Travel

About the UCPS Travel Committee

The University of Cambridge Primary School Travel Committee is a parent-school partnership made up of parent volunteers and school staff. The purpose of the committee is to action the School Travel Plan through discussion of policy, organizing events and promoting active travel to the school for parents and pupils. The committee works alongside the Junior Travel Ambassadors, currently seven year 5 pupils who applied for the position, in this.

If you would like to contact the travel committee please email enquiries@universityprimaryschool.org.uk FAO UCPS Travel Committee.

Vision for travel at UCPS

The University of Cambridge School Travel Plan (UCPSTP) sets out how staff, pupils, parents and visitors will be encouraged to travel to the school by sustainable travel modes including walking, cycling, public transport and car sharing. The purpose of this Travel Plan is to set out realistic travel behaviour targets and a programme of measures that will be implemented to reach the targets set. It identifies the key barriers to sustainable travel and proposes a series of measures to address them.

The aims of the School Travel Plan is to reduce the number of car trips for journeys to/from the school and to other locations by staff and pupils; to encourage pupils, parents and staff to travel to the site by walking, cycling, scooting and public transport; to ensure safe and direct age appropriate walking and cycling provision to and from school for all pupils living in cycling and walking distance to school; to encourage sustainable travel to visitors and contractors to access the site sustainably; and to demonstrate the University of Cambridge Primary School commitment to policies aiming to reduce the environmental impact of the school run.

Events

UCPS has taken part in a variety of different national active travel events, including Bike to School Week; Walk to School Week; and Sustrans Big Pedal. As part of the curriculum, KS2 children also undertake cycle training with Bikeability and all pupils take part in road safety, cycle safety and healthy living lessons termly. School-based events have also been organized by the travel committee involving Outspoken Cycles demonstrating cargo bikes, Dr Bike providing bicycle maintenance and assessments; and a hi vis jacket giveaway.

Upcoming events:

Road Safety Week 18 – 24 November 2019 http://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/
Big Pedal: 22 April – 5 May 2020 https://www.sustrans.org.uk/our-blog/projects/2019/uk-wide/the-big-pedal/

 

Getting to UCPS

Cycling

  • Cycle routes: the Ridgeway is a dedicated cycle and pedestrian route that runs from Girton, through Eddington, to Storey’s Way in Cambridge. A useful tool to plan your cycle route is Cycle Streets.
  • Cycle parking: there are cycle racks outside of the school for you to use at drop off and pick up times, the closest cycle parking is highlighted on this map.
  • Free bike maintenance & maintenance workshops are available at certain times to encourage and support parents and guardians who travel to school by bike, such as free Dr Bike and cycle maintenance workshops.
  • Free urban cycle skills courses are also available if you want to cycle to school but would like some support, the University of Cambridge offer free urban cycle skills training to all parents and guardians to cover all abilities from basic to advanced.

Public Transport

  • The Universal bus goes from Eddington to Addenbrooke’s via key University sites and Cambridge Rail Station. The timetable can be found online. It is available for all to use and University staff can travel for £1 if you show your ID card. Children (5-15) can travel for £1.50 one way or £2 for a day rover.
  • The Madingley Road Park and Ride is only a short walk from UCPS and you can also access the Citi 5 or Citi 6 buses from Huntingdon Road or the X3 or Citi 4 from Madingley Road.

Driving

  • Parking can be found at Madingley Road Park and Ride (free for up to 18 hours), Sainsbury’s (free for up to 90 minutes) and the Travellers Rest Beefeater on Huntingdon Road (only at drop off and pick up times). It is recommended that parents who must drive park at these locations and walk to the school for drop off and pick up.
  • In order to keep Eddington as safe as possible for all children and visitors, please ensure you keep to the 20mph speed limit and take extra care when reversing/manouvering.
  • Parking is extremely limited in Eddington, with some cashless on-street parking available. The first hour of parking is free however you must obtain a ticket or register your vehicle by phone, even for the first hour.
  • Parking enforcement is in place in Eddington and anyone found to be violating parking restrictions will receive a parking charge notice, this includes but is not limited to double parking, not parking in a designated parking bay, parking without registering your vehicle and parking on double yellow lines.

PLEASE NOTE any issues related to parking should be raised directly with the Eddington travel team, who can be contacted at travel@eddington-cambridge.co.uk

Other Links

Bicycle

Welcome to cycling in Cambridge

Cambridge city cycle map

NWCD cycle security poster

Bike security at Eddington

Cycle lighting information

Bus

U bus timetable

Car

Eddington Car Hire

Parking information can be found here: https://eddington-cambridge.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/NWCD-Eddington-parking-info_1.9.pdf

Live public transport information now available!

Smart Cambridge have developed a pocket Smart Panel which provides live information on bus times, train times and the weather. It can be found via this link on your smartphone and allows you to check accurate live times of buses (some bus stops only show scheduled times).
You can also access this information online here.