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Important campus information for January: updates on parking

If you are returning from a break away from the campus during the festive season, you will notice a few changes as we go in to 2018.

Tree and shrub clearance has been completed in the Science and East Slope car park as part of our East Slope residences and new science building projects. Additionally, the roadworks causing long-standing diversions on Refectory Road are nearing completion; this is good news, especially for drivers.

However, January to April will see a period of further improvement works which may cause some inconvenience to staff and students on campus. The work will also continue to place pressure on campus parking.

Many of these essential works are to support our campus developments, including enabling works that are required before we begin construction of our state-of-the-art new science building.

The Estates team is working closely with all contractors on campus to minimise disruption. Nevertheless, staff and students may be impacted by the following activities.

Re-opening of the upper part of the Arts Road car park (P7), which had been planned for 8 January, has been unavoidably delayed. We will provide a further update on this.

Starting in January 2018, preparatory work for our new Science building will begin in and around the Science car park (P1). Around 100 parking spaces will be taken out of use indefinitely in this car park, and the road leading to Science car park from Boiler House Hill will be closed. Vehicle access to Science car park will be available only via Science Park Road. Pedestrian routes to the adjacent buildings will be maintained, as well as access for deliveries, and emergency vehicles.

Excavation work will commence in January to create a new car park behind the CISC and SHORE-C buildings, adjacent to the Eastern Ring Road. This will be completed in April, providing an additional 60 spaces. Simultaneously in the vicinity, further work will also provide new pedestrian and emergency vehicle entrances to the CISC and SHORE-C buildings. This may cause some temporary diversions on adjacent roads and footpaths.

Also beginning in January, roadworks will be in place along Southern Ring Road while work is done on cabling to strengthen our IT infrastructure. From January until April, part of the anti-clockwise lane of Southern Ring Road will be closed, with traffic lights in place to manage the single-lane access. Pedestrians are asked to use alternative pedestrian routes, and diversions will be clearly signposted.

These are essential works and the understanding and patience of the university community is greatly appreciated during this time.

To raise any questions or concerns, contact the SEF Service Centre, which operates a 24-hour service, on extension 7777 (external: 01273 877777) or email

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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex and SEF
Last updated: Friday, 5 January 2018


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