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Travel Advice During COVID-19

Find the latest advice and information on travel around Lancaster during the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Further information on travel can be found on the Travel webpages but please be aware that some information may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Current advice and information

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  • General travel advice, guidance and current restrictions

    Last updated: 25th October 2021

    The UK Government's latest advice and guidance on Coronavirus.

    More information is available on our coronavirus webpage.

    View the Government's Safer Travel Guidance for Passengers.

  • Bus & Coach Travel

    Last updated: 29th November 2021

    General information

    The latest Government advice on using public transport.

    The Stagecoach Bus App has a “How busy is my bus?” feature. This is a useful way to find a quieter bus.

    Information for passengers using Stagecoach bus services is available on the Stagecoach website. Additional information and FAQs on bus travel is also available.

    Full bus capacity is in place

    Since 19th July 2021, all seats on buses can be used and standing is again permitted. A normal timetable is in operation.

    Service and operational updates

    Follow Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire on Twitter for the most up to date news on operational changes to bus services in the area.

    Face coverings mandatory on public transport from 30th November 2021

    A face covering must be used on board buses, unless you are exempt, from 30th November 2021.

    More information

    More information about travelling to the campus by bus is available on the Bus Travel webpage.

  • Cycling

    Last updated: 25th October 2021

    Lancaster is an excellent area for cycling and one of just six former national Cycling Demonstration Towns benefitting from sustained investment in cycling. A recent study found that Lancaster is the best cycling city in the UK.

    Campus Showering Facilities have reopened

    All shared showering facilities on campus have reopened. Signage is in place providing instructions for their use during the pandemic. Disinfectant and disposable cloths will be provided in the shower areas for the user to wipe down the shower afterwards. In addition, the University cleaners are cleaning these facilities daily.

    2021 Campus Cycling Map

    A new cycling map is available showing cycle routes, cycle parking and showering facilities on the campus as well as cycle routes between campus and the local area.

    Bike maintenance and Dr. Bike services

    Dr. Bike and cycle maintenance services have recommenced in Alexandra Square on term-time Thursdays. The Bike Workshop remains closed until 2022.

  • Walking

    Last updated: 25th October 2021

    Walking as a form of transport is free, healthy, independent and easier to social distance.

    The 2021 Cycling Map shows updated walking and cycling routes on campus and between campus and the local area.

    More information about walking to campus is available on the Walking webpage.

  • Rail Travel

    Last updated: 29th November 2021

    General Information

    Rail services stopping at Lancaster are operated by Avanti West Coast, TransPennine Express or Northern.

    Face coverings are mandatory

    Wearing a face covering on public transport, unless you are exempt, is mandatory from 30th November 2021.

    Further Information

    Important advice and information for all rail passengers is provided and regularly updated by National Rail.

    The latest information on Lancaster Railway Station including ticket office opening hours is available from National Rail.

    Information is also available on the Train Travel webpage.

  • Car Parking - General

    Last updated: 24th September 2021

    Parking Enforcement

    Parking enforcement on campus is in place. This includes the Health Innovation Campus. This is helping to ensure a fair and efficient parking system for all parking users across the entire campus. Enforcement continues as normal during term times, vacation times and any lockdown periods.

    Cashless Parking Payments

    Payment for parking on campus is cashless only. This helps to reduce Covid-related issues associated with handling cash and reduces costs.

    Parking charges apply during University vacation times the same as they do during term-times.

    Parking Permits

    All types of parking permit sales are exclusively available online. The following are available to purchase through the University's Online Payment Portal:

    Please do not visit the Car Parking Office in person. You can contact the Parking Office by telephone on 01524 592179 or by email at car-parking@lancaster.ac.uk

    2020/21 Staff Scratch Cards

    Any unused 2020/21 staff scratch cards are valid for use in vehicles until 30th November 2021, after which they are out of date and void.

    More information on car parking on campus is available on the Car Parking webpages.

  • Staff Car Parking - Payments and Refunds

    Last updated: 25th October 2021

    The University has considered the cost of parking permits during Covid-19 and made the decision not to cancel committed monthly salary deductions for parking permits or issue refunds for various reasons. This applies to 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22. Monthly salary deductions for staff parking permits will continue as normal.

    Annual permits for the 2020/21 academic year expire on 30th September 2021. The year and expiry date are not printed on these permits.

    The reasons for not cancelling parking permit payments or issuing refunds include:

    • The administrative workload and costs of processing payment cancellations and issuing refunds would outweigh the amounts being refunded.
    • There are significant challenges in administering payment cancellations and refunds for some staff and not others as some staff have still been required on campus each day for whom a refund would not be appropriate.
    • The revenue generated from staff parking funds subsidised staff bus travel and the University is not obtaining any refunds from Stagecoach.
    • Many staff car commuters have saved money on fuel and other motoring expenses by not commuting to campus during lockdown periods.
  • Car Sharing and Sharing Lifts

    Last updated: 13th August 2021

    Guidance is available from UK Government, Covid-19 Safer Travel webpage.

    See also the Car Sharing webpage.

  • Taxi Travel

    Last updated: 13th August 2021

    Please see the latest guidance and advice from the UK Government, Covid-19 Safer Travel on using taxis during the pandemic.

    Lancaster City Council publish updated information and guidance for locally licensed taxi and private hire operators in Lancaster.

    The taxi ranks located in Bowland Avenue by the Chaplaincy Centre, on Alexandra Park Drive by the Lonsdale College bus stop and in the city centre remain open.

    More information on taxi travel is available on the Taxi Travel webpage.

  • Electric Scooters

    Last updated: 13th August 2021

    Privately owned e-scooters are currently illegal to use on UK roads, pavements and cycle paths.

    • Further information is available on our cycling webpage.
  • Student Car Parking - Payments and Refunds

    Last updated: 13th August 2021

    The University is not issuing refunds or transfers on student parking permits during Covid-19 for various reasons. This applies to permits in 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22.

    Reasons for not issuing refunds include:

    • The administrative workload and costs of processing refunds would outweigh the amounts being refunded.
    • Many student permit holders have saved money on fuel and other motoring expenses by not commuting to/from campus during lockdown. These costs are usually greater than the permit costs.
  • Have a query?

    If you cannot find any answer to your query through this webpage or the main Travel webpages then please contact the Facilities Helpdesk team who will be happy to assist you.