Travel news

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 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 The U1e service will be withdrawn when social distancing is no longer required on public transport and the U1 vehicles can carry 100% of passengers again.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 New Temporary Covid-19 parking policy, updated (PDF, 306kB)

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)



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 

Bus, Rail, Coach, Bristol Airport, Road closures and road works: Covid-19 update Tue 26 May 2020

During the Coronavirus pandemic Bristol Unibus services U1 and U2 will not be operating. For timetable information of services which are running in Bristol and the wider West of England area please see the First Bus Bristol, Bath and the West service information page.

Transport provision in the region is changing daily. Regular updates are available at This includes information on social distancing on public transport. 

Love Your Bike Week: Cancelled

Unfortunately, the Love Your Bike week events scheduled for w/c 16 March will now NOT be taking place. So the bike security marking session scheduled for Wed 18 March will now NOT run, and the Cycle Clinic, bike security marking, and lock and light sale scheduled for Thurs 19 March will NOT run either. Apologies for the cancellation of these events. We hope to run them later in the year. 

Please remember that 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! (Purchases of locks and lights must be made in person at the shop.) Gold Sold-Secure cycle locks are also available to buy all year round at the Royal Fort Security Lodge during normal opening hours.

Travelwest: Staff Travel to Work Survey 2020

Survey is open Mon 9th - Sun 15th March 

Please tell us about your journey to work today, and how you might want to commute in the future. Your journey information will help the West of England Local Councils decide how to invest in future transport schemes and will help us as a university to identify ways to improve our facilities and transport policies to support staff with their commuting.

Please click on the link below to take you to the Travel to Work Survey.  It will take less than 5 minutes to complete and your response is completely confidential.   

At the end of the survey you can enter a prize draw to win prizes including a hot air balloon ride for 2, £20 shopping vouchers and fitness trackers! 

Complete the survey online here

The University of Bristol fully supports your participation in this survey and we encourage all staff to take part. The survey will be live until Sunday 15th March inclusive. Please note: you only need to fill out the survey once.  

More information about how the results of the survey are used, by your employer and the councils, can be found on the travelwest website:

Many thanks for your support.

Student Travel Survey 2020 - Now Live until Fri 13 March 

The University has a Travel Plan that contains measures to help students travel sustainably. We have created a student travel survey to track progress, report on Travel Plan targets and hear students' current opinions. It will also determine our future transport policies and how money is spent, so we would really appreciate you taking part.

The survey is now live and open until Friday 13 March 2020 and only takes a few minutes to complete. it can be accessed directly from this link:

Fri 28 Feb: U1 & U2 bus service route changes due to climate change protest

U1 bus service change

U2 bus service change

Further information


All change on the trains

Rail users will see some big changes in the coming weeks with a major overhaul of the Great Western Railway timetable in mid-December and a programme of engineering works over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

New GWR timetable

From 15 December 2019, around three quarters of train times on the Great Western Railway network will change as part of the biggest overhaul of the rail operator’s timetable since the 1970s.

GWR say the changes will mean faster journeys, more frequent services and more seats across their network.

The new timetable is being introduced to take advantage of new electric trains and other recent upgrades to the region’s rail infrastructure.

The introduction of new ‘SuperFast’ services will see the fastest journey times from Bristol to London cut to 1 hour 19 mins from Temple Meads and 1hr 8mins from Parkway.

Commuters on many of Bristol’s suburban and regional rail services will also see changes to the timetable and the type of trains they travel on.

GWR advise passengers to check their journeys in advance to avoid getting caught out as trains will arrive and depart at different times and won’t always stop at the stations they do today.

You can find further information and create your own personalised timetable by visiting the GWR website.

Christmas engineering works

Rail travel to and from Bristol will be heavily disrupted over Christmas and New Year by a combination of planned engineering works and the reduced holiday timetable.

As usual no trains run anywhere on the rail network Christmas Day and very few will operate on Boxing Day.

In addition, trains to and from London will be affected by the closure of the line between Paddington and Reading for engineering work from 24-27 December.

Services to and from South Wales will be affected by the closure of the line west of the Severn Tunnel from 24 December until 3 January. Buses will replace trains between Bristol Parkway, Newport, Cardiff Central and Bridgend.

For further information and to plan your journeys over the festive period visit the National Rail website.

Lights On: Be Safe & Be Seen on your bicycle

FREE bike lights and Hi-Visibility items giveaway 11am-2pm Wed 6 November at the Cycle Clinic on Tyndall Avenue

To help you be safe and seen on your bicycle this winter, we’ve got the following fantastic items to giveaway absolutely FREE (on a first-come first-served basis):


And also this week:

Find more information on cycling at:

Lights On – Be Seen & Be Safe on your bicycle


The clocks go back 1 hour hour at 2am on Sunday 27 October marking the end of British Summer Time (BST). With the hours of darkness increasing, take extra care to be safe and seen on your bicycle, and make sure you use lights. Find more information on cycling at:


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! 

Bus, Rail, Coach, Bristol Airport, Road closures and road works 

Bristol Unibus U2 - Bristol City Centre, via main University Campus, to Langford Campus