Commuting and travel to campus

Updated 15 January 2021

Planning your journey to campus

It is expected that the majority of staff will continue to work from home. If you are notified that you can come on to campus, please follow Government guidance on safe travel, travelling safely by walking and cycling if you can. Where this is not possible, use public transport or drive.

At a local level Leeds City Council is reinforcing this stance and is asking car commuters to avoid busy routes at peak travel time. They are also preparing a network of cycle and walking route improvements which can be viewed and commented on.

Changes to two popular commuting routes to campus are planned. These are works on the A660 Otley Road to enable more cycling lanes and plans for the Active Travel Neighbourhood in Hyde Park.

If you are commuting to campus or have done so recently, we would love to hear from you to help inform our travel support offering and to provide feedback to city partners including public transport operators on your comments or to raise any issues. If you would like to share your commuting experience – or want help or advice on planning your commute to work – you can contact us at sustainability@leeds.ac.uk.

Please use the sections below to help you plan your journey and see the latest updates on facilities and support available from the University.

Walking or running to campus

Toilets will be available to use within buildings on campus that are open, however changing rooms and showers will be opening on a building-by-building basis. It is therefore worth considering how you will freshen up if you need to. As soon as information on which changing and shower facilities are open is confirmed, we will list these on this webpage.

For further information on walking or running to campus, including route advice, please see our active travel webpage

Discounts

Local shop, Yorkshire Runner are offering University staff 15% off in store and online plus free gait analysis to encourage staff to get active on their commute. Simply show your staff ID card in store or use the code ‘club15’ online.

Cycling to campus

If you are cycling to campus there are a number of cycle stands (open and covered) available for you to secure your bike as well as bike repair stands and track pumps. If you’re not sure where these are located then get in touch with the Bike Hub, bikehub@leeds.ac.uk.

Toilets will be available to use within buildings on campus that are open, however changing rooms and showers will be opening on a building-by-building basis. It is therefore worth considering how you will freshen up if you need to. As soon as information on which changing and shower facilities are open is confirmed, we will list these on this webpage.

You can access route advice for cycling to campus on the active travel webpage

Cycle to work scheme

The new Staff Cycle to work scheme with Cyclescheme is now live! The new scheme will include an increase of the hire value of up to £3,000 to enable access to a wider range of bikes including electric and adapted bikes. For further details and to apply, visit the staff benefits webpage.

Bike Hub

The University Bike Hub is open for bike hire and bike maintenance support through pre-booked appointments. Please be aware that there will be no physical access into the Bike Hub and all exchanges will occur outside the building.

The Bike Hub’s new opening hours are;

  • Bike hire and maintenance: Tuesdays and Wednesday 10am -3pm

For more information on the bike hub including bikes available to hire, costs and how to book appointments visit the Bike Hub webpage.

For any queries relating to bike returns or access to secure cycle storage on campus, please contact bikehub@leeds.ac.uk.

Parking on campus

Free parking for staff until the end of February 2021. Any members of staff who have registered their vehicles for out of hours parking can park, any time on campus, until the end of February free of charge. For more information visit the staff car parking pages.

When on campus, social distancing should be maintained when leaving or entering vehicles.

Public transport

If you need to use public transport please read the latest Government guidance on planning your journey and precautions to take

You can also check with your transport operator for the latest travel advice on your route. Some operators, such as First Bus, are providing online updates as well as advising on available capacity via the First Bus app and National Rail is also providing online advice.

As of 15 June it is the law that you must wear a face covering when travelling on public transport in England. A face covering is a covering of any type that covers your nose and mouth.

See the latest government guidance on face coverings and other modes of transport where you must wear a face covering, where it is advisable to wear a face covering and those who do not need to wear a face covering.

MCards

For existing MCard holders who have been unable to travel, MCard are offering a travel extension scheme, allowing unused ticketing (based on the last day of your travel) to be transferred to a renewed metro card. This will be open until the 31 March 2021 to allow ticket holders time to take a decision on future travel arrangements.

Railcards

Unfortunately, it is not possible to freeze or extend the term of the ticket.  If you wish to surrender your season ticket (Smart Cards and paper tickets) you should return the ticket by post (if possible) to the following address.

Specialised Sales
Northern Trains Ltd
The Travel Centre
Leeds Station
New Station Street
Leeds LS1 4DY

If you are surrendering your season ticket, please e-mail the staff benefits team, staffbenefits@leeds.ac.uk to let them know that the ticket has been returned.  The staff benefits team will make the necessary adjustment to the deduction from your salary but please be aware that we cannot make retrospective adjustments.  Therefore, depending on when you notify us, we may not be able to stop your deductions until the following month.

We have been advised that unfortunately, there will be no refund value left on any ticket that expires within 12 weeks of surrender.

University business travel

For advice on UK and international travel – when travelling on University business – including fieldwork, study abroad and work placements, please see the Travel advice page