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Update on travelling to campus

02 Sep 2020

New information on car parking and charges, and cycle storage

As more staff return to campus, we are making changes to the way our car parking and cycle storage have been operating since 18 March 2020. 

Government advice remains that people should walk or cycle to work if possible. As more people return to campus, we are updating our position on car parking, and providing additional information on bike storage.


If you have access to a bike, cycling is an efficient and healthy way to get to campus, and along with walking remains the recommended way to get to work if possible.

Additional cycle storage will be available from 21 September on the MECD site close to the Aquatics Centre. Anyone wishing to access cycle storage should email

There is lots of help and support available:

Car parking

During lockdown, the barriers in some of our car parks have been in the up position meaning that car parking has been available free of charge to our key workers and colleagues working in the NHS. 

From 2 September 2020 the barriers at our Charles Street, Dilworth Street and Dover Street carparks barriers will move to the down position.  Our Booth Street car park will be open with barriers in the down position.

There will also be some changes to car parking charges, to reflect the changing patterns of work and access to public transport.

  • Existing car park permit holders will start to be charged at the current rate from 1 October 2020.  This will be reviewed in January 2021.
  • Those currently on the waiting list will be offered a Pay as You Go Permit (21-Hit Card) at £53, which allows 21 entries to the car park. Priority will be given to those who will be required on campus and will have difficulty travelling by public transport, cycling or walking.
  • Existing Pay as You Go Permit holders can use up their current card and then be charged the £53 for subsequent cards.
  • Anyone wishing to apply for Pay as You Go Permits not on the waiting list can email the Carpark Office at

Public transport

Transport for Great Manchester has published extensive guidance for people who need to use public transport. Some companies such as Stagecoach have apps which indicate busy services.

Please follow all the latest guidance, and you may wish to discuss staggered work times with your manager to help avoid busy times on buses, trams and trains.

Further information: