Travel Smart


Travel Plan fair with a table full of information

Edge Hill is one of the largest employers in the local area and we recognise the impact our presence has on the local transport infrastructure and our role in helping reduce congestion, noise and environmental impact.

As a result, we have developed a Travel Plan for our campus site to benefit the staff, students and wider community.
How to find us by road, rail bus and other modes of transport:

What is a Travel Plan?

For more information on our Travel Objectives & Targets read our Travel and Transport page.

Travel Plan

Travel Plan 2013-2017

The Sustainability Team has primary responsibility for implementing, monitoring and continuing the development of the Travel Plan.

Travel surveys are regularly undertaken and the results are used to analyse progress and set new targets and initiatives.   This helps to ensure all measures remain relevant and effective over time.

Download the Travel Plan.

Travel Plan – Mid Way Review

In August 2015 the university carried out a mid way review of the Travel Plan to review progress to date and refocus actions for the remainder of the plan period.

Download the Travel Plan Review 2015


Main mode of travel used by students

Student main mode of travel

Main mode of travel used by staff

Staff main mode of travel

Journey Planning

EHU272 Prospectus NewLake032It’s not always easy to know what transport options are available for your journey, particularly when making the transition from the car to other modes of transport.

Here are a selection of the best journey planners to help you plan a smooth and convenient journey.

Provider Description Website
Traveline Journey planner for bus, rail, train, tram, tube, coach and ferry services anywhere in Great Britain.
Red Planet Travel Worldwide journey planner for public transport, flights, walking and driving.
National Rail Timetable information for local and national rail services.
Cycle Streets UK-wide cycle journey planner and photomap.


EHU272 Prospectus NewLake003We all know how hard it is to fit in exercise into our busy working days but significant health benefits can be obtained by taking the right amount of physical activity. The current adult recommendation is at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity on five or more days of the week.

Our fantastic new outdoor Fitness Trail is now open. Whether you want to take a leisurely stroll at lunchtime or undertake a full endurance workout the trail offers something for everyone.

Benefits include:

  • Reduce high blood pressure
  • Prevention of Diabetes
  • Helps reduce weight
  • Mental health benefits
  • Reduces risk of falls


Helpful Advice

Planning Your Route

Google Maps can help you plan a walking route to Campus.

Alternatively, use the Google Map Pedometer to find, draw, and measure your walking route.

Further Guidance

Walking Works – a campaign run by national charity ‘Living Streets’ providing advice and encouragement to people wanting to walk for all or part of their commuting journeys.

NHS Walking for Health – walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.


bikesIf you live within 5 miles of Campus then cycling can offer a cheap, healthy and fast alternative to driving.


  • Sheffield stands and wall-mounted racks are all available for use free of charge at our Ormskirk Campus.
  • Showers are available free of charge at the new Edge Hill Sports Centre and the Faculty of Health and Social Care.

Click on the map and download a copy of the cycle facilities around the campus.Map of the EHU Cycle Facilities around the campus


BLUC logo rectangularBike Locker User Club

Cyclists who work or study at Edge Hill University may join the Bike Locker Users’ Club (BLUC) in order to store their bike in any of the BLUC lockers on campus.

To join download the Terms and Conditions [PDF] and follow the instructions.


What is BLUC?

This is Edge Hill University’s Bike Locker Users’ Club which operates across the Ormskirk campus.

How does it work?

BLUC rectangular

Why do I need to join the club?

If you want to use a bike storage locker on campus you must join the club. This is the only way to gain access to the lockers.

How do I join?

Download the Terms and Conditions [PDF], follow the link to the online store, complete the application and pay a £10 deposit.

How long is membership for?

Membership lasts until you choose to terminate.

How much does it cost?

A £10 deposit is required when you join which is refunded when you choose to give up your membership and return the BLUC key.

How do I use the lockers?

Once you have joined the club you will collect your padlock key from FM Helpdesk, Durning Centre. This will open any of the Edge Hill University padlocks that you will find on the empty lockers on campus.

Do I have my own personal bike locker?

No – you use the first available empty locker on campus. The BLUC works on a shared use system, rather like a car park.

Do I need my own padlock for the locker?

Yes – you must use your own padlock at all times when your bike is inside one of our lockers. This ensures that no one else can gain access to the locker and more importantly to your bicycle!

When do I use my own padlock?

At all times when your bike is in the locker.

When do I put the Edge Hill University padlock on?

When you have finished with the locker and you have removed your bike, you must put the Edge Hill University padlock back on the locker so that another BLUC member can use the facility when you are not using it.

Where are the lockers?

There are currently lockers located on the Western Campus behind the Faculty of Health & Social Care building and outside Sporting Edge on the Eastern Campus.

Which lockers can I use?

The Edge Hill University padlock key gives you access to any of the empty lockers in the BLUC scheme. Your padlock key will open any of the empty lockers.

What happens if I lose the Edge Hill University padlock or key?

If you lose your BLUC key you will need to purchase a replacement via the online store.
If you lose the BLUC padlock please report it to FM Helpdesk in person or call 01695 58(4455) so we can organise a replacement.

What happens if I leave my own padlock on an empty locker?

You must not do this. This stops other people from using the locker when it is empty. Edge Hill University reserves the right to remove your padlock from the locker. This will result in the withdrawal of your deposit and suspension of your membership.

Can anyone else open the locker when my bike is inside?

If your padlock is attached to the locker, this should not happen.

Who do I contact if I have a problem with the locker?

Contact the FM Helpdesk: [email protected] Tel: 01695 58(4455)

How do I terminate my BLUC membership?

If you choose to give up your membership you will need to return your BLUC key to the FM Helpdesk, Durning Centre. Once your key has been returned we will authorise the return of your deposit to the card you originally paid with (this can take several days).

Helpful Advice


The Bicycle Lounge, Ormskirk offers 10% off any purchaseTBL portrait
(does not apply to already discounted items) & 15% off any parts when Edge Hill staff or students book a bike service with them.
T: 01695 577240

MeCycle, Seaforth offer discounted pre-owned bikes that have been refurbished, cleaned and MecycleHeaderserviced.
T: 0151 9289149

Interest Free Loans

Staff can apply for an Travel to Work Loan Scheme from the University to help with the purchase of a bicycle and safety equipment.

Planning Your Route

Download cycle maps for Ormskirk and Skelmersdale, including guidance on cycle paths in the local area.

Use Cycle Streets for a UK-wide cycle journey planner and photomap.

Cycling by Train

Free, secure cycle storage at many Merseyrail and Northern line stations. Merseyrail trains have designated areas for cyclists situated at both ends of the train.  They advise against travelling with a bicycle during peak times due to congestion issues on board the train. Northern trains can carry a maximum of two bikes per train, allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Conductors maintain the right to refuse entry if the train is busy.


A number of buses connect Ormskirk to the surrounding area.

Ormskirk Bus Station

A-Z Destination finder


Helpful Advice


Arriva North West Student Saver – save more than 30% on fares and benefit from unlimited travel on Arriva buses, including evening and weekends.

Arriva North West Saver – choose from a variety of tickets including a Day Saver, Weekly Saver, 4-Weekly Saver and Annual Saver to take advantage of discounted travel.

Stagecoach Megarider – 4, 13 and 52 week saver tickets are available to purchase.  The Preston Megarider and North West Megarider Gold include travel to Ormskirk within their zones.

Staff can apply for an interest free loan from the University to help with the purchase of an annual Season Ticket.

Planning Your Route

Use the journey planning websites for help devising your route.

From Ormskirk bus station you can get to the Campus in a variety of ways:

Bus: Catch the Edge Link bus from stand 5 for a direct route to Campus.

Walk: Turn left from the station and take the first right along Knowsley Road.  Walk along Knowsley Road, across one junction, turning left slightly onto St Helens Road until you reach the Campus.  This will take around 15 minutes: Map.


Timetable Information


From Ormskirk train station there is a regular service running to and from Preston and all stations to Liverpool.


  • Season Tickets like Railpass and the student GEMPass are some of the cheapest ways to travel on the Merseyrail network.
  • Season Tickets outside the Merseyrail network are also available for seven days or any period between one month and a year.  Annual Season Tickets save you the most money with 12 weeks free travel each year.  Use the National Rail Season Ticket Calculator to compare prices.
  • Use your Season Ticket for leisure, as well as commuting, within valid purchased area.
  • Staff can apply for an interest free loan from the University to help with the purchase of an annual Season Ticket.
  • Save up to 1/3 off most rail fares with 16-25, Family & Friends and Disabled Persons Railcards.


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The Merseyrail App is available to download from the iTunes App Store and from Google Play for Android.

Liverpool Central – Ormskirk

  • Use the Merseyrail Area and Zone calculator to work out how many zones and areas your Railpass or student GEMPass should cover.
  • For off-peak travel after 9:30am there are some great value saver tickets which offer unlimited travel across the whole of the Merseyrail network.

Northern Rail

Preston – Ormskirk

Helpful Advice

Park and Ride

All Merseyrail and some Northern Line car parks are free to rail passengers.

Merseyrail have just opened 2 brand new free passenger car parks on the Wirral.  Both lines go directly to Liverpool Central & Moorfields where you can catch regular connecting trains for Ormskirk.  Save on tunnel and petrol fees, or shorten your journey time by avoiding the traffic.

  • Bidston expanded to 197 spaces
  • Birkenhead North with 256 spaces

Bike and Ride

Free, secure cycle storage at many Merseyrail and Northern line stations.

Merseyrail trains have designated areas for cyclists situated at both ends of the train.  They advise against travelling with a bicycle during peak times due to congestion issues on board the train.

Northern Rail trains can carry a maximum of two bikes per train, allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Conductors maintain the right to refuse entry if the train is busy.

Planning Your Route

Use the journey planning websites for help devising your route.

From Ormskirk train station you can get to the Ormskirk campus in a variety of ways:

Bus: From Ormskirk train station take the pedestrian walkway to Ormskirk bus station and connect with the Edge Link bus, from stand 5, for a direct route to Campus.

Walk: Turn right from the station and walk up the road you are on, Station Approach.  At the top turn left, then first right.  Walk along Stanley Street and Knowsley Road, across two junctions and turning left onto St Helens Road, until you reach the Campus.  This will take around 15 minutes: Map.

Car Sharing


Covid-19 Guidance For Car-Sharers [PDF]

Car sharing is when two or more people share their journey and travel together.

It allows people to benefit from the convenience of the car whilst saving money by reducing mileage and petrol costs, alleviating parking problems,congestion and pollution.

NEW! Reserved parking for car sharers, see details below.

If you need to find someone to share with join either the Edge Hill staff or student car share group, details below.

Staff & Student Car Share Groups

The University has created two private groups within (the UK’s largest car sharing website) specifically for members of staff and students. It enables staff and students to search for potential matches and car share more easily.

The groups are completely FREE to join and use and you don’t even need your own car. Many drivers are happy to offer a lift in exchange for a contribution to petrol costs!

Getting started

  1. Sign up online
    Join either the staff or student scheme.  Register yourself and your journey details.
  2. Activate
    Once registered you will be sent an email. Follow the link to activate your account.
  3. Search
    Search the system for a potential car share match and contact them to make arrangements to share.  If a match is not achieved your journey will be logged and you will be contacted as soon as a potential match is found. Alternatively you can opt to search for a match from the national database.
  4. Reserve a parking space
    If at least 2 people arriving in a car together both hold valid Car Parking Permits you can reserve a parking space (full details below).

If you are not eligible to use the reserved parking facility for car sharers you can still join the private groups within and car share, but you must park elsewhere on campus in accordance with your parking permit.

Reserved Parking for Car Sharers

How do I qualify for a reserved parking space?

  • At least 2 people arriving in a car together must both hold valid Car Parking Permits to reserve a parking space.
  • You must reserve your space in advance using the online booking system.
  • You must display the 2 valid Car Parking Permits in the windscreen on arrival (double permit holders available free of charge from FM Helpdesk and SCIC).
  • There must be at least 2 people in the vehicle on arrival.

How do I reserve a parking space?

  • Reserve your space on MyFM (you will need to have 2 Car Parking Permit numbers or usernames to book).
  • Arrive on campus before 10am (students via Main Entrance / staff via Visitors Entrance).
  • Provide the Car Parking Attendant with your booking confirmation number and they will direct you to your reserved space.

What else do I need to know?

  • The space will be held for you until 10am after which time it will be released for general use.
  • You must have the same 2 Car Parking Permits on display that you used to reserve the space. Double permit holders are available free of charge from the FM Helpdesk and the SCIC.
  • Spaces can be reserved up to 4pm for parking the following day and up to two weeks in advance.
  • Abuse or misuse of this facility may result in individual permit holders being excluded from using it.

Guaranteed Ride Home Scheme (Staff only)

Members of the Edge Hill staff car share group may make use of the Guaranteed Ride Home Scheme. The scheme ensures that registered staff members are able to get home in the event of an emergency or unforeseen circumstances.


Do I need a car to car share?

No, many people are happy to offer lifts in exchange for sharing the fuel costs. You can register your journey as ‘seeking a lift’ if you do not have a car or if you are ineligible for a parking permit.

Do I have to car share everyday?

No, choose to share as many days a week as you like. We recommend that you come to an agreement that works for everyone, which can change on a weekly basis.

How safe is car sharing?

All members’ details are stored securely in the database and only the members intended travel information can be accessed by other members.

We would always advise you to::

  • Avoid exchanging home addresses with you travelling companion before you meet them
  • Arrange to meet in a public place
  • Inform a friend or family member of who you will be travelling with, when and to where
  • Make sure you show each other a form of ID e.g. driving license, so you know you’re travelling with the right person

Remember you are under no obligation to go ahead with sharing a journey. If you have any doubts about your travelling companion, for any reason, you should avoid travelling with them.

What if I car share and have to leave campus suddenly?

Obviously, you need to advise your car share partner as soon as possible so they can make alternative arrangements.

The University offers staff members a Guaranteed Ride Home Scheme in emergency / unforeseen circumstances only and this is available to all registered car sharers of the Edge Hill staff car share group.

What about sharing costs?

There are various ways in which this can be done:

  1. On a reciprocal basis, where you drive one week and the next week your car share partner drives; or
  2. Drivers and passengers split the cost of petrol. Passenger contributions should be arranged before travel and should not exceed the running costs (including wear and depreciation) of the vehicle for the trip. Liftshare’s savings calculator can assist in working out an appropriate sum of money to compensate your fellow sharer(s).  Please note that drivers should not make a profit from car sharing as this can invalidate their insurance and tax. If you have any concerns please contact your insurance company direct.

What are the insurance implications of car sharing?

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) clearly states that car sharing won’t affect the insurance of their members so long as a profit isn’t made:

“Giving Lifts – All ABI motor insurers have agreed that if your passengers contribute towards your running costs your insurance will not be affected, as long as lifts are given in a vehicle seating eight passengers or less. This agreement does not apply if you make a profit from payments received or if carrying passengers is your business”

Drivers with any concerns should check with their insurance company as terms and conditions may vary between insurance providers over time.

Is it possible to find a travelling companion of the same sex?

Yes, through the advanced search you can select ‘only male’ or ‘only female’ matches.

Can I use the reserved parking spaces for car sharers?

You can reserve a car share parking space via the online booking system on MyFM provided at least two of your car share team hold valid Car Parking Permits.

Do I need a different colour permit to use reserved parking?

No, the only permit you need to reserve a parking space is your car park permit and that of your car share partner.

Parking Permit

I already know someone who I can carshare with, do I have to join a Liftshare group?

Liftshare is designed to help you find someone to share with. However, it is not a requirement of car sharing and it is not a requirement to reserve priority parking. If you are a member of staff and choose to car share but don’t register your journey on Liftshare, you will not be eligible for the Guaranteed Ride Home Scheme.

I am not eligible for a Car Parking Permit can I still car share?

If you are not eligible for a Car Parking Permit you can still join the Edge Hill staff or student car share groups on and car share but you will not be allowed to reserve a parking space (as at least two members of the team need to be eligible for a Car Parking Permit). If your partner has a valid Car Parking Permit then you are free to park elsewhere on campus in accordance with the car park policy.

If neither of you are eligible for a Car Parking Permit you may not park on campus but may choose to park in the surrounding area; please see Parking in Ormskirk for further information.

I have a question about my liftshare account.

Please see the FAQ section on the liftshare website for information on using your account.

I have a question about the reserved parking system

Please contact the FM Helpdesk (Tel: 01695 584455) in the first instance and they will be able to direct your enquiry to the relevant team.

Car Parking

Our Travel Plan encourages staff, students and visitors to travel to the University by sustainable means wherever possible. Parking on campus is limited and reserved for permit holders.

Parking Permits

We try to manage our parking spaces fairly. Only members of staff and registered students may apply for a parking permit and eligibility criteria applies based on the distance travelled and the availability of public transport.

Our Car Parking Policy includes details of the eligibility criteria for parking permits, arrangements for disabled parking and other parking facilities in Ormskirk.

If you are a student coming to study at Edge Hill for the first time you will need to formally enrol on your course and receive your student number before you can apply.

Registered staff and students may check their eligibility and apply for a parking permit online at .

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