Park and Ride users in Chelmsford will see the introduction of mobile tickets and a new pricing structure over the coming weeks.
Mobile ticketing is set to be introduced at Chelmsford Park and Ride from tomorrow (Saturday, 1 July 2017) to help save customers queueing at ticket machines and help speed up boarding.
Bus users can purchase their daily, weekly or monthly ticket by downloading the ‘First Bus mTicket’ application onto Windows, Apple and Android mobile devices and selecting ‘Essex Park and Ride’ as the area. Users will need to register and payment is taken by card. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the comfort of your own home and only need to be activated just before jumping on the bus.
Full information, including a ‘how to’ guide, is available on the Park and Ride website www.essex.gov.uk/parkandride.
Prices are set to rise at Chelmsford Park and Ride on 1 August 2017 for the first time in nearly four years. The pricing structure will mean:
- A daily ticket will cost £3.50 (previously £3)
- A weekly ticket will cost £17.50 (previously £15)
- A monthly ticket will cost £64.50 (previously £55)
Saturday prices will remain at £1.50 for adults and free for children and concessionary pass holders.
Weekday travel for under 16s will continue to be £1 (children under five years old travel for free). Concessionary pass holders travel for free after 9am on weekdays.
Cllr Ian Grundy, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, said: "We are very excited about new mobile ticketing which allows Park and Ride users to buy tickets from the comfort of their own home and only activate them once on site.
"This means no queuing at ticket machines for the customer, and quicker boarding to allow buses to run on time for everyone else.
"I would urge users to download the First Bus mTicket app to their mobile phone or tablet before travelling to help make your journey even easier.
"We have frozen prices at the Park and Ride for almost four years now but we have an obligation to Essex taxpayers to ensure the cost of running the service is reflected in the ticket price.
"This year we've introduced new buses offering Wi-Fi and air conditioning, a new timetable offering earlier and more frequent peak-time journeys as well as a new simplified map.
"Park and Ride continues to offer customers a quick, convenient and good value alternative to the cost and congestion associated with city centre parking.
“Don’t forget that your daily, weekly or monthly ticket offers unlimited hop on, hop off travel to Chelmsford city centre, Anglia Ruskin University and Broomfield Hospital from both Chelmsford Park and Ride sites.”
These changes do not affect Colchester.