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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!