The new academic year has started and here are some tips on what to expect from the Transport Team around changes to travelling to, from and around our campuses to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
Plan your journey
We recommend you plan for all your journeys (including your return one) before you leave home. Be prepared to carry a face covering and hand sanitiser for use in line with the Government, University of Kent guidance, and travel providers restrictions. Where possible pay contactless or purchase tickets online and maintain social distancing. Here are some useful links to help you plan ahead.
Walking and cycling
Alongside the Government safer travel guidance, we are encouraging all staff and students to walk and cycle to and from our campuses where reasonably possible.
Please be aware and consider others when using our cycle parking bays to maintain social distancing. When more people return to campus, restrictions may be put in place.
Campus roads and car parks
When using our car parks, be aware and check your surroundings for others before entering and exiting your vehicle, maintain social distancing, and sanitise your hands frequently. Parking permits are still required to use our car parks on weekdays 8am – 5pm, with parking enforcement still in operation. Restrictions remain in place for students.
There may also be some disruption as car parks are currently being used to assist in COVID-19 Testing. To keep updated with car park updates visit www.kent.ac.uk/transport/news
Shuttle services will resume on the 19th of September and will be operating at 50% capacity. Face coverings will be required and booking your seat is essential. The driver will not be able to accept any passengers unless they have booked a seat. Bookings can be made up to 30 minutes before departure. Please ensure you cancel your seat if you have made a booking and no longer require your seat to allow someone else to travel.
Buses and coaches
These are currently operating at approximately 50% capacity. Keep in mind you may not always be able to board the service you intend to catch because of this reduced capacity. You might need to wait for the next bus or coach. Remember to maintain social distancing whilst queuing, unless you are travelling with someone in your social bubble. Allow room for passengers to disembark and walk away from the bus. If you intend to pay by cash, check with the travel company to ensure that they are accepting cash. You are required to wear a face covering when travelling on buses.
You can read more about travelling by bus on the Stagecoach COVID-19 page.
Southeastern trains are currently operating at 80% capacity. You are required to wear a face covering when travelling on the train and within the stations.
You can read more about travelling by train on the Southeastern COVID-19 page.
Eurostar, ferries, and flights
For other modes of transport, makes sure you are aware of what is expected. This may include requirements of the Ferry company you are using, the associated Ports, the plane company you are with, and, or airport you are travelling to and from. Travel restrictions may also be in place so make sure you plan your journey before you travel.
You can read more on the Eurostar service information page.
Please remember to follow the Government requirements at all times. Stay alert, travel safely, and social distance. Keep updated and be aware of any changes using the COVID-19 Transport page.