Campus travel updates

Updates for everyone travelling to the University of Bath

Rail service disruptions in July

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📥  Public transport, Travel Update

Work to widen the platforms at Bath Spa has now been successfully completed and Network Rail have moved on to work on the track around Swindon and Chippenham. This work will cause disruption from Saturday 8 July through Sunday 16 July. Services between London and Bristol Temple Meads will be diverted and there will be a reduced service for Swindon and Bath Spa during this period.

Changes to services - Saturday 8, Sunday 9 and Sunday 16 July

Between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads - two High Speed Trains an hour in each direction

  • One calling at Reading, Didcot Parkway and Swindon
  • One calling at Reading and Bath Spa

Replacement buses

Replacement buses will run between Bath Spa and Swindon via Chippenham as well as on the TransWilts line. Trains will continue to run between Trowbridge and Westbury.

 

Changes to services - Monday 10 July to Saturday 15 July

Between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads - two High Speed Trains an hour in each direction

  • One calling at Reading, Didcot Parkway and Swindon
  • One calling at Reading and Bath Spa

Between Bristol Temple Meads and Chippenham

  • One train an hour in each direction

Between Westbury and Swindon via Melksham

  • Trains will start and terminate at Chippenham

Replacement buses

Replacement buses will run between Swindon and Chippenham.

 

Changes to nearby rail services

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📥  Public transport

Network Rail is carrying out work to electrify the railway through tunnels between Bristol Parkway and Swindon.

They are also building a new platform at Bristol Parkway station, making everything ready for the new Intercity Express Trains in autumn 2017.

Services in the area will be amended, and some journeys will be extended. Buses will replace trains on some routes.
Bristol Parkway upgrade: 19 August - 15 September

19 August - 1 September

  • High speed services only affected
  • High speed services will call at Patchway, instead of Bristol Parkway – except for at peak times
  • Replacement buses will run between Bristol Parkway and Patchway

2 September - 15 September

  • High speed and local services affected
  • High speed services will call at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway – except for at peak times
  • replacement buses will run between Bristol Parkway and Patchway
  • local services between Yate and Filton Abbey Wood will be replaced by buses
  • trains will continue to run between Yate and Gloucester, and Filton Abbey Wood and Bristol Temple Meads
  • CrossCountry trains will be diverted; and call at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway

Cardiff Central electrification work: 26 - 28 August

  • There will be no trains between Newport and Cardiff; with replacement buses running instead
  • Services will continue to run between Swansea and Cardiff; with eastbound trains starting from Newport
  • London services will be diverted, and call at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway for further upgrade work
  • The work in Cardiff is part of Network Rail’s programme to lower the track in the area ahead of installing overhead wires by late 2018.

Severn Tunnel and Cardiff preparatory works: weekends of 23 September - 29 October

23 - 24 September, 30 September - 1 October
7 - 8, 14 - 15, 21 - 22 and 28 - 29 October
Over these weekends, Network Rail will be carrying out electrification work in the Cardiff area; as well as track maintenance in the Severn Tunnel.

  • High speed services will start and end at Newport; and run non-stop between Swindon
  • A shuttle service will run between Swansea and Cardiff
  • Services to and from Portsmouth Harbour and Taunton will start and end at Bristol Parkway
  • Buses will run between Cardiff, Newport and Bristol Parkway

Bristol Parkway platform works: weekends of 4 - 19 November

4 - 5, 11 - 12, and 18 - 19 November
Over these weekends Network Rail will be carrying out work on the new platform at Bristol Parkway.

  • High speed services will call at Patchway, instead of Bristol Parkway
  • Replacement buses will run between Bristol Parkway and Patchway
  • Local services between Yate and Filton Abbey Wood will be replaced by buses
  • Trains will continue to run between Yate and Gloucester, and Filton Abbey Wood and Bristol Temple Meads
  • CrossCountry trains will be diverted; and will call at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway

 

Increased carpark traffic on July 5

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📥  Car parking on campus

There will be increased traffic on campus on Wednesday 5 July. Graduation events are being held on the Chancellor’s Building green and in the centre of Bath with many parents expected to arrive on campus before taking buses into the city centre.

On the same day the University is also hosting the Westport event which will see around 70 coaches and mini buses on campus to drop off the 1,400 children and associated staff. School children and staff will be dropped off at the top of the East Carpark at around 9.15am and then picked up at around 4pm. The Lacrosse pitch on the West of the Campus has been allocated for additional parking to ease congestion.

The security staff will be bringing in additional staff to manage events on and off campus.

 

STV lay-by closure from Mon 8 May to Fri 16 June

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📥  Planned road works, Public transport

Improvements to the lay-by located to the front of the STV (Sports Training Village) will commence on Monday, 8 May.

The lay-by will be closed to all traffic up to and including Friday, 16 June 2017. As a result, the 20A/20C bus service will now arrive at/depart from the main Arrival Square.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause and assure you that we will endeavour to return the lay-by to normal service as quickly as possible.

Should you have any queries please contact the Department of Estates Helpdesk via email on estates-helpdesk@bath.ac.uk.

 

Changes to Swindon, Bristol, Didcot Parkway and Chippenham rail services: 27-29 May and 10-11 June

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📥  Public transport, Travel Update

Network Rail will be undertaking work in the Swindon area to prepare for their new trains which enter service later this year. As a result of this, train services through Didcot Parkway, Swindon, Chippenham and Bristol Parkway will be amended.

High speed services between London, Bristol and South Wales will be diverted and rail replacement buses will replace trains on routes through Swindon.

More information can be found here

 

Part closure of East car park for Help For Heroes Invictus Trials weekend, 7–9 April

📥  Car parking on campus

Due to the forthcoming Invictus Trials, the centre eight rows of the East car park will be closed off and reserved for disabled athletes this weekend (7–9 April).

The rows affected are general Permit holder bays between the entrance of the East Building and the centre coach bays, please see the plan below.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

East Car Park Plan for Invictus 2017

 

Bath Spa train station weekend closures 8-9, 14-17 & 22-23 April

📥  Public transport, Travel Update

This Easter (8-23 April) Network Rail will be undertaking rail improvement work in the Bath area  impacting on the ability of GWR to operate the usual train service.

Network Rail will widen the platforms at Bath as part of the ongoing infrastructure works linked to the introduction of GWR’s new IET trains and electrification.

On the weekends of 8-9, 14-17 and 22-23 April Bath Spa will be closed.

There will be no trains between Bristol and Bath, Chippenham and Bath or Trowbridge and Bath.

Throughout the weekends buses will replace trains between Bath and Chippenham, Bristol, Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Westbury and Frome. Stopping buses will serve Freshford and Westwood (for Avoncliff), Oldfield Park and Keynsham. A Castle Cary to Bristol service will also run to connect in/out of Weymouth line services which start/terminate at Westbury.

During the working week (April 10-13 and 18-21) only one platform will be available to run trains so a revised train service will operate with trains between Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington via Bath and Chippenham will operating every hour.

Great Western Railway urge all customers to check travel arrangements by visiting www.gwr.com/Bath2017 and consider travelling on the Fridays and Mondays.

Information is available at all stations and on all journey planners.

 

East car park partial closure: 22 March

📥  Car parking on campus

The BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) 'Big Wednesday' event is taking place at the STV on Wednesday 22 March.

There are 52 fixtures arranged for the culmination of the BUCS year and in order to facilitate parking for visitors the rear of the main East car park will be closed off from 10.00pm on Tuesday 21 March until 6.00pm Wednesday 22 March.

See plan below and area affected marked by the red box.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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