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Transport to and from the Forum

Walking

Walking is the easiest form of transport to get to the Informatics Forum - there is no hassle, no time spent sitting in traffic jams or driving around looking for a parking space!

Located in Edinburgh’s Old Town, and just 2 minutes walk from The Meadows, the Informatics Forum is in an ideal location for an enjoyable walk to work – whether it be from home, Waverley Train Station or the bus stop. Within 15 minutes you can be in the New Town, the Pleasance (and the Centre for Sport and Exercise), Newington, The Grange, Marchmont, Bruntsfield and Tollcross.

For more information see http://www.transport.ed.ac.uk/Walking/index.shtm

Cycling

Cycling is a great way to travel to work. It can help keep you fit, it’s cheap, and you won’t get held up in traffic jams. For more information go to http://www.transport.ed.ac.uk/Cycling/index.shtm

Cycle Parking

A secure, covered cycle store with parking for 100 bikes will be provided on the opposite side of the car park to the Informatics Forum. The store will be accessed from Marshall Street, either from Potterrow or Charles Street. It is expected that the store will be accessible from the end of July. More details on how to get access will follow as soon as possible.

It is planned that the cycle store will be ready for use by end July. Temporary secure, covered cycle parking will be provided. As soon as more is known this will be published here.

We will keep staff updated on cycle store developments. Staff will be notified by e-mail to announce when they can request access to the cycle store.

In addition to the secure cycle store, cycle racks will be provided at a number of locations around the perimeter of the building.

Showers and lockers

There will be four showers provided within the building: two on the ground floor, and one on Level 2 and one on Level 4. Locker facilities will be provided near to each of the shower facilities.

Free Dr Bike sessions

Staff can take advantage of free Dr Bike Sessions which take place outside the David Hume Tower every 2 months. At the sessions Dr Bike provides a free bicycle safety inspection and does their best to fix minor problems on the spot to any bikes brought along on the day. For problems that cannot be repaired on the spot, Dr Bike will give each bike an ‘MOT’ certificate to take away to a bike shop. The Dr Bike sessions will be held according to the following programme http://www.transport.ed.ac.uk/Cycling/bike_doctor_programme_2008.shtm

Bicycles+

Bicycles+ is the new staff benefit delivering the Government's Cycle to Work scheme - promoted as a green transport tax incentive scheme to encourage employees to cycle to and at work.  More at http://www.transport.ed.ac.uk/BicyclesPlus

Note that Bicycles+ is available to join between 5th April and 8th June ONLY!

Public Transport

Buses

The location of the new Informatics Forum makes access by public transport easy. Lothian Buses services 41 and 42 pass immediately by the site along Potterrow, and just a couple of minutes walk away is Nicolson Street - one of the city’s major public transport corridors.

To plan your journey by public transport, whether it be from home to work, or for journeys during the working day, try out the Traveline journey planner.

Did you know? Bus stops on Nicolson Street are all fitted with the City of Edinburgh Council’s Bustracker service. This state-of-the-art system uses a satellite tracking system to display minute-by-minute updates of bus times at stops across Edinburgh, so you need never be wondering if you have missed the bus!

Even better news is that you can now access this information from the comfort of your desk or using your mobile phone by going to www.mybustracker.co.uk.

All you need to do is enter the name of the street that your bus stop is located. You will then be provided with a map of all bus stops in the area. Click on the bus stop you want to use and you will then be given the option to get information on the next departures from that stop or you can opt to view the timetable.

Bustracker provides you with realtime information so that you can plan your journeys by public transport with ease. Take a look at the site now!

Trains

Waverley Train Station is a pleasant 10-15 minute walk through Edinburgh’s Old Town from the Informatics Forum. If you prefer not to walk, you can catch a Lothian Buses service 41 or 42 from the Mound / Potterrow.

The station is served by local and national rail services. To plan your journey try [link to traveline journey planner on Transport website] or you can call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or go to www.nationalrail.co.uk

Public Transport Annual Season Ticket Loan

University staff can apply for an interest free loan to cover the cost of a public transport annual season ticket, paid back via 10 monthly instalments from your salary. For more information go to http://www.transport.ed.ac.uk/PublicTransport/IFL.shtm

Car

The University encourages all staff to consider using alternative forms of transport to the car wherever possible. Pool cars are provided by the University so that staff do not need to bring their cars to work because they require a car for University business. For more information http://www.transport.ed.ac.uk/PoolCars/index.shtm

The University owns and manages car parks within the Central Area for the use of staff, students, visitors and contractors. Use of the University car parks is by permit only.

As a member of staff you can apply for a permit via www.myed.ed.ac.uk . There are three types of permit that staff can apply for to be able to use car parks in the Central Area. In the interests of fairness and equality permits are allocated using a needs based points system. There are three types of permit available:

A Permit: Staff who have an essential need to bring a car to work on a daily basis (charged at an annual rate of £135 (2007/08))

B Permit: Staff who have an essential need to bring a car to work, but not on a daily basis, because for example they work part time (staff are charged per use at a rate of 30p per half day)

C Permit: Staff who do not have an essential need to bring their car to work, but would like the option to park on an occasional basis (staff are charged at a rate of £2 per half day).

The most conveniently located car parks in the Central Area are designated for the use of A&B Permit holders only. Less conveniently located car parks are designated as C Permit car parks (note that A&B Permit holders can also use these car parks). Also note that Central Area permit holders may use their permit to park at the King’s Buildings.

IMPORTANT: If you currently have an A or B Permit for the King’s Buildings your permit cannot be used in the Central Area. If you wish to park in the Central Area you will need to re-apply. Please ensure that you do this in advance of transferring to the Informatics Forum as you must display a permit in order to park. You will be refunded for any un-expired months remaining on your King’s Buildings permit.

More detailed information is at http://www.transport.ed.ac.uk/Parking/index.shtm

Please note that a permit does not guarantee a parking space – it is merely a “licence to hunt”. Demand for parking in the Central Area is high, particularly so due to the concentration of building work currently taking place. We would therefore strongly advise wherever possible walk, cycle or use public transport.

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