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Tyndall Avenue Road Closure: 21 - 23 September 

17 September 2021

Tyndall Avenue will be closed 10am to 5pm between the 21 and 23 September 2021. This is to accommodate the University's Welcome Week village in Royal Fort Gardens. 

Pedestrian and cycle access is still permitted. 

Bus service 72 will be diverted via Woodland Road and Tyndall's Park Road, in both directions. 


Unibus U1 bus service resumes operation

1 September 2021

The Unibus U1 bus service resumes operation for the Academic Year on Wednesday 15 September 2021. For further information, including the timetable please visit the Unibus website


Bristol Rail Track Upgrade 10 July - 3 September: Please check your journey 

2 July 2021

 

Bristol East junction at Bristol Temple Meads station is being upgraded over an eight week period from Saturday 10 July to Friday 3 September, with the first phase running through to Friday 6 August. Some journey times will change, some services will be diverted, and some services will be replaced by buses.

Updated journey patterns for the first five weeks of the works have been entered into online journey planners and customers are strongly advised to check their journey before travel. Customers are invited to check their journey on the following dedicated webpages at GWR and crosscountry trains or through any online journey planner.   


Unibus U1 ends for the Academic Year on the 18 June 2021

15 June 2021

The U1 ends for the Academic Year on the 18 June and will resume on the 20 September for the 2021/2022 Academic Year.

The service has undergone nine timetable changes over the past nine months to facilitate the changes in demand due to the Covid pandemic. Along with a 50% less vehicle capacity due to the social distancing restrictions. 


Clean Air Zone update 

15 June 2021

Campus Division is co-ordinating the University’s response to Bristol’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) which will introduce daily charges for older and more polluting vehicles driving in the city centre and harbourside areas. 

The CAZ is due to be introduced in October to help bring air pollution from road traffic to within legal limits.  

A daily charge of £9 will apply to cars and vans with emissions standards below Euro 6 (diesel) and Euro 4 (petrol). As a rough guide, this means diesel vehicles made before 2015 and petrol ones made before 2006 will be charged. Higher charges of £100 per day will apply to HGVs, buses and coaches that don’t meet these standards. 

No vehicles will be banned from entering the CAZ and the city council will be offering exemptions and financial support for people most impacted, including low income workers and residents living within the zone. 

A map of the charging zone and full details of the charges, exemptions and financial support available (with updates as they are announced) are available from the council’s CAZ web pages. There is also an online tool for anyone to check itheir vehicle(s) might be liable for the charge. 

Further information for staff will be published on these pages as it becomes available.  

The University’s transport team (part of Campus Division) is also managing a Cleaner Fleet Programme to support departments in adapting their fleet transport operations to the CAZ.  

The first phase includes the allocation of new capital funding to help replace some of the University’s older fleet vehicles with zero emission alternatives, i.e. battery electric vehicleselectric cargo bikes and a pool of electric bikes for departmental business use. 

Further guidance on this funding will be issued in the coming weeks to departments which operate University fleet vehicles. 

Subsequent phases of the Cleaner Fleet Programme are planned to include a new fleet management system and an expanded campus car club offering departments dedicated access on demand to a range of shared vehicles for hourly hire.


Join the Clean Air Challenge

14 June 2021

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Turn off that engine, get cycling, walking or simply take the bus. Whether commuting, working from home, going to school or shops you can join the Clean Air Challenge running from 17 June to 16 July 2021. As always there are some great prizes on offer, and this year we are giving away a free hot drink at one of several Bristol cafes* to everyone completes 20 journeys over the challenge.

*The cafes where you can redeem your free drink after 20 journeys are:


Clifton Campus (Precinct) Departmental parking permits extended

11 June 2021

Current Departmental parking permits will be automatically extended to the 31 July 2022. Relevant departments will receive an automated email with further information w/c 14 June 2021. 

Departments are still able to apply for NEW paring permits via the Permitsmarti car parking management system.


 

Clifton Campus (Precinct) temporary Covid-19 Staff parking policy extended

11 June 2021

To support the Blended Working trial due to commence in September, the temporary Clifton Campus Covid-19 staff parking policy will be extended until the 31 July 2022. 

All current Cat 1 (Covid-19) Staff parking permits will be automatically extended to this date. New applications can be made via the Permitsmarti car parking management system. 

Please note: The travel behaviour and car parking requirements for staff during the blended working trial period is unknown, therefore the temporary parking policy will be monitored during this period to ensure parking on the Clifton Campus can be managed effectively. The University reserves the right to cancel or amend Cat 1 Covid-19 staff parking permits before the new expiry date should this be required by any change to the coronavirus situation. Also, parking on the Clifton Campus is currently not and will not be guaranteed during the Blended working trial, even with a temporary Covid staff parking permit.


 

Go Jauntly walking app launches with free Webinar on 13th May

6th May 2021

A free community-based walking app, Go Jauntly invites you into a world of outdoor adventure. 

Find local walks created by the people who love and know them, discover the greenest walking routes, connect with nature, create your own walking routes and share them with your friends, family, colleagues, and the growing Go Jauntly community.

Go Jauntly are launching the app in Bristol this May in partnership with Bristol City Council. A free webinar to introduce the app to the University of Bristol community will be delivered by the Go Jauntly team on 13th May, 11:00-11:45. The webinar will run for approximately 30 mins, followed by a quick question & answer session. Sign up for the webinar here 


 

New Cycle to Work scheme goes live 

22nd April 2021

The University’s new Cycle to Work scheme is now open, offering staff the chance to save money and spread the cost of a new bike and accessories for commuting to work.

The new scheme launched in April 2021 with a range of great benefits including:

The University’s Cycle to Work partner Halfords is offering a series of virtual roadshows for staff to find out more about how to save money and spread the cost of a new bike for commuting to work.

The first virtual roadshow takes place on 4 May from 12-12.30pm. To sign up, register your University e-mail address here so we can send you an Outlook calendar invitation. 

Further roadshow dates will be published on our cycle events page and announced via the University’s Cycling Yammer page, the University’s Bike User Group mailing list as well as through other communication channels.‌


Travelwest Travel to Work Survey 2021 (University of Bristol Staff Only)

01 March 2021, updated 8 March 2021

The University is inviting all staff to participate in an important West of England Local Councils travel survey on 8th March. While the University realises that many of you are working from home, we are still eager to understand the travel habits of those of you who do still access our campuses, and also to understand how you all hope to travel in the future. A better understanding of your commute will help the Councils make investment decisions about future transport schemes.

To complete the survey click here (University of Bristol Staff only)

 

It will take less than 5 minutes to complete and your response is completely confidential. The survey will be live 8th March until Sunday 14 March inclusive.

By completing the survey, you will also have the opportunity to be entered into a draw to win from a range of prizes, including 2 x hot air balloon ride for two, 5 x Fitbits, and 10 x £50 shopping vouchers.

The University of Bristol fully supports your participation in this survey and we encourage all staff to take part.

Survey responses are confidential. Personal data will not be shared with any third parties, and all data will be held in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

More information about how the results of the survey will be used can be found on the Travelwest website.


FREE Group Virtual Dr Bike Session

22 February 2021

As part of Sustainability Month’s Day of Action the University’s Transport team will be offering a first for the University on 26th February at 12pm to 1pm.  A FREE Group Virtual Dr Bike session exclusively available to University staff and students. Visit the Eventbrite event for more details and to book.  


New Campus Cycle Hub open for use 

01 February 2021 

A new secure cycle park with capacity for 290 bikes is now available for use by all staff and students on Clifton campus. 

The Campus Cycle Hub is located on the lower level of the car park in the Merchant Venturers’ Building, in a space previously occupied by 14 car parking bays. 

This locked facility (UCard access) includes dedicated spaces for adapted cycles and bikes with trailers, and a DIY Cycle Repair Station. 

The new cycle parking is in addition to the existing 56 spaces elsewhere in the car park, bringing the total capacity to 346 bikes. 

Part-funded by a grant of £14,500 from Travelwest, the project was among the measures identified in the University’s COVID Recovery Travel Plan to help provide for a safe return to campus. 


E-scooter trial expands 

22 January 2021

Following the successful launch of WECA’s e-scooter trial in October, the operating area for e-scooters has been expanded in Bristol and Bath. The expansion will allow people to reach new destinations including Bishopston, St Werburghs, Easton and Bedminster in Bristol and Oldfield Park and Bathwick in Bath. To service the new expanded areas the numbers of scooters will gradually increase to 450 in Bristol and 100 in Bath.

E-scooter operator, Voi, is bringing back its Voi-4-Heroes programme during the new lockdown period. The scheme gives free rides to NHS workers, emergency service personnel and the armed forces offering an alternative way to access essential work.

You can read more here 


City clean air zone to go ahead

20 January 2021

Bristol's Mayor Marvin Rees has confirmed plans to go ahead with a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) including charges for older more polluting vehicles in the city centre.
 
The council hoped changes introduced to many city streets last year to support social distancing and encourage walking and cycling might help meet air quality targets.
 
But the government has told the council to prepare a detailed plan to introduce a CAZ as soon as possible.
 
The scheme will involve charges for drivers and operators of older petrol and diesel vehicles being used in a ‌zone stretching from the Portway in the west to Temple Meads in the east, and from Coronation Road in the south to Park Row and the BRI in the north. The draft boundary of the proposed charging zone can be viewed here: CAZ-C Inner Zone map (PDF, 2,608kB) 
 
Full details including which type of vehicles will be charged and how much will be revealed in a report to the council's cabinet in February.
 
Once this information is available, the University's transport team will be assessing the likely impacts of the scheme on campus operations and on daily staff and student travel, and how these can be addressed.

Consultation on changes to streets near Clifton campus

Changes introduced to a busy city street close to Clifton campus in response to the coronavirus crisis could be strengthened under proposals being developed by Bristol City Council.

The council wants to make permanent the temporary cycle lanes installed last year on Park Row, Upper Maudlin Street and Marlborough Street, and to extend the scheme to Colston Street.

If it goes ahead, the scheme will also include improvements to two well-used pedestrian crossings at the bottom of St Michael’s Hill and on Upper Maudlin Street outside the BRI, and additional marked loading bays for businesses on Park Row and Perry Road.

Local residents, businesses and people working nearly are being encouraged to respond to a consultation on the proposals before the closing date of 24 January.

 

The temporary cycle lane on Park Row pictured in August 2020


Unibus U1 Christmas Holiday service: Sat 19 Dec 2020 to Sat 9 Jan 2021

A special U1 Christmas Holiday service is operating this year so that students remaining in halls of residence over the holiday period have access to the U1 bus service. The service will be operating Mon to Sat (except Public Holidays) to a 30 minute frequency between 9am and 7pm. U1 Uni Year tickets are valid for this service. Staff and members of the public can also travel on the service by purchasing tickets in the usual way. See Bristol Unibus wesite for exact timetable details. The regular U1 service will resume on Mon 11 Jan 2021.


Car sharing is key to meeting our net zero emissions target

car club

Throughout the Covid-19 crisis and the ongoing restrictions, changes and worries it has brought, it is easy to forget we are already living through a climate emergency.

For a brief moment at the height of lockdown, the environment enjoyed a little respite, as cars came off the roads in huge numbers and people stopped flying all over the globe. Unfortunately, road traffic is now back to ‘business as usual’ levels, and emissions are creeping up once more. While the pandemic continues to attract the lion’s share of attention, the climate situation remains as urgent as ever.

A nationwide response has been the founding of the UK Climate Assembly, which recently released its report on how to meet our target of net zero emissions by 2050. Unsurprisingly, it includes recommendations for reducing the number of cars on our roads, specifically banning them entirely from city centres, limiting the number of new roads built, and banning the sale of SUVs.

This is where Karshare comes in, a new car sharing service which launched in Bristol in March, giving people the chance to share their cars with others to reduce the number of new cars produced. For every car shared, 11 cars are taken off the road, and just a 2% switch to car sharing could see a drop in emissions by 620,000 tonnes of CO2.

During lockdown, Karshare worked alongside car owners in Bristol to ensure critical workers like NHS nurses and carers had access to a vehicle if they needed one. Now focus has shifted to the wider community, giving people the chance to rent out their car to others when they themselves are not using it.

The outbreak has changed our attitudes to many things and it seems our relationship with our car is one of them. With many of us working remotely and travel restrictions in place, it's no wonder nearly half (42 per cent) of car owners in Bristol have said they were now unsure if they actually needed their vehicle every day, with the same number (42 per cent) planning to use it a lot less over the coming months.

A third (32 per cent) said they are now considering renting out things they own in order to make additional income, with a quarter (26 per cent) confirming that if all the right insurances were in place, they would consider sharing their car.

With Karshare, the owner makes money from their car when not being used (up to £550 a month) and the renter gets excellent value and convenient access to a range of vehicles when needed for running errands, for day trips and longer weekends away.

All of this takes place through a contactless booking process via the app, and with keyless technology in place, it means there is no need for a face-to-face key exchange, which is especially useful in Covid times.

For more details on Karshare or to register your interest visit the website.


New Great Western Railway (GWR) Timetable from Sunday 13 December

GWR have a new timetable starting on Sunday 13 December, with both weekend and weekday changes. Online timetable journey planners have been updated, and you can download copies of specific timetable booklets from their website on https://www.gwr.com/plan-journey/train-times.

Their rationale has been to produce a timetable that is robust and reliable, that their customers can count on, and that their teams can deliver. This will be challenging.

As with any business Covid-19 is impacting on their available staff numbers and their teams are working very hard to keep services running on time.

As part of their support for Network Rail’s improvement work around Bristol and in recognition of the impact Covid-19 has had on their driver training programme, weekend services will finish earlier on Saturday evenings, and start later on Sunday mornings.

These services are lightly used currently, and by making this proactive decision now, we have been able to improve the ability to deliver important rail enhancement works during 2021. It will also mean they can reduce the potential for ad hoc and late notice cancellations. 


Virtual Cycle to Work Roadshow

Find out how you can get a bicycle through the University’s Cycle to Work scheme and ask any questions you may have. All staff are invited to attend the Virtual Cycle to Work Roadshow for the University’s Cycle to Work Scheme on Monday 23rd November, 12.00pm to 12.30pm. This event will be hosted by the University’s Cycle to Work Scheme provider, Cycle Solutions and will consist of a 15 minute presentation and 15 minutes Q & A. To register, simply contact Ceri Griffin at cerig@cyclesolutions.co.uk.

The University will advertise more events in 2021 but due to the ever changing situation with regards to Covid-19 we are organising and advertising one event at a time. This will be done through the Staff News Bulletin and the University's Bike Users mailing list.

Further information the scheme (including getting a bicycle from local bicycle stores) can be found on the University's Cycle to Work Scheme web page. Any queries should be sent to transport-plan@bristol.ac.uk 


COVID Travel Plan update

A further update on the delivery of the Covid-19 Travel Plan Oct update (PDF, 222kB) is available. 


Launch of public e-scooter trial in Bristol

Bristol's first electric scooter hire scheme launched at the end of October. The e-scooters will be available for hire on a hop-on, hop-off basis at locations across the city for an initial 12-month trial period. 
 
Under the terms of government-backed trial managed by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), the distinctive orange and black Voi scooters will be permitted to travel anywhere cycles are allowed, except for specified no-go zones. Speeds are limited to a maximum of 10mph with a lower 3mph limit applying in some areas. The scooters have onboard GPS technology to enforce these restrictions and to define places where they should be parked.
 
All streets around Clifton campus are part of the operating area for the scheme, although Royal Fort Garden and Ivy Gate are designated as no-go zones. The closest designated parking hubs are on University Walk (outside Queens Building), Queens Road (near Beacon House) and Park Row (near Merchant Venturers' Building).  
 
Users (who must be 18 plus and hold a full or provisional driving licence) can register by downloading a smartphone app. University staff (and students) taking part in the trial can apply for discounts on e-scooter hire via the operator's website
 
Note that it remains illegal to use privately owned e-scooters anywhere other than on private land with the permission of the landowner.
 
The University's transport team would like to hear about their experiences from any members of staff who take part in the e-scooter trial. Please get in touch via transport-plan@bristol.ac.uk.

Rail Engineering work: Bristol to South Wales 25 Oct - 6 Nov 2020

Major engineering work will be taking place on the railway between Bristol and South Wales that will mean significant changes to journeys for almost two weeks this autumn.

From Sunday 25 October to Friday 6 November Network Rail will be replacing a railway bridge near Patchway station in Bristol. This is being completed on behalf of South Gloucestershire Council to enable improvements to local public transport.

For further information about the project, please see: www.southglos.gov.uk/CPmetrobus

Travel implications (25 October – 6 November)

Advice to passengers:

Check before you travel:nationalrail.co.uk or GWR.com/bristol


 

Bristol Clean Air Zone consultation

Bristol City Council is consulting on new ways to reduce air pollution caused by road traffic in the city.  For information on the revised Clean Air Zone charging options, and how to contribute your views, visit the consultation web page. The consultation closes on 22 November. 


U1 revised bus timetable  - from Sunday 18 October 2020

A revised bus timetable will be introduced on the U1/U1e bus service on Sunday 18 October 2020. 

 Changes include the following: 

This revised timetable remains a temporary timetable, with additional journeys provided to facilitate social distancing requirements. It will be subject additional future changes based on changing circumstances. Any future changes will be communicated to you.  


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‌Active October

This year with Travelwest and Sustrans we are encouraging all staff to take part in Active October!

Sustrans have created an online portal for us to log our activities, win prizes and join workplace and individual leaderboards! The aim of the challenge is to keep people active during October, and to switch to sustainable travel modes. You can log various types of activities, even working from home if this applies to you!

Active October will run from 1st to 31st October but you can register now, and what’s more, there are prizes on offer every week in the run up to October before we even get started!

Sign up at travelwest.getmeactive.org.uk today! 


COVID update

A further update on the delivery of the Covid-19 Travel Plan (PDF, 214kB) is available. 

Staff can also find detailed information about COVID travel and transport on the University's COVID sharepoint site (a private group).

Students can also find detailed information about COVID travel and transport on University's Campus safety webpage 


Unibus Services recommence - September 2020

Visit Bristol Unibus for timetable, route, ticketing information and FAQs. 

Bristol Unibus U2 - Bristol City Centre to University Langford Campus via University Clifton Campus 

The U2 will resume operation on Mon 7 September 2020.

The Unibus U2 operates between 7.13am and 6.05pm on weekdays all year round, except Bank Holidays and between Christmas and New Year. All journeys now start and finish from Bristol City Centre. The service operates to an hourly frequency.

Bristol Veterinary School Students who’s teaching is primarily based at the Langford Campus will receive a free bus pass (mTicket) for unlimited travel on the Unibus U2 service. Other students can buy tickets or passes for the U2. 

The U2 can be used by students, staff and the general public.

The U2 will operate as a Cashfree service during 2020/2021.

Bristol Unibus U1/U1e - Stoke Bishop Halls of Residence to the City Centre, via University Clifton Campus

The U1/U1e will resume operation on Mon 21 September. 

The U1e service is a temporary new service that will complement the U1 service. It will support the social distancing requirements on public transport (buses can only carry 50% of passengers at the moment). The U1e service will be withdrawn when social distancing is no longer required on public transport and the U1 vehicles can carry 100% of passengers again. 

The Unibus U1/U1e operates to a 4 - 20 minute frequency between 7.45am and 11pm Monday to Saturday, and a 20 minute frequency to 9.30pm on Sunday - term time only.

At off-peak times and weekends (daytime only), the U1 route extends from our Clifton campus to the city centre.

Students living in a University-allocated accommodation (except postgraduates in postgraduate-only residences) receive a free bus pass (mTicket) for unlimited travel on the Unibus U1 service. Other students can buy tickets or passes for the U1. Recipients of the free U1 bus pass can upgrade their pass to include the entire First Bristol Zone for just £50 and use any First or metrobus route across Bristol. See Bristol Unibus for details.

The U1 can be used by students, staff and the general public.

The U1 will operate as a Cashfree service during 2020/2021. 


New cycle lanes and road changes around Clifton campus 

Students, staff and visitors to the University have more space to walk and cycle on some of the busiest streets close to Clifton campus following changes introduced over the summer months.

Protected cycle lanes, wider pavements and road closures are part of a package of improvements to help cut air pollution and support social distancing in Bristol. 

The University’s transport team has been working with the city council on its Street Space programme, announced in May in response to the coronavirus lockdown. 

The council has also brought forward existing plans to pedestrianise the Old City and close Bristol Bridge to general traffic. 

Among the measures already installed on streets closest to the University’s main campus are: 

  • wider footways and new cycle lanes on Queens Road, Clifton Triangle  

  • closure of University Road to traffic at the junction with Queens Road 

  • a new cycle lane on Perry Road, Park Row and Upper Maudlin Street past the Bristol Royal Infirmary 

Further improvements in these and other areas are scheduled before the start of the 2020/21 academic year, with other road closures under consideration in neighbourhoods across the city. 


New Temporary Covid-19 car parking policy

The current suspension of University Clifton Campus (Precinct) car parking policy and the suspension of the Residential and Hospitality Services car parking policy will expire on Sunday 28 June 2020.  

From Monday 29 June 2020 a new Temporary Covid-19 Parking Policy will come into effect to support the University’s approach to safely returning to the workplace. It supports essential staff so they can return to campus during the University’s ‘re-start’ phase.
 
To provide extra parking capacity for colleagues working on campus, the temporary policy allows for general staff use of certain car parks at student residences in Clifton and Stoke Bishop. The emergency use by NHS staff of two Clifton campus car parks will also cease when the new policy comes into effect
 
From Monday 29 June 2020, all users of University car parks on the main Clifton campus and at Residential and Hospitality Services sites must hold a valid permit to park.

Details of this new policy, including the eligibility requirements, application and permit award process and the terms & conditions for parking are available here ‌

Staff can apply via the Permitsmarti system here

Honorary staff can apply via the Permitsmarti system here


Covid-19 Travel Plan

To support the University's Covid-19 recovery, a bespoke Covid-19 Travel Plan has been developed and approved by the University's Institutional Recovery Group (IRG). Information on the plan can be viewed here Covid-19 Travel Plan (PDF, 581kB)


Covid-19 

Staff: For up to date information please view the Staff Covid-19 SharePoint site

Students: For up to date information please view the Student webpages