Travel news


Welcome Week Transport & Travel stand at Campus Heart Market Place event

Location: Royal Fort Park - the green opposite Senate House/entrance to Royal Fort Gardens

Time: Mon 23rd Sept – Thurs 26th Sept, 10am to 4pm


* Free tune up for your bicycle at the Cycle Clinic (10am -3pm)

* Get your bike security marked by the Police for free (10am – 3pm)

* Discounted locks and lights at the Sustainability Transport Stand

* Unibus timetables, bus information and Cycle Maps

* Active travel and public transport advice and guidance

* All staff and students welcome

* More information at

#WeAreBristolUni @BristolUni   @uobcyclingClub  @UoBrisSust  @Bristol_SU


U2 Bus Service: Timetable and route changes - 22 July

After an excellent first year for the U2 service, marked by a 96% overall satisfaction result in the recent customer satisfaction survey, we are making some changes to the timetable and route of the U2 bus service. These changes are based on suggestions and feedback gathered from customers, staff, and students throughout the year.

Route Changes

The first bus of the day will no longer serve Stoke Bishop and Whiteladies Road, but will start from Clifton Triangle. Off-Peak journeys from Langford will now travel beyond Clifton Triangle all the way into Bristol City Centre, via a loop of Park Street, College Green, and Rupert Street. Most journeys in the direction of travel towards Langford will now originate from the city centre. These route changes mean that those returning to Langford from the Clifton Campus should catch the bus at the Park Street Top stop, outside Wetherspoons pub. This change of boarding arrangement applies to all U2 journeys towards Langford, not just the journeys that originate from the city centre. For further information on the new route, please see the updated timetable PDF on the Unibus website. 

Timetable Changes

The timetable has been expanded through the addition of an early morning service from Bristol to Langford, arriving before 8am, and an evening service from Langford to Bristol, leaving at 7pm. We hope this will make the service more accessible to staff and students, particularly those who have clinical commitments.

Further information

For further information on fares and the timetable and route changes, please see the Unibus website

Bristol Clean Air Zone Consultation 

Bristol City Council are currently consulting on their Bristol Clean Air Zone options. The consultation period closes on the 12 August 2019. To view the two options and to have your say visit the consultation pages. Staff and students are encouraged to complete the consultation form with their personal views and possible impacts.

BCC consultation drop-in sessions
• Barton Hill Settlement, 43 Ducie Rd, Barton Hill, BS5 0AX - Thursday 11 July, 2.30–7.30pm
• Easton Leisure Centre, Thrissell St, Easton, BS5 0SW - Monday 15 July, 3.30–7.30pm
• Hope Chapel, Hope Chapel Hill, Hotwells, BS8 4ND - Monday 22 July, 2.30–7.30pm
• Marksbury Road Library, Marksbury Rd, Bedminster, BS3 5LG - Wednesday 24 July, 2.30–7.30pm
• Malcolm X Community Centre, 141 City Rd, St Pauls BS2 8YH - Tuesday 30 July, 2.30–7.30pm
• City Hall (Vestibule), Just off Park St towards main entrance - Tuesday 6 August, 2.30–6.30pm

The Estates, Residential & Hospitality Division will submit a formal response on behalf of the University. This response will be developed using feedback from Faculty and Departmental Heads. We will also investigate measures to assist with essential University movements through the zones, should one of these proposal be introduced. 

Win Prizes! Travelwest Challenge 2019


The Travelwest Challenge is here! It started on the 10th June and will be running for 6 weeks until 21st July. Every journey logged on foot, bike, car-share, train or bus will enter you into the prize draws - the more journeys you log, the more chance you have of winning: a hot air balloon ride for two, free entry to local attractions and activities across the West of England, BetterPoints which can be redeemed for high street rewards or charitable donations. Visit to find out more and download the app! Don't forget if you have downloaded the app to sign up to the Challenge on the Programmes tab. Its a great opportunity to get motivated to travel more actively, and even take up something new like cycling! You can even compete with your colleagues on the in-app leaderboard!

From the start of th challenge to the 17th June - 67 members of the University are taking part in the challenge and they have logged a total of 1498 miles so far. On the business leader board we are currently 13th out of the 67 large businesses. The leader board is based on the percentage of staff taking part.

The Travelwest Challenge has gotten off to a great start with over 1,200 people from 155 businesses taking part so far. Clocking up a whopping 30,000 sustainable miles saving 9,000kg of CO2 in the first week! This is double what the figures from the same time last year, and with 5 weeks to go the University want to encourage even more people to join in and log journeys. Last year people switched 16,000 journeys to walking, cycling or running that would have previously been made by car or public transport. Lets do even better this year!

There is an automatic tracking function on the Travelwest Challenge (BetterPoints) app. Simply click the play button in the top right, and turn on the background tracking, the app will then log your journeys for you. The app uses the phones onboard GPS and motion sensor to work out the type of journey. 

Undergraduate open day, June 2019

The open days this year will take place on Friday 14 June, Saturday 15 June and Saturday 7 September and preparations are now well underway. We anticipate welcoming up to 25,000 visitors to each event and as such the campus will be much busier than usual, particularly around Tyndall Avenue, Woodland Road, Priory Road, Wills Memorial Building, the Victoria Rooms and the Richmond Building.

Tyndall Avenue, Woodland Road and Priory Road will be closed to general traffic on the open days to allow the shuttle bus services to operate. To park in University spaces on these roads, you will need to show your general/departmental parking permit and/or UCard to Security Services at the entrance to the road closures on St Michael’s Hill (for Tyndall Avenue/Woodland Road) or Elmdale Road (for Priory Road only). Please note, there will be an immovable barrier between the Hawthorns and Tyndall Avenue on the open day, meaning it will not be possible to travel from one end of Woodland Road to the other. It is also important to note that there will be a one-way system in place from St Michael’s Hill, along Tyndall Avenue, turning right onto Woodland Road and exiting at Tyndall’s Park Road. The First Bus services 9 and 72 will divert via Tyndalls Park Road, St Pauls Road and Queens Avenue in both directions. Buses will stop at the bus stops on diversion routes. Due to operational difficulties running alongside the University Open Day, the Bristol Unibus U1 service will end at 0429 on Friday 14 June, instead of 0429 on Saturday 15 June. U1 bus pass holders are permitted to use the Open Day shuttle service between the transport hub and the main campus  (0930 until 1600) on Friday 14th June and the First Bus Services 3, 4, 9 and 72 (the four additional services connected with the U1 bus pass) until 0429 on Saturday 15th June.

Please try to avoid deliveries along these three closed roads where possible; if you have any critical deliveries that have to come onto these roads on the open day, please request the delivery to arrive as early as possible in the morning.

For further information, please contact Any updates about road closures will be posted here on the transport plan news page.

Road closures and events that will affect travel to the Open Days

Lining work to Tyndall Avenue & St Michael's Park - postponed due to wet weather until Friday 24th May 2019

The Bristol City Council highway lining work that was scheduled to take place to St Michael’s Park and Tyndall Avenue on Wednesday 8 May was postponed due to heavy rain. This work follows on from the resurfacing work that took place on Thursday 18 April. The work has been rescheduled for Friday 24th May. Again, wet weather could result in the further postponement of these works.

The roads will not be closed for the lining work, so access to buildings and car parks on Tyndall Avenue and St Michael's Park will be maintained. On-street car parking will be affected, and minor disruption should be expected. A tow away scheme will be in place the whole day.

Further updates will be posted here if the situation changes.

Bristol Unibus Customer Satisfaction Survey

Overall satisfaction with the Unibus service has once again proven extremely high in 2019, according to a customer satisfaction survey undertaken by First Bus in February and March this year. Satisfaction with the U1 is now at an all-time high of 93% (increased from 92% in 2018) and the U2 is even more successful at 95%. Transport Manager Amy Heritage says: “The U2 service connecting the Clifton and Langford Campuses launched in September 2018, so this survey has provided us with a very encouraging early result for such a new service.”

Further details on Bristol Unibus can be found at

U1 at Stoke Bishop Transport Hub                                       U2 at Langford bus stop     

Road closures to Tyndall Avenue & St Michael's Park - Thurs 18 April 2019 1230-1500

Road closures to St Michael’s Park and Tyndall Avenue are going ahead on Thursday 18 April due to Bristol City Council surface dressing work. The roads will be closed consecutively not concurrently for around 1.5 hours each, so access to the buildings on Tyndall Avenue should be maintained from either Tyndall Avenue or St Michael’s Park during the period of the closure.

UPDATE: The latest information from Bristol City Council suggests that the closures will start at 1230 with St Michaels Park the first road to be closed, followed by Tyndall Avenue. If the work goes to plan both roads should be reopen by 1500.

Car parking - Staff who usually park in the Tyndall Avenue and St Michael’s Park area during the road closure period are advised to find alternative parking.

Buses - During the period of the road closure to Tyndall Avenue, bus services 9 & 72 will divert via Woodland Road and Tyndalls Park Road to St Michael’s Hill. In the northbound direction of travel these buses will serve the bus stop on Woodlands Road outside the Hawthorns during the hours of the road closure.

Further updates will be posted here if the situation changes.

Bristol Unibus customer satisfaction survey - 2019

The University and First Bus would like to hear what you think about the Bristol Unibus services, the mTickets App and the wider First Bus network in Bristol.

As a thank you for taking the time to complete this short survey, on completion you can enter into a prize draw to win one of five £40 Everyman Cinema vouchers.

The survey is live from Wednesday 27 February to Wednesday 20 March 2019 inclusive.

Many thanks in anticipation of your support.

Road closures – February/March

There will be road closures to St Michael’s Park (Mon 25th Feb to Wed 27th Feb), St Michael's Hill (Mon 25th Feb to Wed 27th Feb) and Tyndall Avenue (Mon 4th March to Thur 7th March) for Bristol City Council resurfacing work.

St Michael's Park road closure (Mon 25th Feb to Wed 27th Feb). This road will be closed for patching work from 8am until 4.30pm on each day of the road closure. If you usually park in this area during these times please endeavour to find alternative parking. The contractor will carry out the work in sections and enable access as best they can where it is absolutely necessary, but delays should be expected. Deliveries to buildings that front on to Tyndall Avenue should be made from Tyndall Avenue where possible. Bus services will not be affected by the closure of St. Michael’s Park.

Tyndall Avenue road closure (Mon 4th March to Thurs 7th March).This road will be closed from 9.30am to 3.30pm on each day of the road closure. For bus services the diversion for the Tyndall Avenue closure will be via Woodland Road and Tyndalls Park Road to St Michael’s Hill. Access to university car parking during this period will be restricted, so alternative parking arrangements should be sought. Deliveries should be made before 9.30am or after 3.30pm, or for buildings that back on to St Michael's Park, via St Michael's Park. The number 9 & 72 bus services will be diverted along Woodland Road, Tyndalls Park Road, St Michael’s Hill (part unaffected) and Cotham Road during the hours of the road closure. In the northbound direction of travel these buses will serve the bus stop on Woodlands Road outside the Hawthorns during the hours of the road closure. The Travelwest website has further information on this road closure and a map of the bus diversion route.   

St Michael’s Hill road closure (Mon 25th Feb to Wed 27th Feb) The upper section of this road between the junctions of St Michael's Park and Tyndalls Park Road will be closed between 9.30am and 3.30pm during this period. The number 9 & 72 bus services will be diverted along Woodland Road, Tyndalls Park Road, St Michael’s Hill (part unaffected) and Cotham Road during the hours of the road closure. In the northbound direction of travel these buses will serve the bus stop on Woodlands Road outside the Hawthorns instead of the stop on Tyndall Avenue during the hours of the road closure.    

Further updates will be posted here. 

University offers free February bus rides

Commuters and local residents are invited to try out a new Bristol bus service for free, as the University of Bristol offers a free trial on the Unibus U2 service, from Monday 18 February to Friday 22 February.

 The recently launched U2 bus travels between the University’s Langford campus and Queen’s Road, Clifton. The service runs hourly on weekdays from 8am until 6pm, providing an ideal public transport option for people heading into Bristol for work, shopping or leisure.

Amy Heritage, Sustainability Manager (Transport), said: “The U2 has proven a popular service for our students and staff and through this free trial we hope to show that it’s also a reliable and convenient option for other local people too.”

The U2 is operated on behalf of the University by First West of England using a fleet of modern, low-emission double decker buses with free wi-fi, contactless payment and on-board next stop announcements.

The U2 bus service route and stops include Langford and Redhill, as well as all other stops on the A38 towards Lulsgate Bottom (for Bristol Airport) and on towards the Lime Kiln Roundabout at Highridge where the route follows Colliters Way (South Bristol Link Road). From the A370 past Ashton Gate, the U2 takes Brunel Way towards Hotwells and up Jacob’s Wells Road to Clifton Triangle.

To take part in the free travel offer, simply turn up and hop aboard!

Disruption to rail services: Bristol Parkway, Temple Meads and Severn Beach, 24-25 November and 1-2 December 2018

Work being carried out by Network Rail work is causing disruption to local rail services on the weekends of 24-25 November and 1-2 December

During these weekends buses will replace trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway, as well as between Bristol Temple Meads and Severn Beach. For further information please visit the websites of Travelwest and GWR.



Staff Travel Survey 2018 - 19th November to Sunday 9th December 2018 - [SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED]

The Staff Travel Survey 2018 is now live for your chance to win one of our fantastic prizes and help the development of the University travel plan.‌

This year you can win five £100, five £50, five £20 or ten £10 vouchers from Ethical Superstore where you can buy a huge variety of products.

The University of Bristol Travel Plan is now well established and the University carries out a staff travel survey every two years. The survey enables us to take account of current opinions, and the results enable us to monitor shifts in travel patterns and determine our transport policies and how money is spent.

University staff are encouraged to take part in the survey as it is important to have as many respondents as possible. Our future decisions could affect you. Previous staff travel survey results are summarised on our Travel Surveys pages.‌


Love Your Bike Week - 19th November to 23rd November 2018

Love your bike and treat your bike to a free tune up, security marking, a robust lock and some lovely lights. The University will be putting a spot light on bike security and the importance of being seen at night. This week will include:

  • Our regular Cycle Clinic and bike security marking events will be held on Wednesday 21st November, 11am to 2pm outside the Indoor Sports Centre. See below for further details on what is on offer at these events
  • The University Police Officer, PC Cowley will be walking around all week offering bike security advice and bike security marking to cyclists at the University

You can buy a Gold Secure cycle lock and cycle lights year round at the Basket Shop in the Richmond Building (SU), both with amazing students discounts available!