Updated 15 April 2021
Section 1 – Government announcements
Restrictions are easing across the UK. Staff should continue to work from home and minimise journeys where possible, although you can continue using the public transport network if you need to travel. Travel abroad continues to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. A link to the recent Government report on safely opening up international travel is included.
Section 2 – Rail and bus services update
Following the easing of some restrictions on the 12 April, there are a number of timetable updates from rail and bus companies. The Oxford Tube service has restarted. The Gloucester Green travel shop reopens. A number of improvements have been made to Park & Ride facilities at Seacourt including creating over 500 additional vehicle spaces.
Section 3 – Staff parking
A reminder on the availability of parking spaces for work related staff travel and how to apply for temporary permission to park (TPTP).
Section 4 – Local travel announcements
1. Government announcements
- You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible. This means you should avoid making unnecessary trips and combine trips where possible, although you can continue to use the public transport network if you need to travel.
- If you need to travel: walk or cycle where possible. Avoid sharing a car with anyone from outside your household or your support bubble, unless your journey is made for an exempt reason. Plan ahead and avoid busy tmes and routes on public transport. Further advice about travel in England can be found here, Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
- You do not need a reasonable excuse to leave England to travel to other parts of the UK, Jersery, Guernsey, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You should check the restrictions in place where you intend to travel to before making arrangements to travel.
- Travel abroad continues to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons.
- Current UK government restrictions, Foreign travel advice - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk), only allow international travel for legally permitted reasons which include: (i) for the purposes of work that cannot be undertaken at home; (ii) to access education. All requests for travel from the UK require the advance approval of the relevant Head of Department or Faculty Board Chair, to ensure that only essential University travel takes place, and only in exceptional circumstances. Requests will only be considered once a risk assessment, Overseas Travel and Fieldwork | Safety Office (ox.ac.uk), has been approved by the appropriate supervisor and the Safety Office. More information for staff is available on the Safety Office’s Coronavirus updates and advice page, Coronavirus (COVID-19): Safety Office updates and advice | Safety Office (ox.ac.uk).
- The Government’s report on the Safe return of international travel, reported on the 12 April can be found here with recommendations outlined on pages 5&6, see details here, Report of the Global Travel Taskforce (publishing.service.gov.uk).
2. Public transport
- From 12 April, GWR are increasing passenger capacity on long-distance services.
- From 16 May GWR services will increase to 90% of pre-COVD timetables. Details can be found here, Your Journey - Traveling by train - Great Western Railway (gwr.com)
- GWR have improved their cycle facilities at Didcot and Newbury train stations. Changes that were implemented on the 29 March include an extra 600 new cycle parking spaces at Didcot and an extra 230 new cycle spaces at Newbury. These secure cycle hubs are fitted with CCTV, and environmentally friendly motion sensor LED lighting.
- From 11 April, the Oxford Bus Company has made a number of timetable changes. Details can be found here, Service changes - April 2021 : Oxford Bus Company
- Oxford Bus Company have improved facilities at Seacourt Park & Ride. Improvements, implemented from 12 April, include an increase of 595 spaces taking the total avaible parking spaces to more than 1,300, customer toilets, an enclosed waiting room area and digital screens with real-time journey information.
- The Gloucester Green Travel shop is now open. More details can be found here, Gloucester Green Travel Shop reopening : Oxford Bus Company
- The Oxford tube service returns. The temporary timetable will operate 7 days a week with a frequency from Oxford to London of up to every 10 minutes during peak times Monday to Friday, an average 20 minute frequency throughout the day and up to every 12 minutes at weekends. More details can be found here, London To Oxford Times | Oxford To London Timetable | Oxford Tube
3. Staff parking
A reminder on cark parking services.
In response to the pandemic a number of short term measures were put in place to increase car parking for staff in and around the city at no cost. In total there are approximately 1,210 spaces. Should you wish to apply for temporary permission to park (TPTP) details can be found here University parking permits | Travel (ox.ac.uk).
Details of available parking sites and their approximate capacities can be found below:
- 145 spaces at Old Road Campus (Old Road Campus lower gravel car park. These are available to ORC and Oxford University Hospital staff)
- 200 spaces in Central Oxford (ROQ)
- 324 spaces in more peripheral locations within approximately 30 minutes’ walk of Central Oxford (Ewert House in Summertown, and a number of buildings at Osney including Symm, Osney One, Southwell and Knowles site. Due to departmental priorities, the 70 spaces at Iffley Rd Sports centre are no longer available)
- 417 at Old Road Campus (Old Road Campus multi-storey car park)
- 65 at St Cross/Manor Road
- 59 at IT Services Banbury Road.
4. Local travel announcements
Visit the University's Travel News page to keep updated with local announcements.