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Sustainable travel at Kingston University

By 2030 Kingston University will be one of the most enjoyably accessible universities in London (Kingston University Travel Policy, 2013).

If you are visiting the University, whether you're walking, cycling, using public transport or driving your electric vehicle, there are plenty of sustainable travel options available. Visit our directions page and enter your preferred mode of transport to find a suitable route.

As a university we are committed to facilitating sustainable travel to, from and around our sites. Our Kingston University Bicycle Users Group is an online network of staff and student cyclists who share information about cycling news, issues and events. We also host Dr Bike bicycle maintenance events at several of our campuses throughout the year. We have recently installed 10 electric vehicle charging points and have trialled electric vehicles for use within our own small fleet.

We offer our staff interest free loans to buy public transport season tickets to travel to and from work rather than use their cars. We also help our staff purchase discounted bikes for commuting through the Bike 2 Work Scheme.

Free GoCycle events – coming to a campus near you

Kingston's Go roadshow will be on hand throughout the year to discuss travel issues and help you travel around the borough more sustainably.   

You can access:

  • personalised travel planning;
  • free Dr Bike checks and maintenance;
  • try a bike and access cycle training; and
  • lots more information and materials on cycling, walking and public transport.  

No need to book, just turn up. Download the programme (PDF).

These events are open to staff, students and the general public. Keen cyclists and those just thinking about taking their first bus journey or cycle ride are all equally welcome.

Free intersite bus service

More than 5,000 passengers a day use this free service to move between the campuses and halls of residences. Find out more and view the timetable.

Following a successful successful application for funding under the Office for Low Emission Vehicles' Low Emission Bus Scheme, we are to convert  our entire intersite bus fleet to less polluting vehicles.  From September 2016, buses will emit approximately 25% less carbon, and between 75 – 90% fewer pollutants.  We will be working with students over the coming years to monitor the impact of these improvements.

Guided rides

Kingston University has teamed up with the Royal Borough of Kingston Sustainable Travel team to offer free, monthly, lunchtime guided bike rides to our staff and students. A Kingston University staff member who went on one of the rides in summer 2015 said: "I really enjoyed the ride. I was amazed by how much great scenery there was to see within such a short distance of the University and everyone I met on the day was really friendly. What a great way to spend a lunchtime!"

London Cycling Campaign events

We invited the London Cycling Campaign to hold several events at our Roehampton Vale campus in March 2014. More than 60 students and staff attended the events which involved route planning advice; Dr Bike checks and repairs; cycling advice; led ride sessions; and bike try-outs.

Cycling ride to Hampton Court Palace gardens

Contact us

Sustainability Hub
River House
Kingston University
53–57 High Street
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 1LQ
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3033
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