Campus travel updates

Updates for everyone travelling to the University of Bath

Electrification work on train lines begins on Saturday 18 July


📥  Public transport

This summer the £7.5 billion modernisation of the Great Western Main Line reaches the historic city of Bath when Network Rail will be carrying out major engineering projects in Box Tunnel and along the line to the east of Bath.

Significant sections of the railway track will be lowered to allow the installation of the overhead lines that will provide the power to the new Super Express Trains. The work will be carried out in two phases the first of which starts on Saturday 18 July, and the second on Saturday 1 August with both due for completion on Monday 31 August. These major works will mean that there will be changes to services that travel through Bath Spa.

To sum up:

  • between 18 to 31 July: There will be a reduction in services between Bath and Chippenham and journeys via Melksham.
  • between 1 August to 31 August: The railway between Chippenham and Bath and Trowbridge to Bath will be closed.

Further details on exactly how this will affect your commute, and what actions are being taken, can be found here.

Cyclists using the railway lines can find information here. daily email alert

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📥  Planned road works, Road closures

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  • closures
  • diversions
  • traffic restrictions
  • roadworks and more...

Covering a patch as large as all the different areas that you wonderful members of staff travel-in from on a daily basis can prove to be quite a challenge.

The Comms Mystic Meg ball (which we don't have) needs to be able to zone into a Matrix style world where we can see all the day's heavy traffic, random roadworks which pop up, the traffic lights not working, Mr Farmer's sheep which are blocking the A46 (OK we exaggerate) and more, in order to keep you fully updated with why you may not make that 8.30am meeting.

However we're pleased to announce that we have found a solution! provides email traffic alerts, for any area you select.

It's really simple to use, click on the link above, search for the area you want to display in the top right search bar, and then (as below) choose to receive email alerts. You can select to receive a variety of things, and you can receive the alerts daily. You can also pop on the website before you leave to/from work to see the live traffic .

Give it a go and let us know what you think and remember to keep us informed of anything major popping up which may affect others' journey.


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Trains to terminate at Bristol TM, on Gloucester line, during August


📥  Public transport

This summer vast amounts of works are ongoing to improve, and electrify the Great Western Railway line.

This will cause some disruption to the services on offer.

The latest news is:

  • For those of you who use the Great Malvern / Gloucester to Keynsham / Bath local service, please note that services between Gloucester/Cam & Dursley and Keynsham/Bath will be virtually running normally during the period July 18th – 31st 2015.
  • During August there will be a normal service with some minor re-timings on the Gloucester line but trains will terminate at Bristol Temple Mead (TM). Change will be necessary for three trains an hour to Bath (two fast and one stopper per hour between Bristol TM and Bath) and only one train per hour calling at Keynsham and Oldfield Park.

More information can be found here.



Steve Good is our Bus Inspector on campus


📥  Public transport

Welcome to Steve Good who has taken up the new position of Bus Inspector on campus.

His duty is to ensure the safe and efficient operation of bus services on campus, particularly at the Arrivals Square, where he is urging people to stick to the pathways and not cross the road at this busy part of campus.

Steve will also monitor, enforce and regulate all site operational aspects of bus and coach services in accordance with the University’s Code of Practice.

Steve Good

Steve Good



Electrification of Bath railway - issues ahead!


📥  Public transport

As previously mention on Travel Update, electrification works are upcoming on the Great Western Line at Bath to greatly improve the service available.

But how will this affect your commute?

Well, in a nutshell:

  • between 18 to 31 July: There will be a reduction in services between Bath and Chippenham and journeys via Melksham.
  • between 1 August to 31 August: The railway between Chippenham and Bath and Trowbridge to Bath will be closed.

For cyclists who use the train:

  • There will be limited capacity on trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath.
  • The rail replacement double decker service between Trowbridge / Bradford on Avon and Bath and between Chippenham and Bath will have no facility to carry bikes.
  • The rail replacement coach service between Frome / Westbury and Bath will have very limited capacity to carry bikes.

Basically the clear message to customers with bikes is to leave them at your local station and then hire a bike in Bath (Nextbike cycle hire scheme, has a hire station at Bath Spa Railway Station, and at the locations shown below).

Nextbike hire locations


You can get more information about all the railway disruptions here.



Network Rail to develop a new overhead electric line

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📥  Public transport

This summer Network Rail is launching a massive amount of work to install a new overhead electric line in Bath.

The modernisation will mean improved reliability; longer, faster trains; and more seats. It will also improve carbon emissions (as the trains switch from diesel to electric) and is bound to stimulate the local economy.

Fabulous news! … Well there is a slight downside; the works will create quite some disruption in Bath, of which you can read more here.


Partial closure of Midland Bridge for 33 weeks from 22 Feb 2015

📥  Planned road works, Public transport

Bath’s Midland Bridge is now partially closed for 33 weeks (from Sunday 22 February.)

One lane will be closed throughout the works but if you're walking, you can still use the bridge.

If you're driving eastwards towards the city centre you'll be diverted from the Pinesway roundabout to continue along the Lower Bristol Road and across Churchill Bridge (near Carpenter House), then back into Green Park Road.

Westbound traffic is allowed to enter Pinesway during daylight hours but there'll be full overnight closures sometimes for safety reasons.

Diversion routes are signed for drivers and buses are also being diverted.

Read more about the history of the bridge and the works on B&NES website

© OpenStreetMap Diversion route highlighted

© OpenStreetMap Diversion route highlighted


Departmental Open Days

📥  Car parking on campus

Over the next few months we will welcome a large number of applicants to our campus to attend Departmental Open Days.

The number of visitors will create substantial additional demand for parking in and around the campus every Wednesday in February, March and April.

The East overflow car park will be available for staff and visitors, this can be accessed via the East extension car park.

Security staff will also be on hand to direct visitors to vacant parking places around campus.


Parking changes due to building projects

📥  Car parking on campus

During planned building projects we want to keep you as up to date as possible with news on changes on campus.

Car parking
Construction of our new academic buildings, 10 West and 4 East South, has affected the number of car parking spaces available for visitors, staff and students.

To avoid potential problems with car parking on campus, we encourage all visitors to use public transportor car share wherever possible.

Car park closures
The following parking spaces have been taken out of use:

  • West Car Park: 140 car parking spaces at the east end
  • F Car Park: 30 parking spaces and some motorcycle parking

New parking arrangements

  • Approximately 200 car parking spaces, for permit holders, are available on the east side of campus. Situated on the playing field behind the athletics track, the car park is accessed through the East Car Park overflow.
  • Approximately 60 car parking spaces in the East Car Park, next to The Quads and Lime Tree, are available again for pay and display and permit holders.
  • New motorcycle spaces will be created close to 8 East.

Standard permits continue to be valid in any of the main car parks on campus.