UOW calls on students, staff to consider public transport
Traffic delays expected for start of 2018 Autumn session.
The University of Wollongong (UOW) is calling on staff and students to consider alternatives to driving when planning their travel to the Wollongong campus over the first few weeks of session, which commences next Monday (26 February).
The University will be closely monitoring bus patronage and providing additional UOW buses during morning and afternoon peak periods when required. Additional UOW traffic controllers and security staff will also be on hand to ensure smooth traffic flow around campus and to assist new students who may not be familiar with the University grounds.
More than 800 bike racks are available for use throughout the campus and the University's free carpool parking will be available to staff, students and visitors travelling to campus with three or more people in the car.
UOW Chief Administrative Officer, Ms Melva Crouch CSM, said the University is working with NSW RMS to reduce traffic and provide safer conditions for all road users living near and travelling to UOW's Wollongong campus.
"Roads and Maritime Services are implementing short-term traffic management measures in the interests of safety," Ms Crouch said.
"We are doing our part by providing additional UOW bus services as required and encouraging active transport and carpooling."
NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) will be managing traffic congestion around the University during the start of the academic year to improve safety for all road users, with temporary traffic changes being implemented during peak periods.
RMS will be monitoring traffic queues and when required during peak periods, traffic travelling southbound on the M1 will be diverted onto an alternative Western Access route. Traffic controllers will divert all westbound traffic on University Avenue left into Irvine Street, to access the University via Murphys Avenue and Robsons Road.
Peak period diversions may be implemented between 8.15am and 8.45am from Tuesday to Thursday for up to the first six weeks of session.
"Traffic generally settles down after the first few weeks of session. In the meantime, we are urging staff and students to consider public transport, carpooling or active transport such as cycling or walking to minimise congestion," Ms Crouch said.
"Parking is always at a premium on campus during session, particularly during the first few weeks with new students and new schedules.
"By using public transport or sharing the drive with friends, you reduce your carbon footprint, help alleviate congestion, avoid parking costs and improve road safety."
More information about NSW RMS' planned traffic management activities can be found at rms.work/uowtm.
For more information on how to get to UOW, visit https://www.uow.edu.au/transport/index.html.