Staff Travel to Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Staff travelling to the University of South Wales should note that car parking is very limited at all campuses, particularly at the start of the autumn term.

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 Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Campus there are bus stops located in front of the campus and at Greyfriar’s Road.


Bus Routes and Timetables

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


Train Travel

Cardiff Queen’s Street Station and Cathays Stations are just ten minutes walk from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.


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 a key visit the RWCMD Reception Desk.

Showers and lockers

Lockers and free showers are available for cyclists.

Cyclescheme

RWCMD Staff are eligible to take part in the Cyclescheme where you can save up to 25% off the cost of a bike and pay for it out of your salary in instalments over a year. If you require any further information contact Amanda Townsend.

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:

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama:- The Bike Shed Tredz Bikes

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

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

Only disabled parking is available at the Royal Welsh College of Music.

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

Car Sharing

Pay & Display Car Parks are available close to the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Staff are encouraged to arrange their own car shares as traffic and parking congestion are a regular issue at the University. Staff can visit the intranet website or Liftshare.

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 students on your course, or by enquiring University-wide by posting a request on the highly popular intranet.

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.

Car Parking (Including Disabled Parking Permits)

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.

Pay & Display Car Parks are available close to the College. Disabled parking is also available.

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 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.

YourParkingSpace

YourParkingSpace are offering 10% discount to staff and students on any parking booked with them throughout the UK. Use the promotional code UNISOUTHWALES10.

Police Community Policing

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