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Staff Travel Survey 2016

The survey is open from Tuesday 22 November to Tuesday 6 December 2016, and for speed and convenience can be accessed at

The results will help the development of the University travel plan, so please have your say by taking part and for a chance of winning the following prizes: 

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.

For further information on the 2016 staff travel survey please view the 2016 Staff Travel Survey Frequently Asked Questions PDF (PDF, 58kB).

Welcome week programme 20 - 22 September

Whether you're a member of staff who's been here for years, or a brand new student, we've got various activities and initiatives going on during Welcome Week. 

Outspoken Cycles will be attending with their Bike Scalextric so that you can compete against your friends or colleagues, we'll have Smoothie bikes allowing you to pedal your way to a delicious drink, and Travelwest will be on hand offering personalised travel advise and local maps. 

Co-wheels car club will also be on site, and waiving their joining fee for staff and students and addition to offering £10 driving credit to new members. 

The Transport team will be outside the Hawthorns during much of Welcome Week. We'll be selling locks and lights at subsidised rates to students and at cost price to staff, and Security Services will be offering Bike Register bike marking to help keep your bike safe.

Also, anyone who comes along and signs up to one or more of the transport mailing lists (TUB-BUG Bicycle User GroupMUG Motorcycle User GroupPublic Transport User Group) will automatically be entered into a competition to win a Kindle!

Taylored Cycle's Cycle Clinic will be on the grass opposite Senate House between 11am and 2pm on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 September to carry out basic repairs and check ups to your bike.

Transport Plan events programme 2016 - 2017

We've confirmed the full programme of lock and light sales, Cycle Clinics and Bike Register security marking for 2016 - 2017. Cycle Events Programme (2016/2017) (PDF, 55kB).

Precinct public transport improvements - September 2016

September 2016 will see a number of Precinct public transport changes to support staff, students and visitors accessing the site. The main premise behind these changes is to alleviate the current pressure on Elton Road (adjacent to the Hawthorns) and to make the University Precinct a more attractive, congestion free and safe environment for all who travel to and through it. These changes include the following:
From 4th September 2016
First Bus Service 72 (Bristol Temple Meads to UWE Frenchay Campus) will be diverted into the University Precinct. A new supporting bus stop will be installed on Tyndall Avenue for this service.
First Bus Service 9 (Bristol Temple Meads to Redland) will follow a new route through the University Precinct. This service will also utilise the new supporting bus stop on Tyndall Avenue.
First Bus Service 8 (Bristol Temple Meads to Bristol Zoo) will follow a new route through the University Precinct. 
Services 8, 9 and 72 changes from 4th September 2016 (PDF, 92kB)
From 19th September 2016
Wessex Service 16 (Stoke Bishop Halls of Residence to the Centre) will follow a new route through the University Precinct. A new supporting bus stop will be installed on Woodland Road for this change in route
Service 16 route from 19th September 2016 (PDF, 102kB)
Journey planning
Use the Travelwest journey planner to help you plan your journeys with these changes

Big Commuting Challenge: Monday 6 June - 15 July

The Big Commuting Challenge is back!

Last year we were narrowly beaten by the University of the West of England and Bristol City Council. Let's see if we can get more staff participating this year, and move our way up the scoreboard. 

You can record any journey to, from, or for work where you aren't traveling in a car on your own. That means you can include working from home, tele-conferencing, and car sharing. Extra points for those who change to a more sustainable mode of transport during the challenge. 

Create your account and join your departmental subteam. If it's not already there, then email and we can add your department. 

 M32 weekend closure: 10 June - 13 June

The M32 motorway will be closed between junctions 1 and 3 from 8pm on Friday 10 June until 6am on Monday 13 June. This is to allow for MetroBus to install a new bridge over the motorway, and for Highways England to carry out essential survey work. 

Alternative routes will be clearly signposted. Please expect some disruption during the period of the works.

For more information on the closure programme and help in planning your journey visit

Travelwest Travel to Work survey: 7 March 13 March 2016

The West of England Unitary Authorities are conducting the Travelwest Travel to Work survey this week to help establish how people travel to work and how they might want to commute in the future.  

With just a few questions, it should take under 5 minutes of your time to complete and your response is  completely confidential. However, it will provide the University with some very useful comparative data and may help to inform our future 'Travel to Work' strategy. It will also help local government decide how to invest in future local transport schemes.

The survey needs to be completed THIS WEEK, Monday 7th to Sunday 13th March 2016.

Please click on the link below to take you to the Travel to Work survey. At the end of the survey you can enter a prize draw to win shopping vouchers worth £20.

Complete the survey online here (personalised UoB link):

More information about how the results of the survey are used by The West of England Unitary Authorities can be found on the Travelwest website:

Please send any enquiries about the survey to

Cycle to Work Free Gift Offer

Order a bike through the Cycle Solutions Cycle to Work Scheme (staff only) before the end of March 2016 and receive a free bike helmet! N.B Please note that this promotion is offered by Cycle Solutions and as such offer is only valid if you order a bike through the Cycle Solutions website and not if you buy a bike from one of the local bike stores participating in the scheme. CTW free gift promotion March 2016 (PDF, 2,303kB) to put in your work area.

Tyndalls Park Road/Woodland Road junction improvements

Bristol City Council will construct a raised speed table across the junction of Tyndalls Park Road and Woodland Road between the 22nd January 2016 and 10th February 2016. Tyndalls Park Road will be closed to vehicles during this period, but will remain open with a small diversion for pedestrians and cyclists. Please see Tyndalls Park Rd_Woodland Rd junc plan (PDF, 447kB).

Student Travel Survey 2015

Help develop the University’s Student Travel Plan by completing a short questionnaire and be in with a chance to win great prizes!

Along with establishing when and what journeys you make and by what form of transport, we want to get your opinions on how the University Student Bus Service is operating and whether there should be better provision for cyclists.

The results will help form our transport policies and determine how money is spent, so it is important that you take part - our future decisions could affect you.

Prizes on offer:

The closing date is 6pm on Sunday 1st March 2015.