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The University’s current travel plan seeks to provide a comprehensive strategy for the University in its entirety, for the period 2015 - 2020. It includes University-wide objectives and targets, an action plan for delivery of a range of measures and details the monitoring mechanisms we use to chart our progress. The successful delivery of the travel plan will ensure that we are not only ‘doing our bit’ for our environment by reducing vehicular emissions and improving localised congestion, and air quality, we are also maximising the accessibility of our Campuses / buildings for the University community as a whole both now, and in the future.

Chester is a very easy city to navigate on foot or bike and you can get to Kingsway, Riverside and Queen’s Park from Parkgate Road in between 20 – 30 minutes. We promote sustainable travel choices and have information to help you find your way around Chester on foot, bike or by public transport. The map below was created in parnership with Chester Cycling campaign and highlights routes between our Chester based sites - a PDF version is available to download in the Useful Links section below. 

Chester Cycle Network

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Map of cycle routes linking Chester sites

Greenway Gate - Parkgate Road Campus

Our Greenway Gate provides access to the University directly from the Millennium Greenway. The Millennium Greenway cycle path connects to a number of cycle routes through the city and cycle routes between sites are available too. The Greenway Gate is located at the back of Parkgate Road Campus. This makes journeys for cyclists and walkers a lot easier and safer. The gateway, officially opened on Wednesday 12 November 2014 by Alice Irvine, Sustrans Area Manager, was funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

The gate is located at the back of the overflow car park at the nearest point of access to the Greenway. The gate is accessible using your University pass between 7am - 9pm daily. Please familiarise yourself with Sustrans code of conduct for shared-use paths and if you have any technical issues with the gate please report to Facilities Helpdesk.

Cycle Storage there are cycle shelters located on all sites and these are marked on the University maps and marked with a yellow circle and the letter C. Ensure that you secure your bike with a heavy duty lock. In addition, there is a secure, two-tier cycle rack and coin operated lockers located in the Grosvenor Bike store in the centre of campus. Please lock your bike inside the store. You will need your University pass to access the store.

Fix it Station
A fix it cycle station is now on the following sites for you to make use of the pump and tools on the bright red fix it station. If you need help using them please get in touch.

  • Parkgate Road Campus, outside Grosvenor Bike Store
  • Riverside Campus - at the side entrance by the cycle shelter
  • Kingsway Building - alongside CKW060 cycle shelter
  • Warrington Campus - next to North West Media cycle shelter
  • Thornton Science Park - in the bike shelter facing the fitness centre
  • Queen's Park Campus - in the bike shelter

The Bicylce User Group BUG - has around 40 members across our campuses. We aim to contribute to the University’s cycle infrastructure plans and run events to encourage others to join us. If you have any questions or would like to join us just email us 

Commuting to the University

We promote sustainable travel choices and have information to help you find your way to and from the University sites by public transport.

Parking Permits

The University of Chester is able to offer a small number of parking permits to those students who meet the specified criteria. These permits are restricted to disabled students and students who have the furthest to travel; students living in University accommodation are not permitted to apply for a permit nor bring a car to site.

The University actively endeavours to reduce the environmental impact it has on the historic city centre and the local community, and discourages all but those for whom a car is essential from bringing and using one when they attend. We know our students support these initiatives, and the high quality public transport links within the city itself, and to the region beyond, minimise any potential inconvenience. Further information on Park and Ride and public transport are detailed below. We work closely with the Community Liaison Manager at the University to help address any issues relating to parking in the community around University sites. 

 Students commuting to University sites may find these guides useful. 

Park and Ride

Cheshire West and Chester council operate four Park and Ride car parks in the city, with two routes covering the city and are suitable for staff/students and visitors to Parkgate Road and Riverside sites.

PR1 Upton (Zoo) – Countess of Chester Hospital – City Centre – Racecourse (Abode Hotel) – Wrexham Road car park

PR2 Boughton Heath car park – Boughton – Chester City Centre – Greyhound Retail Park – Sealand Road car park.

For more information click on Park and Ride

Useful Travel Links

Click on Travel Cheshire for information on travelling in and around Cheshire West and Chester

Click on Travel Warrington for information on travelling in and around Warrington for information on travelling in and around Chester Find others going your way so you can car-share together. Save money, cut your carbon and have fun! Great for both drivers and passengers.