The University of Kent works in partnership with stagecoach to bring our staff and students the best value accessible bus travel in Kent.
We are currently the first to be trialing the new Stagecoach mobile corporate app, which enables you to gain exclusive access to the latest discounted bus tickets. As a University of Kent or Kent Union member of staff you receive a 25% discount!
The discounted ticket range includes weekly (7 day) and monthly (28 day) tickets for the Canterbury local travel zone or the whole South East area, for those travelling a bit further to work.
Buying bus tickets on the mobile app means you can pay conveniently on the go using card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, and you can use your ticket straight away! What’s even better is there aren’t any restrictions on when you can use your ticket. So whether you’re commuting to work, nipping out for the evening or exploring local hidden gems at the weekend, you can get there for less.
Of course, COVID safety is at the top of the agenda at the moment and Stagecoach has published a guide to travelling safely by bus – https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/national/covid-19-travelling-safely. With extensive measures to make their services COVID-secure all their local buses are accredited with Visit Britain’s “We’re Good to Go” official mark, recognising the measures they’ve taken to meet government COVID guidelines, keep buses clean and aid social distancing.
Remember – it’s mandatory to use of face coverings on all public transport and social distancing should be maintained at the bus stops and on the buses.
Please see the following update from Procurement about the University’s new Travel Provider and Travel Policy.
The University has awarded a contract to Key Travel as our new Travel Provider. Key will replace Click Travel imminently, and access to Click will be discontinued from December 2018.
If you currently book with Click Travel, Procurement will contact your School/Department Finance Administrator by mid-November to discuss access rights and training dates for the rollout. Should you be unable to attend the training session there will be frequent webinars which you will also be invited to attend.
This new contract also aligns with the launch of the new Travel Policy which was approved by Executive Group (EG) and went live on 10 October.
The policy can be found here and clarifies and expands upon the previous policy, providing guidance on when and how to book travel, how to assess and manage risk when travelling (especially to countries that may present danger to visitors), the use of rail, hotels, taxis, flights, and specialist providers such as Uber, AirBnB, and Booking.com.
There is also a summary which provides a high level overview of the contents.