Staff Travel to Treforest Campus

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 Treforest Campus, bus stops are located outside the main campus on Llantwit Road and Brook Street.

Intercampus Travel

The University has arranged a shuttle bus service between the sites of our Pontypridd Campus.

Bus Routes and Timetables

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

Train Travel

Treforest station is just five minutes walk from the Treforest 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.

Cycling or Walking

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

The Treforest Community Route is now open. It joins up with the existing Church Village Community Route creating a lovely 6 mile traffic-free trail from Llantrisant to Treforest (on Llantwit Road). Featuring two great pieces of public artwork, an array of biodiversity and spectacular views of the surrounding valleys, the routes will offer fantastic commuting and leisure opportunities for staff and students of the University of South Wales.

Bicycle shelters and stands

Bike stands are located near the Sports Centre, the side of K Block, Ty Crawshay, opposite the LRC, at J block entrance and around accommodation on campus. The stands by J and K Block are secured with lockable gates.

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.

Showers and lockers

Showers and lockers are available to cyclists at the Treforest Campus. There is no charge for using the showers in either location, lockers are coin operated or available to rent from the Sport Centre upon enquiry at reception. Lockers are also available in J block bike shelter and B block shower room. Please note that any equipment/kit is not to be left in lockers overnight.


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 Payroll.

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

To note : Under the rules for salary sacrifice the arrangement for Cycle Scheme cannot reduce an employee’s cash earnings below the National Minimum Wage rates, as confirmed by the HMRC Website.

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 Database. 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.


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.


One of the most important changes everyone can make to the parking issues at the University is to walk between campuses instead of driving. The most direct route from Treforest campus to Glyntaff is:-

  • Leave Treforest campus via the Brook Street entrance, and turn right down Brook Street.
  • Cross over the road and at the end turn left so that you are walking towards the station.
  • Go into the station and cross over the railway using the pedestrian bridge.
  • Once out of the station, cross over the road and walk down Castle Street (side street with Pink Shop on the corner).
  • At the end of the road, cross over (Caution: Local residents have indicated this crossing point as one where extra care should be taken) the street and use the pedestrian crossing over the River Taff.
  • Once over the river, turn left following the footpath alongside the river.
  • Cross over the road at the end, and bear right so that you cross the closed slip roads.
  • Follow the path up through the grass verge, and at the top of this small hill, cross over the road, and take the hard right turn into Cemetery Road.
  • The Glyntaff campus is on the right-hand side.

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:




Car Parking and Car Sharing

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.


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 is creating a new Student & Staff 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.

Car Parking (Including Disabled Parking Permits)

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.

There are shuttle buses that complement public transport provisions and make travelling between campuses easier.

Overview of car parking information

  1. Parking for staff with disabilities
  2. Staff parking on campus
  3. Off-campus Residential Parking Permits
  4. Alternative car parks in Pontypridd

Parking for staff with disabilities

Disabled parking permits are issued free of charge to staff who are in receipt of a blue badge (a copy of which must be provided) to enable them to park within the campus. If you are not in receipt of a blue badge, then supporting medical evidence will need to be provided with your application and a pro-rata fee will be charged for the permit. The fee will depend on the length of time remaining in the academic year.

If you have a temporary disability then you may also apply for disabled on-campus parking. Supporting medical evidence must be provided with your application. Staff may also be required to discuss their own individual circumstances with a Disability Advisor with each case being assessed on an individual basis.

To apply for disabled parking please complete the form Disabled Parking Permit Form and return it (along with the necessary medical information and or copy of current blue badge) to Student Services (C Block, Treforest campus). Forms are also available from Student Services Reception. If you have any questions about disabled parking permits, please email

We would like to remind all staff that the University cannot guarantee a parking space due to limited spaces being available.

Staff parking on campus

The staff car park is at lower and upper Glyntaff.

Staff Car Parking Permit

For staff wishing to purchase an annual parking permit please visit the Online Store and take your receipt to the Security Reception at Treforest Campus.

An annual permit costs £180. For For further information contact Treforest Security Gatehouse on 01443 482055 or email Estates Security.


If driving is your only option, there is a student and visitor car park at the bottom of the Treforest Campus. Effective from 1st May 2012, daily users of the student and visitor car park will pay £1 for up to 5 hours parking and £2 for any period over 5 hours. Overnight parking is available and charged at the daily rate. A staff parking permit will cost £15 on the monthly payment plan, or £180 for the one-off annual payment. Payment can be made via the Online Store or by completing a STAFF APPLICATION FOR A CAR PARKING PERMIT and returning to Estates Security. VIP parking permits will be priced at twice the standard permit cost, at £360. For more information on driving to our campuses, please visit

Opening Hours

The main car park near the Treforest campus is open from 5am until 12 midnight Monday to Sunday.


When arriving at the Treforest campus, motorbike riders are to report to the main gatehouse and they will be informed where to park. There is no charge for parking a motorbike at Treforest.


Staff safety is of paramount concern and all of our car parks are monitored 24 hours a day by campus security. For staff who are concerned about their safety there is the ability to request an escort from both campuses to their cars. If you require a member of staff to escort you, please speak directly to a member of security staff on the Glyntaff campus and they will be happy to assist you.

Off-campus Residential Parking Permits

If you have a car which you park on the road outside your house, in Treforest, 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.

Local Permits (Treforest Area)

Parking in Treforest can be very difficult; with a high student population there are many households who have more than one car. It is therefore very important that you consider this carefully before deciding to bring your car with you to University. Some residential streets do not allow on street parking at all so check this out when you look at potential rental properties. Occasionally rented houses have off street parking spaces or garages (although these are not that common). If this is the case, check with the landlord whether the garage or parking space is for the use of the tenants in the property before you sign the contract (and also whether any other tenants intend to bring their cars).

New Parking Enforcement in Local Council (RCT)
Staff living near our Treforest campus should be aware that Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council is currently taking over civil enforcement of parking regulations. The Council has indicated a “no leniency” policy will be applied, foreseeing frequent visits by traffic wardens to the Treforest area, starting imminently.

Cars parked in violation of these regulations will be fined – penalties up to £70 can be applied. The cost can increase dramatically if the car is clamped or towed.

To park in most streets in Treforest, a Resident Parking Permit is required. Any cars that do not display a valid permit and which are parked there will be fined.

Parking Permit Zones

There are also some streets where you must hold a ‘residents parking permit’ in order to be allowed to park there (although take note – this does not guarantee you a space)! Permit zones in Treforest can be found at Parking Permit Zones

Residents Only Parking Permit Application Form

Note: Until your permit arrives you cannot park without risking a fine.

Each applicant must provide in support of their application –

  1. Evidence to demonstrate they are the owner or main user of a qualifying vehicle (usually a copy of the registration document or certificate of insurance)
  2. Evidence to demonstrate they are resident at a qualifying address. (In the case of tenants usually a copy of the tenancy agreement or form RP3)

A qualifying vehicle will be one usually classified as a passenger vehicle eg car, motorcycle etc. Commercial vehicles can also be considered but are subject to weight limitations.

Send completed form to:
Legal & Democratic Services, The Pavilions, Cambrian Park, Clydach Vale, CF40 2XX
Telephone: 01443 424010
Fax: 01443 424115

Alternative car parks in Pontypridd

The first few weeks of the academic year are especially busy, with a massive demand for the 2000 available car parking spaces for students, staff and visitors. During term, all parking spaces can be taken by 8.45am, so staff who drive often have to arrive on campus before 9am. The increased traffic also puts pressure on the local road network, often causing long delays in excess of 30 minutes to get to the student car park. If you do need to drive there are alternative car parks in Pontypridd Town Centre


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

Vehicle Registration Scheme

The University has created a new 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

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

Community Safety Partnership