Essex Park and Rise services have been temporarily suspended.

The decision was made by Essex County Council to suspend all Park and Ride services from the end of normal operating hours today (Saturday March 28).

The suspension of these services is in response to strict government guidance urging people to stay in their homes and only travel when absolutely necessary, to prevent the spread of the virus.

Sites at both Chelmsford and Colchester will remain closed until further notice.

Cllr Kevin Bentley said: "While we seek to retain public transport services for individuals who are making essential journeys, those using the Park and Ride have access to a car, so will have an alternative mode of transport available should they need it.

Our Park and Ride services are valued, high quality and sustainable services, however during this crisis we need to use our resources wisely which means deploying resources to support commercial bus services where passengers on these services may have no other options available.

“The closures will be for as short a time as possible as we know how valued the service is.

The council has been working closely with both Broomfield and Colchester Hospitals to ensure key workers who use the service have suitable alternatives.