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Exciting changes to the Campus Shuttle

Having listened to your suggestions from the recent Campus Shuttle survey, which over 450 staff and students completed, there will be some exciting changes to the service from January.

In response to your feedback:

  • passengers will now be able to board the Campus Shuttle at Liberty Quays for travel to Pembroke campus and the Dockyard (Western Avenue)
  • to allow for passenger boarding time without losing the hourly service, the shuttle will now only stop once on the Canterbury campus, at Keynes bus stop
  • the service will no longer stop at Darwin bus stop
  • the on-the-hour timetable will continue
  • we are introducing two new, larger Campus Shuttle vehicles (49 and 34 seaters).

Medway student feedback was clear in wanting the new service from Liberty Quays to the Pembroke campus and the Historic Dockyard. To ensure we can keep an hourly service, the decision had to be made to remove one of the stops at Canterbury. The majority of you in the survey said you’d prefer to keep the Keynes bus stop, or had no clear preference.

Features of the new vehicles include Wi-Fi, USB charging points, more comfortable seats, a toilet and fold out tables on the larger vehicle. Both of the vehicles will be wrapped in a University of Kent design.

We’ll be publishing more information for the new improved service in the New Year.

Giles Lane car park update- 11 December 2018

Barriers are being installed in the entrance and exit points of Giles Lane car park from Monday 17 December until the start of the winter break.

Access points to and from the car park will be maintained throughout. At certain times alternative access points may be required. Temporary signage will be in place to help direct drivers.

Car park and road updates

Canterbury campus

Repairs to roads and car parks (various car parks, Canterbury)

  • Tuesday 11- Wednesday 12 December- There will be some minor works taking place to repair various portholes around Canterbury campus. The re-marking of hatched areas and parking bays at various locations around campus will also take place at the same time.
  • The car parks which will be affected are: Sports Centre, Registry, Eliot, Rutherford, Monkswell, and Becket Court. This work will require Campus Security to close some parking bays in these car parks.
  • Footpaths will be open and the roads will not be closed while this work is carried out, although there will be some barriers in places. Disruption whilst this work is being carried out will be kept to an absolute minimum.

Gulbenkian show (Central visitor pay and display car park, Canterbury)

  • Tuesday 11- Thursday 13 December- Up to 6 bays daily will be closed in the Central Visitor pay & display car park, as requested by the Gulbenkian for their show.

Applicant Day (Giles Lane car park area behind Woolf, Canterbury)

  • Thursday 13 December – 14 bays will be closed to assist with the Applicant Day, as requested by Recruitment and Admissions Office.

Barrier installation (Giles Lane car park, Canterbury)

  • Monday 17- Friday 21 December- The barriers are being installed in the entrance and exit points of Giles Lane car park.
  • Access points to and from the car park will be maintained throughout. At certain times alternative access points may be required. Temporary signage will be in place to help direct drivers. See Giles Lane changes webpage for all updates.

Coach and Minibus Parking (Park Wood Road Layby, Canterbury)

  • This area is not a designated car parking area and is used for coach and minibus parking to reduce the number of these types of vehicles using the campus car parks.
  • During the weeks leading up to the end of term this area will be busy on a daily basis for schools attending shows at the Gulbenkian, please ensure your vehicle is not parked within the layby

 Medway campus

  • We have introduced a new parking map onto the signage in the Drill Hall car park, Pembroke campus. The map shows which areas are the designated parking areas within this car park.
  • We are unable to paint bay markings or lines within this car park, which is on the Parade Ground and is part of a heritage site. The parking bays are indicated by circular discs in the ground and planters to help differentiate the parking areas. Following feedback regarding parking in the Drill Hall car park, we have introduced the new map to the signage to further assist the car park users

 

 

New Drill Hall parking map signage

We have introduced a new parking map onto the signage in the Drill Hall car park, Pembroke campus. The map shows which areas are the designated parking areas within this car park.

We are unable to paint bay markings or lines within this car park, which is on the Parade Ground and is part of a heritage site. The parking bays are indicated by circular discs in the ground and planters to help differentiate the parking areas. Following feedback regarding parking in the Drill Hall car park, we have introduced the new map to the signage to further assist the car park users.

Campus Shuttle update

The last day the shuttle will be running this term is Friday 14 December 2018. Thanks to everyone who has travelled with us. We hope you have enjoyed using the free service.

The shuttle will start running again from Monday 14 January 2018.

Thank you to everyone who completed the shuttle survey. Your feedback is very valuable and will help inform university senior managers to make decisions about the shuttle service.

We will provide a further update in January.

Christmas shopping by bus

Arriva (West Kent area)
Catch the Arriva Sapphire 700 bus to Bluewater Shopping Centre from Chatham rail station. Bluewater has over 300 shops, over 50 places to eat and even ice skating over the Christmas period! Arriva 700 bus timetable.

Take the 132 Arriva bus to Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre from Chatham rail station. Hempstead Valley has over 50 shops, restaurants and cafes. Arriva 132 bus timetable.

Don’t forget- if you already have the Arriva student or staff bus ticket, the above bus journeys are already included.

Follow @ArrivaKent on twitter for service updates or download the Arriva app to plan your journey and view live bus times.

Stagecoach (East Kent area)
Canterbury city centre
has plenty of shops and restaurants to explore. Catch the Uni1 or Uni2 Many shops in Canterbury. Stagecoach unibus usual timetable (until 15 December 2018). Unibus winter break timetable (16 December 2018- 12 January 2019).

Or you can catch the number 8 ‘Breeze’ service from Canterbury to Westwood Cross shopping Centre in Broadstairs. Westwood Cross has a large range of shops and restaurants to choose from. 8 Breeze timetable.

If you have a Unirider bus ticket or staff South East Megarider ticket, these journeys can be taken for free within your bus ticket.

Follow @StagecoachSE on twitter for service updates or download the Stagecoach app to plan your journey and view live bus times.

 

 

Repairs to potholes- Canterbury Campus

Tuesday 11 December- Wednesday 12 December there will be some minor works taking place to repair various portholes around Canterbury campus.

The re-marking of hatched areas and parking bays at various locations around campus will also take place at the same time.

The car parks which will be affected are:

  • Sports Centre
  • Registry
  • Eliot
  • Rutherford
  • Monkswell
  • Becket Court

This work will require Campus Security to close some parking bays in these car parks.

Footpaths will be open and the roads will not be closed while this work is carried out, although there will be some barriers in places. Disruption whilst this work is being carried out will be kept to an absolute minimum.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and if there are any queries please contact Estates Customer Services on extension 16666.

Parking and road updates

Canterbury campus

Applicant days (Giles Lane car park, Canterbury)

Bays will be reserved in Giles Lane car park to assist with the following applicant days as requested by Enrolment Management Services.

  • Thursday 29 November – 13 bays
  • Saturday 1 December – 11 bays
  • Thursday 6 December – 30 bays
  • Saturday 8 December – 30 bays

Lego League (Giles Lane car park, Canterbury)

Bays will be reserved in Giles Lane car park to assist with the following Lego League event as requested by Partnership Development Office.

  • Tuesday 4 December – 20 bays
  • Wednesday 5 December – 20 bays.

Maintenance work Estates building (Estates car park, Canterbury)

  • Saturday 1 December- Approximately 10 bays will be cordoned off around the Estates building to allow for glazing work to take place, as requested by Estates.

Accessible bays (Sibson car park, Canterbury)

Three bays have been used to provide two additional accessible bays in the Sibson car park. This is to help meet the requirements of accessible bay users while building work is ongoing in this area (until March 2019). Please do not remove the cones or park in these bays unless you are a Government Blue Badge holder or have the appropriate University of Kent health access permit.

Medway campus

There are no known car park disruptions to Medway campus for the next two weeks. Any disruptions that we are made aware of will be updated on the transport events calendar

Changes to the Campus Shuttle- have your say!

The University are making some changes to the Campus Shuttle service. We need your feedback to help us make these decisions.

If you are a user of the free shuttle service between Canterbury and Medway campuses, please select the link below to complete our survey. The results of the survey will be presented to the University’s senior managers so make sure you have your say.

Complete the Campus Shuttle survey

The survey should take around 5 minutes to complete. The deadline for the survey is 9 December 2018 (23.59).

Stagecoach winter vacation bus timetable

Buses serving the University of Kent will run a Christmas holiday timetable from 16 December 2018 to 12 January 2019.

Uni1 – special timetable

Uni2 – special timetable

Route 4 – normal timetable except 25 December, 26 December and 1 January.

Triangle – normal timetable except  25 December, 26 December and 1 January.

Christmas Day – no buses.

Boxing Day – no buses.

New Year’s Day – no buses

Follow @StagecoachSE on Twitter for regular service updates, or view live bus times on the Stagecoach app for iPhone and android.