As a sector leader in sustainability, the University of Gloucestershire is committed to Sustainable Transport.
Transportation, and our long-standing partnership with Stagecoach, is a key aspect of this area.
In line with our efforts to reduce the number of private vehicles driven to, from, and between the University, all staff and students have access to the inter-campus University bus (Service 94U).
University of Gloucestershire students and staff can travel on the 94U and all other Stagecoach services in Cheltenham and Gloucester (except N94, which is £2 per journey) for just £1 per journey. If you live further afield, a journey on any other Stagecoach West service will cost just £1.20.
To save even more, get an unlimited travel Unirider ticker. Weekly and 28-day tickets can be bought from your bus driver. 28-day and academic year tickets can be bought online at www.buymyunirider.com.
The intersite bus service operates between campuses during term time and it’s a great way of getting to and from campuses and halls of residence, not to mention into the centre of Cheltenham or Gloucester. There is a service operating between Cheltenham and Gloucester during the holidays.
Stagecoach have provided a comprehensive guide to common student bus journeys - find it here.
Service dates for the next academic year are as follows:
10th September 2012 -14th December 2012
14th January 2013-22 March 2013
15th April 2013 -7th June 2013
University Bus Service timetable and access to other Stagecoach routes
Inter-campus bus timetable - Term Time (Service 94X, 94U)
For £1 per single journey, staff and students are also entitled to use Stagecoach services in the county and beyond (excludes N94 which is £2 a journey). So where can I go for £1?
See the Stagecoach website for further information and timetables.
Further further information on these services can be obtained from Gloucestershire County Council.
How do I travel into Cheltenham if the 94U service stops after 7pm?
Regular bus services run close to University campuses until around 11pm.
- The 10 service passes by Park campus
- The 94 service links Oxstalls campus to Cheltenham and Gloucester.
After that, students are able to travel on the N94 at the subsidised rate of £2 per journey.
Whilst the University tries to maintain up to date information, service provision and details are liable to change.
Staff and students are encouraged to cycle between University campuses and around town.
The University has a bicycle users group with links to the Cheltenham & Tewkesbury Cycle Campaign (C&TCC). A map of cycling routes across Cheltenham has been developed by CCC and is available at campus receptions, the Municipal Offices on the Promenade, Tourist Information and directly from the organisation.
University staff have the opportunity to purchase tax free bicycles under a monthly payment scheme.
The Government introduced a tax break in the 1999 Finance Act whereby an employer may provide bicycles and related equipment to its employees as a tax-free benefit in kind.
Therefore full time, part-time and contract staff whose term of employment is more than the period of the loan (usually 12 months) — and who have satisfactorily completed their probationary period, can now purchase tax free bicycles and equipment.
The University in conjunction with Cyclescheme will administer the purchase which will save staff an average of 33% (depending on income tax band) in tax and NI contributions.
To purchase a bike
The University, in conjunction with Cyclescheme, offers staff the opportunity to purchase a bicycle for the purpose of travelling to and from work.
The Government introduced a tax break in the 1999 Finance Act whereby an employer may provide to it’s employees an interest free loan to purchase bicycles and related equipment as a tax-free benefit in kind.
Therefore full time, part-time and contract staff whose term of employment is more than the period of the loan (12 months) and who have satisfactorily completed their probationary period, can now purchase tax free bicycles and equipment.
Staff will have a choice of retailers to select the bicycle from, these can be found here. Once you have selected a bicycle you wish to purchase, the retailer will issue you with a written quotation of costs which will enable you to fill in the following form. The University will then issue you with a voucher which can be exchanged for your new bicycle.
You will then make monthly payments for the bicycle via the salary sacrifice arrangement. At the end of the 12 months you can purchase the bicycle in accordance with HMRC guidance:
Original price of bicycle less than £500 18% of original price
Original price of bicycle £500 or more 25% of original price.
Full information about the scheme can be found in the PDF below.
Cyclescheme Q&As (231Kb Adobe PDF)
If you require further information about the scheme please contact Sarah Mace in Human Resources.
Second hand bikes
Second hand bikes can be purchased from the Gloucestershire Bike Project, a not-for–profit social enterprise based in Gloucester. The Project refurbishes old bikes for resale so if you are looking to buy a bike or wish to donate an unwanted bike then visit their website and find out more.
- Gloucestershire Bike Project
For full information on the car parking facilities at our university, please see the Car Parking page.