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Travel Advice at Walton Hall

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​Any specific updates on travel during covid-19 please see appropriate tabs to the right. Please visit the current guidelines on travel & transport from the government.

Travelling during covid-19

  • The University position on travel remains unchanged and that is, no travel unless absolutely business critical. 
  • Staff need to consider the most COVID safe method of travel.  So it would be perhaps better to travel by car than on the train / tube. 
  • Staff also need to use their judgement whether a journey is necessary and also be mindful that the different nations have eased restrictions to varying degrees.  So if travelling to a nation check the local restrictions before they plan their journey and task. 

Travel Advice provide information and advice for staff and visitors commuting to Walton Hall. We recognise that parking can be tight and that it is a duty of the University to help staff who wish to 'green' their travel. We provide information and advice on travelling to University premises by different types of transport and University initiatives, such as the car sharing scheme. For information on and advice commuting to Nations & SRSCs please follow the links below:

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Alternative Commutes to Work 

Read our article on commute options to Campus.



Travel Plan

Our policy is contained in the University Travel Plan which is central to the role of an institution in reducing traffic congestion, accidents and the environmental impacts of the transport activities of their staff, customers and visitors.

Car Parking Strategy

The aim of the Car Parking Strategy remains an appropriate balance between supply and demand and whilst it preserves the strong links with the Travel Plan.  Its recommendations are tilted towards day to day management and possible future supply options rather than large scale additional provision.

Travel Advice News

Cycle to Work Day - 5th August 2021

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Whether you're fake commuting or doing the real thing - try travelling by bike this Cycle to Work Day. It doesn't matter how far or fast you go, just get out and ride!

8th June 2021

FREE Arriva Bus Tickets for SmartGo Members

Now that restrictions are lifting, people are getting vaccinated and workplaces are welcoming staff back, SmartGo members can access 2 weeks of FREE Arriva bus travel and try using the bus again!

7th June 2021

Changes to Bus Services

The following changes to bus services to the OU come into effect at the end of March / beginning of April:

Service 11/12:  From 1st April revised to operate Monday to Friday only.  Journeys will operate as Service 11 and will be rerouted via Kingston, and in Caldecotte will operate via Heybridge Crescent instead of H10 Bletcham Way.

Service 24/25: Last day of operation Thursday 31st March.

24th March 2021

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Great News! For Open University Staff 

If you use an Arriva bus to travel to and from work you can get great value ticket discounts giving you unlimited bus travel. 

17th March 2021

Changes to Arriva Bus Network in Milton Keynes

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There are some changes to the Arriva bus network in Milton Keynes commencing on Friday 2nd April 2021. The changes are a result of altering travel patterns and the introduction of the new Milton Keynes Demand Response Transport network (DRT) on behalf of Milton Keynes Council. 

11th March 2021
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The Open University
Travel Advice
First Floor
Geoffrey Crowther Building
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes

01908 659784