designated car park outside the town and ride the bus into the town centre. Then, when you are finished, you ride the bus back to the car park.The premise is a simple one, to encourage less car use, reduce congestion in the town centre, and ease pressure on the town's car parks.
The idea of creating a Park and Ride in Colchester had been around for many years, with several sites suggested at different times, but it was only with the development of new homes and commercial properties and that opened up the north of the town that a suitable site was identified just over the A12 from Colchester United's Weston Homes Stadium.
- Adult daily: £3 (Monday to Saturday)
- Adult weekly season ticket: £12
- Adult monthly season ticket: £48
- Children (aged between 5 and 15 years inclusive) - daily £1
- Children under 5 years old travel for free at all time
Tickets are available from the onsite ticket machines, which take cash or credit/debit card or can be purchased from the driver if you are not parking or catching the bus along its route.
Concessionary pass holders travel free after 9am Monday-Friday and all day Saturdays.If you have a concessionary bus pass you do not need to use the ticket machines.The first time you use the Park and Ride you must take your pass and vehicle registration details to the help desk in the Park and Ride building to register. You only need to do this once.
The buses depart at least every 15 minutes from Monday to Saturday from 7am with a journey time of as little as 8 minutes to Colchester North Station and 12 minutes to the Town Centre.The last bus returns from the Town Centre leaving shortly before 7pm.
After leaving the buses take the following route:
- Colchester General Hospital
- Colchester North Station
- Colchester High Street
- St John's Street
- Head Street
- Colchester North Station
- General Hospital
This route map can be downloaded HERE.
The Park and Ride is found just off the A12 at Junction 28 and is only a couple of minute's drive from both the Spring Lane and Crown Interchange junctions.1000 car park spaces are available.
Colchester Park and Ride
Cuckoo Farm Way
The barriers open automatically to exit up until 7.30pm. Should anything unforeseen happen and you need to exit later emergency contact details are available on site.
We hope you have found this guide to Colchester's Park and Ride system useful.
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