Covid-19: Return to Campus—Travel Safety Information


January-February 2021: National Restrictions

The current national restrictions mean that travel must be minimised so the majority of students must stay in their Christmas vacation accomodation and not return to campus. Exceptions do apply for a handful of courses and circumstances. 

Please see this message to students from the University for further information.

With the return to national restrictions, the University remains focused on supporting safe and supportive arrangements for travel, working closely with train and bus operators to ensure that social distancing measures, timetabling and peak time operations are managed safely. Information about what the national restrictions mean for work and study at the University is available on the coronavirus intranet site.

Commuting on foot or by bike represent two of the healthiest means of travel in general, and two of the safest during this pandemic, and are strongly encouraged when travel to campus is essential. Please check out the information  developed for staff members who choose to walk or cycle to campus.

We are also working hard to manage our car parks effectively during this period of demand on campus.

Plan ahead

Midlands bus operators are now running a full service and trains and Metro are running with just a few less services at certain times. It is expected that all services will be operating by September.

Plan your journey with this planner and check on-the-day disruptions.

Download an app to get this info on the move. The campus map app also lets you check departures from your bus stop or the train station.

If you are travelling by train, check that social distancing is being maintained and how busy future service are likely to be using this red-amber-green service update.

Travel Safe

Pack your face covering and hand sanitiser before you go. Wearing face coverings is mandatory penalised  on public transport and in travel hubs, and non-compliance is penalised by a fine. Washing or sanitising your hands at the beginning and end of your journey is strongly advised. 

All travellers must keep their distance from other people not in their household, and no-one should travel with symptoms of coronavirus.

Further details are available from Network West Midlands. Travel companies including National Express West Midlands and West Midlands Railway have published information about how they are managing virus risks, including extra cleaning.


Bus travellers are strongly advised to use contactless payments, or to use the smartphone or pay as you go options. National Express offer flexible fares for part time commuters.

Train travellers with West Midlands Railway can buy digital tickets and access other services using their app, and also have flexible tickets for part time commuters. For users of other other lines, National Rail Enquiries is the best place to begin purchasing a ticket in advance.

 Annual season tickets can be paid for in installments via payroll. Be sure to apply to this service by the deadlines .



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