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Car parking update: autumn term 2017

This academic year we have over 500 car parking spaces more than we did this time last year. This includes the creation of extra parking at University House and Westwood Campus following the demolition of derelict buildings, and the staff permit holder Lynchgate Car Park. Car park 3 has now closed to make way for our work on the new residences at Cryfield Village.

Since the autumn term is always the busiest time of year on campus, we’d like to remind you of the car parking options available to you.

Parking on Central Campus

Central Campus fills up first and fast on a daily basis (with the exception of blue badge bays which are available across Central Campus). To forewarn drivers, we have campus parking information signs in place on the approach roads.

These signs are an interim measure that manually re-create the real-time parking signage we aim to install in the future. They advise drivers approaching from all directions when Central Campus is full, indicating alternative parking at Westwood (for all) and Lynchgate (for staff permit holders). They also direct reserved visitors and disabled drivers to appropriate parking even when the rest of those car parks are full.

We intend to add signs that offer a similar service for Gibbet Hill parking in the near future.

If notified Central Campus parking is full, please proceed directly to alternative parking:

Lynchgate Car Park

Staff permit holder parking is available at Lynchgate. Please use Lynchgate if you are a staff permit holder based on Central Campus and approaching campus from the A45 direction. When Central Campus parking is full, staff permit holders should proceed straight to Lynchgate car park instead of circling Central Campus.

Milburn House Car Park

Permit holder parking is available through the barrier at Milburn House and often has spaces available later in the day.

Westwood Campus

There are multiple parking areas for permit holders and pay and display users on Westwood that tend to fill up later in the day than Central Campus.

Improvements for drivers

  • Our new exit route from the Science Park is open, helping to ease congestion in the Science Park and Lynchgate area.
  • The bus lane between Kirby Corner Road and the roundabout with Lynchgate Road has been removed and the twin roundabouts re-lined to improve vehicle capacity and ease congestion approaching the A45.

Gibbet Hill

Gibbet Hill-based users have exclusive access to Car park 6 (Health Centre) until 2:45pm every week day. After 2:45 car park 6 is available to all permit holders.

Visitor reservations

Visitor car parking is available in car park 15 (behind the IMC) daily. If you're a member of staff and you have an upcoming event involving external visitors, please submit your request online to reserve parking for them. Even when signage says Central Campus parking is full, if your visitors are reserved, their spaces will be available. Please make sure you communicate this to your visitors.

Options open to you

To make your journeys to campus quicker and easier, and to help us cut congestion and reduce the University’s carbon emissions, there are a range of options you may want to consider:

  • Multi-mode parking permit trial: a flexible parking permit trial that offers salaried staff the chance to save money and cut congestion by driving as little as possible, but leaves the option of occasional driving open.
  • Car sharing: we run schemes for both staff and students.
  • Flexi-pay scratch cards: if permits aren’t an option for you, these scratch cards make it easier to pay and display, and come with a discount if you pay through Eating at Warwick.
  • Bus services: we recently announced some improvements to the National Express 11 and 12X services, and a £1 Campus Hopper ticket that’s valid anywhere between Gibbet Hill Campus and Prior Deram Walk in Canley.
  • Flexible working: If you’d like to avoid traffic queues by starting and finishing earlier or later in the day, speak to your manager. While not appropriate for all roles, in some cases this is an excellent way to avoid peak traffic.

Kirby Corner multi-story car park

Outline planning permission has been approved by Coventry City Council for our new multi-storey car park next to University House. We’re now working on technical designs for the car park to submit as part of a detailed planning application. We will share full details of this with you in the new year.

Work is expected to start on site in spring 2018. We're preparing alternative parking arrangements for when the project starts, and will keep you up to date closer to the time.

Map of arrangements

Map of parking arrangements

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Map of signage

Map of parking signage

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