Public Transport discounts

CTPC have negotiated discounted travel for our members on public transport in Colchester. The basic discount rates offered are outlined below, but some employers have subsidised these further to give their employees an even better deal. If you’re employed by Colchester Institute, Colchester Borough Council, the University of Essex or East Suffolk & North Essex Foundation Trust then you can find out more here.

First Bus discounts

Retail Discounted % saving
12 journeys in 1 month carnet £22 £15 32%
Four-weekly ticket (Colchester/All Essex) £50/£107 £42.50/£90.95 15%
12-journeys in 1 month M ticket £22 £15 32%

*First Commuter Travel Club – Direct debit. No minimum contract, can cancel at any time.
M ticket only.

Arriva bus discounts

Retail Discounted % saving
*Employee Travel Club inner zone monthly ticket £50 £41.67 17%
*Employee Travel Club All Essex & Herts monthly ticket £95 £79.17 17%
10 journeys over 2 month carnet £21 £15 29%

*Arriva Employee Travel Club – monthly direct debit, no minimum contract, cancel at any time.
Ticket sent directly to your home each month or M ticket available.

Train discounts

CTPC members are eligible for a 10% discount on season tickets with Greater Anglia, and 10% discount on flexi business carnets offering 20/30 journeys over 3 months.

You can get season tickets that last from one week to a full year, and you’ll save more money the longer the duration.

Prices will vary based on your journey, so find out how much you can save using the Season Ticket Calculator tool.

Park & Ride

The P&R is located off junction 28 on the A12 and offers a frequent, comfortable and quick service into the Town Centre. The P&R also stops at the hospital, train station and Middleborough. You can find out more information on the Essex County Council website.

A daily ticket is only £3 and allows unlimited travel on P&R buses along the route. Weekly and monthly tickets offer an even better deal.

Employers can access up to 20% discount through bulk buying tickets directly from Essex County Council.

Email essexparkandride@essex.gov.uk or telephone 0345 743 0430 to express your interest.

Other projects

Walking

Follow the Fixing the Link walking route to the town centre – look out for the yellow way finding banners and the plaques in the pavement offering interesting historical insights along the route.

Cycling

Colchester station has extensive cycle parking on both sides of the station.

There is Bike and Go cycle hire for £3.80 a day

Bus

There are frequent buses into the town centre and towards Colchester Hospital and High Woods/North Colchester business parks. See map in bus information above.

You can add bus travel onto your train season ticket using PlusBus. 

Car sharing

If you travel with colleagues to meetings by train, there are also four Loveurcar car share bays on the south side of the station. These are free for up to a maximum of 8 hours as long as you car share to the station and are signed up to the Loveurcar carshare scheme.