A Londoner’s guide to: Travel
In this series of blogs, get a Londoner’s guide to every element of the London experience. Each week, our lovely team in London give their advice on a different topic – this week we’re focusing on: travel!
The Here East shuttle bus
Did you know: a free shuttle bus service connects Here East (where our campus is situated) to all major transport stations in Stratford, London!
The service is available to anyone travelling to and from Here East, and runs every 5 minutes from 7am until 11pm, Monday to Friday, and every 15 minutes from 9am until 6pm on Saturdays. The bus operates from Stratford International bus stop E and Stratford City bus stop X, and will take approximately 5 minutes to reach Here East (Bus stop in The Yard). The buses are clearly marked ‘Here East’. Once you arrive at the bus stop in the Yard, head to entrance A to find Loughborough University London.
All full-time postgraduate students aged 18 and over may be eligible for a Student Oyster photocard, giving a 30% travel discount on most Transport for London services. For help and information regarding the Student Oyster photocard, you can speak to the Student Support team. For more information about the Oyster card set up and management services, check out the Visit London website.
Walking can be a quick and easy way to get around, particularly when travelling during the busiest times on the Tube (which are 05:45-08:15 and 16:00-17:30 Monday to Friday). That’s why the TFL have developed the walking tube map to show how much time it takes to walk between stations on the same line.
Travel etiquette in London
As you may already know, London commuters have a bit of a reputation for going everywhere in a hurry! Make sure to stand on the right-hand side on the escalators, so that the left-hand side can be used by those who are in a rush. Also ensure you allow travellers to vacate trains/ buses before you begin to board.
The citymapper app is a must have for life in London!
Citymapper is a transport app that gets you where you need to go providing you with all the transport options in real time. It integrates data for all urban modes of transport, including walking, cycling and driving, in addition to public transport. Visit the Citymapper website to download the citymapper app either on Iphone or android.
London has a well-developed public transport system, which often offers the quickest and cheapest way to get around.
However, if you really want to drive – avoid driving between 2pm-6pm on Fridays! This is a peak time for traffic particularly as those who commute to London for work who are travelling back to their neighbouring cities/ towns for the weekend.
The congestion charge – The London congestion charge is a fee charged on most cars and motor vehicles being driven within the Congestion Charge Zone in Central London between 7:00am-10:00pm seven days a week. Zones are clearly marked with a big red ‘C’ and double red lines along the curb. There’s also the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) charge to be aware of. To help improve air quality, an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year, except on Christmas Day, within the same area of central London as the Congestion Charge. Most vehicles, including cars and vans, need to meet the ULEZ emissions standards or their drivers must pay a daily charge to drive within the zone. Find out if your vehicle meets the current emissions standards required for the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and/or the Low Emission Zone (LEZ).
Also be mindful of where you can park your car – few acccommodation options provide car parking facilities.