Staff Travel to Cardiff Campuses

Please Note: Car parking at our Atrium campus is subject to availability and limited only to staff working on site.

The University strongly recommends that you consider alternative travel arrangements to driving wherever possible. All campuses are serviced by regular public transport links and are easily accessible by road.


Bus Travel

Train Travel

Cycling or Walking

Car Parking and Car Sharing


Bus Travel

At the Atrium Campus there is a bus stop directly opposite the Atrium Building.


Bus Routes and Timetables

Further details of bus routes and timetables can be obtained from Traveline Cymru


Train Travel

Cardiff Queen’s Street Station is just five minutes walk from the Atrium Campus.


Annual Train Season Ticket Discounts for USW Group Staff


34% Discount on Annual Train Season Tickets – Valleys Line Service

As part of the USW Group Travel Plan and in conjunction with Arriva Trains Wales, we are able to offer a 34% discount on Staff Annual Train Season Tickets. Discount is only available on the Valley Lines route services. A list of Valleys Line Stations and the most recent Timetable can be found on Arriva Trains Wales website.

  • To calculate your individual journey prices visit the following National Rail Enquiries web page Season Ticket Calculator
  • Enter the station that you are traveling to and from and this will calculate the non discounted price. To get your discounted price calculate 34% of the non discounted price. You will need to round up to the nearest 10 pence.
  • Purchasing your ticket can be carried out at any staffed station within the Valley Lines route, not through the University.

Once you have confirmed the price of your ticket with the station simply fill out one of the application forms below. There is the option to pay for this upfront with Arriva Trains Wales, or to pay for the ticket in 10 monthly installments by applying for an interest free loan with the University.

USW Group 34% Discount Staff Annual Train Season Ticket WITHOUT LOAN POLICY & APPLICATION FORM

USW Group Staff 34% Discount Annual Train Season Ticket LOAN POLICY & APPLICATION FORM

The interest free loan is only available to staff with a minimum of 10 months employment to cover the initial cost of the season tickets. This must be approved by your Line Manager and Payroll. The loan is repayable in 10 monthly installments.

Once completed and authorized, present this form, together with valid staff ID, a passport sized photo and your payment to any staffed station within the Valley Lines route.


4% Discount on Annual Train Season Tickets – Non-Valleys Line Service

For all other rail journeys not on the Valley lines but with Arriva Trains Wales, e.g. Cwmbran to Cardiff, Cardiff to Port Talbot, a 4% Group Corporate Discounted Annual Season Ticket is available. Simply print and fill out the letter found on the link below and take this with you to the Train Station along with your payment.

USW Group 4% Discount Staff NON VALLEY LINES Discount Letter


Cycling or Walking

Cycling to the University is easy thanks to a comprehensive network of cycle and bridlepaths connecting with Cardiff from all directions. For full details on the National Cycle Network routes visit Sustrans

Bicycle shelters and stands

The main cycle shelter is secured with a lockable gate. To obtain access for the gate, first complete a Bicycle Registration Scheme Form. Access will be added to your card soon after completing the form.

If you have any problems contact the Atrium Reception Desk on 01443 668543.

Showers and lockers

Lockers are available in the cycle shelter and free showers are available on the second floor of the Atrium building for cyclists.


Cyclescheme

USW Staff are eligible to take part in Cyclescheme Salary Sacrifice Scheme. You can save 25% of the cost of a bike and pay for it out of your salary in instalments over a year saving the tax and NI. There are a large number of bike shops that are registered with Cyclescheme. To find out more or take part in the scheme follow the steps below:

  • Visit the USW Cyclescheme link
  • Enter your postcode into the relevant section of the Cyclescheme web page to find your nearest registered bike shop
  • Prior to completing the “Take the next Step” section on the Cyclescheme web site please visit a shop, choose a bike and obtain a quote.
  • Enter the details from the quote onto the web page.

For further information on how the scheme works please contact Alice Milanese.

Please note: Halfords do not operate under Cyclescheme. They have their own Cycle2Work scheme.


The USW Group (USW, RWCMD, Merthyr Tydfil College) has negotiated an offer with local bike outlets within close proximity of each campus/institution. It has been agreed the listed bike outlets will offer up to 15% off bikes and bike equipment to staff members of the USW Group who produce the documentation listed below:

Atrium Campus:- The Bike Shed Tredz Bikes

Please provide University of South Wales Identification using your payslip together with photographic ID for Staff. Subject to Terms & Conditions.

Reconditioned Bikes, Bike Hire & Cycle Training

Keeping Cardiff Moving provide a selection of reconditioned bikes at a reduced rate, bike hire and cycle training facilities, just visit the Keeping Cardiff Moving website for more information.

Bicycle Registration Scheme

The Estates and Facilities Department have set up a Bicycle Registration Scheme Form. Staff that cycle to the University can register their details with a description of their bicycle, enhancing the probability of bike recovery should it be lost or stolen.

Discounts

We have negotiated discounts with some local bike shop providers.

EC Cycles have a set rate of 10% discount in store if you provide ID. However if you are a loyal customer, they offer 15% discount.

DT Bicycles offer student discount with a valid NUS Extra card.

Walking

Walking to the University is easy thanks to a comprehensive network of cycle and bridle paths connecting with Cardiff from all directions. For full details on the National Cycle Network routes visit Sustrans

Travel Applications

Whether you want to try out new routes, strive to be faster, want to face a challenge, have better endurance or improve fitness, walkers, runners and cyclists can use a number of applications, including the following:

Mapmywalk

Runkeeper

Cyclingbuddy


Car Parking and Car Sharing

The University strongly recommends that you consider alternative travel arrangements to driving wherever possible. We strongly encourage all staff to use public transport where possible.

Atrium Campus and Cromwell House Staff and Visitor Car Parking Discount at Cardiff Pellet Street NCP

USW has negotiated the following deal with NCP for the Pellet Street car park. A follow up ticket can be obtained from the Atrium reception which allows multiple usage at the Pellet Street car park. For this card to be cost effective, the car must be parked for over 4 hours. If the car is not parked for 4 hours, the charge for the ticket will remain at £4.50. The cards are valid for 3 months, and the current cards expire 31.03.2017.

Information
Once you enter the Atrium building request a ‘follow up ticket’ from the Atrium Reception, which can then be used on each visit. Upon entering the Pellet Street NCP car park, pull a ticket at the entry barrier and keep this with you. Then on leaving the car park simply insert your parking ticket followed by your ‘follow up ticket’ into the pay on foot machine, for the discounted rate of £4.50 per stay up to 24hrs to be applied. Retain your ‘follow up ticket’ for future use.

Staff are encouraged to arrange their own car shares as traffic and parking congestion are a regular issue at the University. Liftshare. is a website offering car sharing opportunities.

How do I arrange a car share to travel to and from University?

Advertise Yourself

Whether you drive yourself and would like to share the cost of your commute with your fellow staff, or you don’t drive and would like a lift to work, you can arrange to car share either by asking around the staff in your office, or by enquiring on car sharing website such as Liftshare.

Charge

Work out what you’d normally spend on petrol (and tolls if applicable) getting to work, and divide that by the number of people in the car. Remember to include your own share of the costs. From Cardiff to Pontypridd costs around £10-15 a week in an average car (not including tax and maintenance, but generally this is the driver’s responsibility).

Useful Information on Car Sharing

  • Car sharing does not invalidate your insurance, as long as you don’t charge your passengers more than the running costs of the journey. Please do check with your insurance company however for clarification.
  • You don’t have to take anyone who asks: if you’d only feel happy sharing with someone of the same sex, or someone you know, for example, just specify it in your advert.
  • You don’t need to have a car to car share. If you just need a lift, advertise the fact to drivers on Marketplace and offer to pay them for the petrol.
  • The University would benefit from staff car sharing, the car-parks would have more space, the roads would be quieter, and as a result you may even get home quicker.

Vehicle Registration Scheme

The University has created a new Vehicle Registration Scheme service for staff to register your car registration details in order to help the University contact you quickly regarding any issues that may arise with your car. For staff enter your staff number.

Overview of car parking information

The University strongly recommends that you consider alternative travel arrangements to driving wherever possible. We strongly encourage all staff to use public transport where possible. There is limited staff parking on the Cardiff campuses. There are Pay & Display Car Parks near each campus. There is no student car parking at the ATRiuM campus. However, the National Car Park (NCP) in Pellet Street (at the bottom of Ty Pont Haearn student halls) currently offers a special car park deal for ATRiuM visitors and Students’ Union members. The deal offered is £4.50 to park all day – but tickets have to be validated through ATRiuM Students’ Union.

Off-campus Residential Parking Permits

If you have a car which you park on the road outside your house, in Cardiff, you may need a resident’s parking permit to do so.

Residents who live within a residents parking area and who keep and use a car will normally qualify for a permit. This will enable you to park in spaces which are reserved for permit holders. Parking in a residents permit area without a valid permit can lead to a £70 fine. You can find information below for both the Rhondda Cynon Taff and Cardiff areas.

Cardiff Permits

From the 1st July 2012 Cardiff households will only be able to have a maximum of 2 car permits and 1 visitors permit. This policy has been introduced to improve environmental sustainability, share parking spaces more fairly, ease congestion and improve safety. Currently, many of the streets in the student focused areas (Cathays, Gabalfa and Roath) have parking permit only bays.

You can find information on applying for a Cardiff Resident Parking Only Permit at the Cardiff County Council website. There is a charge of £5 for a permit and you must produce proof that you are living at the address and have a legal connection with your vehicle registration number. The list of acceptable documents can be found on the website.

Vehicle Registration Scheme

The University has created a new service for staff staff to register your car registration details in order to help the University contact you quickly regarding any issues that may arise with your car. For staff enter your staff number:

Vehicle Registration Scheme

Police Community Policing

This page is designed to give you an overview of the community policing role as well as providng contact information and basic safety advice:
Police Community Policing