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Changes to Giles Lane car park

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.

Giles Lane car park update- 6 September 2018

Giles Lane car park is now fully reopened as a pink zone car park, and enforcement within Giles Lane will be reinstated from Monday 10 September.

Members of staff are able to update their parking permit from a blue zone to a pink zone, if they would like to continue parking in Giles Lane car park. To update your parking permit log in your permit account and select “Permit application. Apply for a permit”. Once you have applied for a new pink zone permit, email TransportTeam@kent.ac.uk to request cancellation of your blue zone permit.

Within the next week further minor works will continue in the Giles Lane car park, this will include some small areas of tarmacking; installation of signage and additional lampposts. No parking bays will need to be closed for this work to take place.

We are aware that some people are using the vehicle entrance and exit points for pedestrian access. Unfortunately this creates a health and safety risk to those individuals, so we advise all pedestrians to follow the access points provided; these are marked on the car park design under the abbreviation “PA” highlighted in yellow.

Giles Lane car park update- 22 August 2018

Work on Giles Lane car park has been progressing well. The car park is now lined and low level fences have been installed.

We are waiting for the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) barriers to be delivered and installed and to receive the associated ANPR software.

Giles Lane car park will be reopened (without the ANPR barriers) this weekend to assist with bOing festival. Final adjustments may be required in the car park following bOing, so the car park will be officially open to pink permit holders from Wednesday 29 August. Temporary signage will be in place.

The design of the car park is two lanes of traffic in and out. The design of the car park directs drivers in a zig zag format around the car park to manage the one-way traffic flow. Please see image of design.

The overflow car park will be closed once Giles Lane car park reopens.

Giles Lane car park update- 7 August 2018

Work on Giles Lane car park is progressing well. The main curb lines have been installed and tarmacking starts this week.

A large conference group (Canterbury Retreat) are leaving the campus on Wednesday 8 August, therefore more parking will become available within the Park Wood Courts car parks.

See our interactive parking map for information on parking zone and capacity.

Giles Lane Update- 24 July 2018

The works in the Giles Lane car park are progressing well. The pink zone is in the process of being levelled and drainage and data cable routes are being dug.  100% of the waste produced by the works is being sent outside of the University to be recycled.

Overflow parking

To enable us to provide sufficient parking for everyone, we are working in partnership with Kent Sport to have overflow parking available once the bays in the Park Wood car parks are full. There are two over flow car parks, both accessed via Park Wood Road:

  • The first overflow car park is situated around the edge of the sports pitch next to the Sports Pavilion. It is for the use of staff and student permit holders, as well as University Visitors issued with an e permit.
  • The second overflow car park is situated around the edge of the Sports Field at the top of Park Wood Road next to the Oaks car park. This is for the use of permit holders. It will also be used by the Contractors working in the Park Wood Courts areas.

Both overflow car parks are signposted on Park Wood Road. Please ensure all your visitors issued with an e-permit are aware that parking is busy on campus at the moment and notify them of all the parking areas. Details on visitor parking are on our web pages. If you are planning an event on campus over the summer which will require parking for visitors please contact the Transport team as soon as possible to discuss your requirements.

The use of the overflow car parks is weather dependent.   We will keep you updated via Transport News on our website and our twitter page (@unikent_travel) if there are any changes to this.

If there are no car parking spaces available in the overflow car park, please try the Park Wood courts.  Our interactive parking map shows all the car parks on campus, with information on the number of bays in each area.

If you are struggling to find a parking space, please call Campus Security (01227 823300) who may be able to look on the CCTV and advise you where parking is available.

25 July – 8 August 2018

There will be a large number of families staying in the Park Wood Courts accommodation over this period.  Please take extra care and drive slowly in Park Wood as there will be children running around and playing in this area, including on the roadways.  Please note that the speed limit on Park Wood Road itself is a maximum of 20 miles per hour.

During this period the Oaks car park will be reopened to staff, student and visitor permit holders. We will continue to assess whether this area is needed for coach and minibus parking and will advise accordingly.

Interactive parking map

We have been listening to feedback and have created an interactive parking map to show information about all of the parking areas on campus- parking zone, capacity, accessible bays and motorcycle bays.

The parking map is currently being updated to reflect the changes to Giles Lane car park. Once this is completed the interactive parking map will be updated.

Giles Lane update- 10 July 2018

Giles Lane car park is now fully closed and the contractors have started the maintenance works.

The first 2-3 weeks of the project will produce a lot of dust and mud while the pink zone is brought down to the level of the current blue zone.

The project team are meeting on a very regular basis and are constantly monitoring the parking situation on campus.

The Transport Team are working closely with Campus Security to advise and assist with traffic management during the car park closure.

Keep up to date with the Giles Lane car park changes webpage

Giles Lane car park update- 6 July 2018

Giles Lane car park will be fully closed Sunday 8 July overnight so works can start Monday 9 July. Personal safety as well as potential damage to vehicles is being considered in regards to the whole car park being closed.

The first 2-3 weeks of the project will produce a lot of dust and mud while the pink zone is brought down to the level of the current blue zone.

Estates are working closely with the contractors and health and safety advisors to see if it is possible to safely reopen any part of the car park during the works.

The project team are meeting on a very regular basis and are constantly monitoring the parking situation on campus.

The Transport Team are working closely with Campus Security to advise and assist with traffic management during the car park closure.

Keep up to date with the Giles Lane car park changes webpage.

Changes to Giles Lane car park

Over the summer there will be changes to the Giles Lane car parks. This includes essential maintenance for health and safety reasons.

Giles Lane car park will be fully closed from early July (expected start date 8 July) with the aim to reopen the car park by September. This work has been scheduled over the summer vacation to cause minimal disruption.

We are taking this opportunity to reduce the level of the pink zone so Giles Lane car parks will be consolidated into one car park. The car park will become fully pink zone. From checks carried out by the Transport Team less than 15% of the blue zone car park is being used by student blue zone permit holders, around 75% is being used by staff and associates and around 10% is being used by other persons.

Blue zone parking will still be available in the Sports Centre blue zone, Park Wood Courts, Pavilion and Oaks car parks.

Creating one level car par park allows us to improve the parking experience by installing Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) barriers in the car park and Variable Message Signage (VMS) along Giles Lane to provide information to drivers on the number of available spaces in Giles Lane car park. This will help with parking enforcement and traffic management. Environmentally, the introduction of VMS should help to reduce carbon emissions as drivers will spend less time driving around Giles Lane car park in search of a parking bay.

Levelling the car park will also create some additional parking bays within the car park.

Do you need to travel by car?

If it is an option for you why not consider changing up your travel to campus by walking, cycling or taking the bus? The University encourages sustainable travel wherever possible through the University’s Travel Plans. Did you know staff and students can save a huge amount on their bus travel by purchasing the University’s discounted tickets? Check out our travel discounts and planning your journey webpages.

How do I find out more information?

Staff are invited to the Estates Showcase on Tuesday 26 June 2018, in the Darwin Conference Suite between 10.00- 15.00. You can learn more about the changes to Giles Lane car park as well as information on all the services provided by the Estates Department.

We will be providing further updates over the next few weeks and throughout the summer vacation period via the transport team newsletter

We are working with key people in the Gulbenkian, Kent Sport, Conference Office and Recruitment to help manage their large number of visitors over the summer. If you are aware of any large events over summer outside of these departments that may be affected by the changes to Giles Lane car park, please email the Transport Team .