Travel News & Updates
Cyclists – Be Seen, Be Safe!
It is great to see so many of you on your bikes around Durham - well done for cycling to the University through autumn, you are all awesome!
With the clocks about to change and the long nights soon upon us, it is time to use your lights when cycling. Remember to take your lights with you when you leave your residence, it may be light when you leave in the morning, but come 4.30 pm it will be dark! It is actually the Law that all cyclists have appropriate lighting on their bikes at night.
With a little preparation, cycling in the winter can be as enjoyable as the summer. However, winter often means you may be cycling to and from the University in the dark. It is therefore important that you are seen by others, especially motorists. Lights not only help you see in the dark but they also help you be seen so think about this when purchasing lights. Also consider wearing bright or reflective clothing at night and in bad weather, and ride in a position where you can see and be seen.
The Law states: At night your cycle MUST have white front and red rear lights lit. It MUST also be fitted with a red rear reflector (and amber pedal reflectors). White front reflectors and spoke reflectors will also help you to be seen.
Flashing lights are permitted but it is recommended that cyclists who are riding in areas without street lighting use a steady (non-flashing) front light. Additional information on the Highway Code for cyclists can be found at www.gov.uk/rules-for-cyclists-59-to-82.
No Access to Bike Rack near Abbey House
By way of information, please note that the bike rack down the side of Abbey House will be closed for the duration of the Assembly rooms refurbishment (26th October 2018 – 24th July 2019). Please note that the closest alternative bike rack is located in front of Bailey Court accommodation.
Additional bike racks are also available in the centre of Durham and can be found on the 'Cycling in Durham City' map produced by Durham County Council.
Travel on Arriva Bus Services in the Durham District Zone for £1 per day
With effect from 30 September 2018 University staff and students will be able to travel within the Arriva “Durham District Zone” on any Arriva bus service around Durham City Centre and from Birtley, Barley Mow, in the North to Rushyford in the South and from Tow Law in the West to Deaf Hill in the East – for just £1 per day.
The new £1 day ticket arrangement allows for unlimited travel on any Arriva bus service within the zone and will now also incorporate the Coxhoe and Brandon ‘corridors’, Bishop Auckland, Sedgefield and other destinations - increasing greatly the area in which staff and students can travel at reduced rates. Staff and students must show a valid campus ID card to the driver to gain the discounted £1 per day. Tickets can be purchased directly from the driver using either cash or a contactless card payment.
Students can continue to enjoy discounted travel to Newcastle City Centre, and at £1 per day, this option will be cheaper than the cost of undertaking similar distances by private or other forms of public transport.
Example of Savings
A day return ticket from Sedgefield will save students and staff £5.60 a day, while a weekly pass from Chester le Street will be £13.50 (currently priced at £18.50) while regular travellers using the bus seven days a week would save £11.50 on the cost of the normal weekly ticket.
Full details available on the Greenspace Bus Travel website.
Annual Corporate Season Tickets for Rail Travel
In partnership with Northern, Durham University has signed up to their respective Corporate Season Ticket scheme where savings can be made by staff purchasing an Annual Season Ticket.
Further details can be found at https://www.dur.ac.uk/greenspace/password/travel/public/train/discounts/