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Penryn Campus Car Parking Policy changes

21 May 2018

Falmouth University and the University of Exeter are committed to continuing to improve our environmental and sustainability performance.  A range of initiatives are being taken forward to increase the speed at which we make improvements.

With specific regard to car use we also have an obligation and a commitment, as part of Cornwall’s Green Travel Plan and the requirements of planning conditions, to ensure that staff, students and visitors shift from using cars as their main way of travelling to our campuses. The policies in place to achieve this are not set in isolation, but form part of wider strategic planning and transport initiatives across Cornwall and our own immediate communities.

The success of these policies to date is highly visible. The investment in the bus services between Truro, Falmouth and Penryn has made the route by far the best served in Cornwall. The buses are frequent, busy and very high quality. We have a range of great sustainable travel options, including subsidised buses between Penryn Campus and Falmouth (£1 each way) and the significantly discounted Fal Mussel Card Uni which offers unlimited bus travel anywhere in Cornwall as well as some train and ferry travel.

As a result, there has been a measurable positive impact on the way our staff and students travel to and between our towns and campuses. The use of money raised through car parking to subsidise these services has been applauded. Whilst the success of this investment is recognised and established, we must continue to develop these plans to encourage more people to think about how they travel.

Further investment is required to extend the range and routes of suitable sustainable travel options. At the same time, we must continue to actively discourage car use as part of our desire, and obligation, to become greener.

Current parking prices at the Penryn Campus mean it is often a considerably cheaper option than using public transport or other sustainable means of travel. 

As part of this commitment to become a more environmentally sustainable campus, we have updated our Penryn Campus Car Parking Policy and pricing with effect from 1 September 2018.

The main points in our new policy are:

  • Car parking will remain free for up to one hour.
  • One to two hours will cost £2 and after that parking will cost £1 an hour, up to a daily maximum of £8.
  • The time when there is no charge for parking (overnight and weekends) will be increased by two hours every weekday.  From 1 September it will still be free to park all day at weekends, as it is now.  Additionally it will be free to park from 5pm until 9am on weekdays (previously 6pm to 8am).
  • Weekly car parking permits will no longer be available.

For those eligible for parking permits, there will be the usual, annual increase of 5% for 2018/19. However, we have decided to freeze the cost for the lowest staff band and for students so they will remain at 2017/18 prices.

All money generated from car parking at Penryn Campus is reinvested into supporting sustainable travel options.

Permits remain available for Blue Badge Holders, those with a temporary disablement, certain caring responsibilities and others with qualifying special circumstances. A permit can be applied for via the car parking portal or in person at Penryn Security Reception and we encourage you to get in touch so we can consider your application.

Future changes to Environmentally Friendly Vehicle Permits.

Following on from these policy changes, from 1 September 2019, only electric cars will be eligible for a reduced fee, Environmentally Friendly Vehicle Permit. This will not include hybrid cars in line with government policy to discourage the use of hybrid cards in favour of less polluting electric vehicles.

For more detail about travel and transport, including a link to download the Penryn Campus Car Parking Policy 2018/19 see: http://www.fxplus.ac.uk/our-services/travel-transport/parking-campus

To apply for a Car Parking Permit or check your eligibility, see: http://www.fxplus.ac.uk/our-services/travel-transport/parking-campus/parking-permits

If you have any questions please email: carparking@fxplus.ac.uk