Travel to work at ESNEFT hospitals

Travelling to work at an ESNEFT hospital

Our dedicated Travel team can help you find the quickest and most efficient way to get to and from work.

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Cycle to work at ESNEFT

There is covered cycle parking at Colchester Hospital, Ipswich Hospital and the Primary Care Centre in Colchester.

Colchester Hospital, Ipswich Hospital and  the Primary Care Centre in Colchester can all be reached by quiet and off-road cycling routes. So if you live nearby and are able to cycle, use this cycle route planner to plan your journey (Opens in a new window). There is covered bicycle parking at these three sites.

We run weekly bike maintenance sessions at Colchester and Ipswich hospitals. More complex repairs cost a flat rate of £25 to ESNEFT staff.

  • Ipswich bike maintenance sessions take place from 1pm to 3pm on Wednesdays (Main Entrance, South)
  • Colchester bike maintenance sessions take place from 10am to midday on Wednesdays (Main Entrance)

Free and discounted bicycles for ESNEFT staff

Free bicycles for NHS staff are available from the bike maintenance provider.

Or you can buy a new bike and receive a discount of up to 40% through our cycle to work scheme. For bikes costing under £1,000 this can be repaid over 12 months. With bikes costing over £1,000 it can be repaid over 24 months. For more information visit the Cycle Scheme website (Opens in a new window). The employer code is c9d20.

Drive to work at ESNEFT

Car parking at Colchester and Ipswich hospitals uses an automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system that records your number plate as you enter and exit. This means no paper permits.

Apply for a car park permit on the CPP website (Opens in a new window).

Please note that until you have a parking permit approved, you must not park in the staff car parks.  You will receive a fine for parking without a valid car parking permit.

The permit process is priority-based. Staff with the highest priority for parking will receive a permit. If you have your permit application declined, the Travel team can help you find alternative ways to get to work.

The cost of parking in staff car parks is based on your salary, so colleagues who earn more, pay more. The daily cost for a band 2 member of staff is 46p. It’s 67p for a band 5, £1.11 for an 8a, 93p for a junior doctor and £2.43 for a consultant.

Catch a bus to work at ESNEFT

Free Park and Ride services

ESNEFT colleagues can use the Park & Ride services for free to get to and from work at Colchester and Ipswich hospitals. Just show your ID badge when you get on the bus.

Discounted bus season tickets

ESNEFT colleagues can get 50% discount off bus season tickets across Colchester and Ipswich. Email the Travel plan team for details.

Take a train to work at ESNEFT

ESNEFT colleagues can get 10% discount off some season tickets and Flexi Seasons with Greater Anglia at both Colchester and Ipswich. Visit the railplus Greater Anglia website (Opens in a new window) and use your work email to register and log in.

Hospital sites directions and maps

How to get to our hospitals and downloadable site maps to help you find your way around.

Getting here – directions and hospital maps

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