In order to support those requiring to come on to site to work, temporary and free access to on site car parking has been put in place. Car parking capacity on site is being actively monitored to ensure we meet the needs of our staff at this difficult time. If you don’t usually park on site please complete an ID application form for parking approval; this process can be found on Connect here.
As per the national guidance, staff members travelling to work should try not to share a vehicle with those outside your household or support bubble. If you need to do this, try to:
- share the transport with the same people each time
- keep to small groups of people at any one time
- open windows for ventilation
- travel side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them, where seating arrangements allow
- face away from each other
- consider seating arrangements to maximise distance between people in the vehicle
- clean your car between journeys using standard cleaning products – make sure you clean door handles and other areas that people may touch
- ask the driver and passengers to wear a mask or face covering – the Trust will permit staff members to take a surgical mask with them for their car sharing journey.
Provision of taxis
Whilst public transport is running normally, for some staff with certain health conditions, this is not a viable means of transport. Additionally, the government has advised against car sharing, unless you are sharing with those in your bubble or you are required to travel with others in the course of your work.
We continue to provide support to staff experiencing difficulty with their commute to work, enabling them to travel to and from the site via a taxi. This is only available to those staff who do not have another means of transport (i.e. they usually use public transport or car share and it is no longer appropriate for them to do so) and their requirement is supported by Occupational Health (if the need for a taxi is health related) and their line manager. The taxi journey should be to/from the normal place of residence and to/from site.
The staff member must seek authorisation from their line manager in the first instance, then contact the contact centre and provide the authorising manager’s name. The contact centre will then book a taxi for the member of staff on account and record both names.
Stagecoach bus services
Stagecoach Public Transport are regularly updating their timetables to increase frequency and capacity. Please review the latest timetables by following this link: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/timetables
It is now mandatory to wear a face covering when travelling on public transport in England. Unless you are exempt, Stagecoach and other operators reserve the right to refuse people travel if they are not wearing a face covering.
Stagecoach have developed guidance and created some Frequently Asked Questions for those who may wish to travel by public transport, this information is available here: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/national/covid-19-travelling-safely.
U bus service
Whippet will be operating a reduced timetable for the Universal service from Monday 11 January 2021. The service will run every 15 minutes during peak times (changed from every 12 minutes). Off peak, evening and weekend frequencies will remain the same.
Campus Cycle Hub
The CBC Campus Cycle Hub (opposite the entrance to the Deakin Centre) remains open to provide urgent repair services for all campus cyclists.
They are also providing bicycles for staff to borrow free of charge for an extended period of time, which will be reviewed monthly. To borrow a bike just go along to the Campus Cycle Hub with your staff ID badge, you will need to provide basic contact information and agree a return/review date.