The metal track panels in the East car park overflow field are being removed on Monday 23 May 2016 to allow for work to begin on laying the new temporary car park surface. The area will remain out of use for a number of weeks, we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Our latest travel update looking at the week ahead:
- Upper Bristol Road closure, 9 May - 6 Jun
- Bradford Road works, 23-27 May
- Road closures in the local area over the next two months
- New bicycle policy on GWR long distance high speed trains
- New short stay parking on campus
If you know of any travel disruption please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include it in the blog.
GWR are introducing compulsory bicycle reservations on long distance high speed trains from 16 May. GWR have said:
"This will bring us in line with other long distance operators and we will compensate customers if we do not provide them with their booked space.
Reservations remain free and can be made online, by phone (0345 7000 125) or at a station when booking a ticket. Reservations can also be made after the ticket is purchased by phone or at a ticket office. This should be done by 18:00 the day before departure, although we can take bookings on some services up to 2 hours before departure.
We would like to encourage pre-booking as much as possible, but we understand that there will be times when booking has not been possible and there is space is available on board.
Station staff have been briefed to allow bikes on board if this is the case. Customers should not therefore have any issues travelling without booking a space for their cycle if there is space on board.
There is no change to our local services, and no limit to the number of folding bikes we can carry because these can be stored in the luggage racks. We are installing Brompton Docks at more of our stations, so that customers can hire a folding bike. We are also increasing bike racks at some stations for customers who do not want to take their bike on board."
More information and the cycle policy booklet are available on the GWR website.
A section of Upper Bristol Road will be closed from its junction with the A3604 Windsor Bridge Road to its junction with Marlborough Lane. It is expected to be closed only for two weeks within the four week period.
A diversion will be in place via Lower Bristol Road.
Temporary traffic lights will be in place on Bradford Road (A3062) from Monday 23 to Friday 27 May, and delays are likely.
Several roads in BaNES will be closed for resurfacing at some point between 23 May - 23 July. Currently we do not have the information on which roads will be closed on which dates, but only one road will be shut at a time:
- Wilmington Hill
- Colliers Lane
- A39 Wells Road
- B3355 Paulton Road
- Claverton Down Road
- Stockwood Lane
- Cameley Road
For more information please contact the council or visit their website.
The new Arrivals Square building is now complete and in operation.
The expansion and extensive refurbishment has created a new welcome point, staffed by Steve King, the University’s Transport Manager, where you can tap into his detailed knowledge of local bus and train services, including up to date arrival and departure times.
Alongside Steve are three new digital displays which show the scheduled arrival time of every campus bus.
90% of the U1 service now has GPS locators and the 20 service is fully equipped, with the U18, X18 and U10 currently upgrading, so the displays can continually update with the most accurate arrival times.
The building also boasts new washrooms, with a parent and baby room and disabled accessible facility alongside a standard washroom, all of which are unisex.
Steve will be available 8am to 6:30pm every weekday, except Tuesday and Wednesday when it is 2:30-6:30pm, so pop over to see him in his new home and get the very latest local travel news in person.
Steve Egan, Vice-President (Implementation), said: “It’s great to see further development of the travel services to campus to complement the increased frequency of buses and 24/7 service on the U1.
“Travelling between campus and the City has dramatically improved, thanks to a lot of hard work by colleagues and our former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kevin Edge.
“This is particularly important as we increase our presence at Manvers Street, and something I can appreciate personally as a regular bus user.”
On the evening of the Summer Ball, Saturday 28 May, there will be increased number of U1 buses running to cope with increased demand. A bus supervisor from First will be on campus to ensure the service runs smoothly.
On Sunday 2 and Monday 3 May rail replacement buses will be operating between Swindon, Chippenham, and Bath Spa, and between Swindon and Bristol Parkway. You can use the GWR journey checker to see if your route is affected.
A stretch of Claverton Down Road from the main University entrance to Brassknocker Hill is closed today for resurfacing. Buses are using the normal route but all access to private vehicles is being denied.
Work should be completed by 6.30pm but may still have an effect later as traffic flow returns to normal.