The Unversity Rider (Bus Service) 

Over 2100 passes were purchased by students and staff in the 2010/11 academic year. The average usage of the Rider and the Fast Track service is in excess of 4,000 passengers per week, with over 10,000 students and staff having purchased the pass in the past five years.
More than 50% of the University students have now used the University Rider to travel to campus.

The Rider is also a public service and provides several routes between Cardiff East and West. The service has enhanced public transport for the local community and encourages interaction between the public and the University students. Some routes have doubled in frequency to assist with demand which has further benefitted the local community.

In 2010 the University Rider route was changed to include more of the student residential areas in Roath and Cathays. The changes also made the routes quicker which resulted in an increase in the frequency of the service as well.

  • The University's Travel Plan is recognised as an example of best practice by the local authority, and uses an annual reporting cycle to monitor the progress of the plan.
  • In December 2011, the University was awarded the Welsh Government's Welsh Travel Plan Award - Gold Level, in recognition of excellence in the field of travel planning.

Future Initiatives:
The 2011/12 Academic year will see new initiatives including:

  • All weather swipe access cycle storage to be installed at Plas Gwyn Campus September 2011.
  • Development of a baseline for all the University direct business travel; and an associated action plan.
  • Renewed discussions with Arriva Trains regarding discounted train travel for staff and students.
  • Additional University Rider buses at peak transport times to assist with congestion. The doubling of services Monday to Friday, 8am to 11am and 4pm to 6.30pm.
  • Further discussions with City Car Club regarding the feasibility of a membership scheme.