Safe travel to Harrogate College

We want everyone to get to college safely. Covid-19 means we all need to take more care when we travel, but this doesn’t mean we can’t choose healthy, affordable or eco-friendly travel choices.

We’re working with Open Harrogate, a North Yorkshire County Council project, to help get our students and staff travelling more actively and sustainably, whilst creating a travel plan for the college through Modeshift STARS.

The government’s Covid-19 guidelines for safe travel can be found here and there are FAQs for outbreaks here.

We’ve summarised the main transport choices you have below.

Walking

Stretch your legs with a pretty walk over the famous Stray!

As the NHS reminds us, walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, keep fit and become healthier. If you’re walking to work, make sure you wear comfy shoes and to change these once you arrive. Just 10 minutes a day has plenty of health benefits.

Make sure you plan your route (using Google Maps or a similar platform). You could also try the Active 10 app to track the walking you’re already doing (alongside your progress), as you build it into your routine. There are also pedometer apps, where you can set daily step targets. If you walk briskly then it counts as exercise! The route has blue signs (cycling way-markers) which you can use to help find your way.

Walking is an enjoyable way to travel and will leave you feeling alert, give you time to chat to friends and make you feel good. If you’re within walking distance of college, you’ll save money too. Please remember to maintain a social distance of two metres as you walk.

If you take the bus or train into Harrogate, our campus is a 25 minute walk. You can also walk from Hornbeam Park Station in two minutes.

Cycling

Cycling is a great way to bring exercise into your routine. It has mental and physical health benefits, zero carbon footprint and it’s another money saver.

There are multiple routes to cycle to Harrogate College which are highlighted in the ‘Active Travel Harrogate Map’ below and we encourage our staff, students and visitors to cycle where possible to help reduce congestion and pollution near the college.

The cycling route to/from Harrogate town centre, via the Stray, should take around 10 minutes or less. It’s even way-marked with blue signs to help you find your way!

The bike shelter at the college is reached via the main car park entrance (as shown on our own travel map) at the end of a marked cycle lane. Showers are available at the college.

Your safety and security is important when cycling, so please:

  • always wear a helmet
  • use bike lights and reflectors
  • wear high visibility clothes if possible (black cycling shorts/tops may look cool, but make you difficult to see in the dark – try to avoid these)
  • always bring locks to keep your bike secure.
  • always use the ‘Toucan’ crossings where the routes cross busy roads, and wait for the green signal to cross.
  • where there are ‘Cyclists Dismount’ signs, dismount and walk the short distance involved.
  • In wet weather, off-road paths especially may be slippery, e.g. with wet leaves. Take extra care and, if necessary, avoid using these paths in poor conditions.
  • where paths are shared with pedestrians, cyclists must give priority to pedestrians.

On average, commuters who drive spend an average of £1,932 and add 1204kg of CO2 to our air each year. Commuters who take public transport also spend an average of £1,117 each year. You can do your bit for the planet by cycling.

If you’re a staff member, we have a Cycle to Work scheme. Please contact HR to discuss this.

Bus

Taking the bus to college is practical for many of us, but with Covid-19 measures in place we need to follow safety measures.

If you take the bus, please:

  • wear a face covering on board – it’s the law
  • maintain social distancing (there is no standing and seats have been cordoned off)
  • use e-tickets or exact change where possible
  • remain seated until the bus stops
  • remember that seat numbers are reduced and this might make your commute time longer.

The bus station is fully open, including its ticket office and shops. Harrogate College is served by an extensive public bus network, here are just a few examples of how you can get to us:

Route 36 runs from Ripon, Harrogate or Leeds to Oatlands Corner (Leeds Road), which is approximately a 10-minute walk from the college.

The routes listed are not exhaustive and other routes are available; however these may include multiple service transfers. For further information on routes and times see:

Some companies are also using seat finder tools online or through apps. Take advantage of these if you can.

Train

The train is a great way to reach Harrogate. Hornbeam Park Station is the closest and is only a couple of minutes’ walk away. Remember to follow Covid-19 safety measures on board.

There are direct train services to Hornbeam Park Railway Station from Harrogate, Leeds, Knaresborough and York. National Rail offers a journey planner.

Many students are entitled to apply for a 16-17 saver railcard offering 50% off most rail fares or a 16-25 or 26-30 railcard offering 1/3 off most rail fares. A similar Disabled Persons Railcard is also available. See the Railcard website for more information.

If you take the train, please:

  • wear a face covering on board and in the station – it’s the law
  • maintain social distancing of one metre at all times
  • use e-tickets where possible and buy in advance to reduce face-to-face contact.

Capacity has been reduced on all services and there is no standing allowed on board. Please allow extra time in case you can’t board your intended service. Catering services are not running on the majority of services, but station facilities are open.

The train stations are open, but social distancing measures are in place and face coverings must be worn. Please follow the one way systems.

Some companies are running seat finder tools online or through apps. Take advantage of these if you can.

Download the PDF of Harrogate College Travel Leaflet here. Printed copies and an enlarged version of the map are also available at the college reception.

Download the PDF of Active Travel Harrogate Map here.

Car

Covid-19 measures need following if you’re sharing a car. Please remember that it is the law to wear a face covering in a taxi and that car sharing is the leading cause of cases in West Yorkshire at the moment. 

Try to avoid car journeys with people from different households or bubbles. If you do, open your windows for ventilation and wear a mask.

If you’re a student, there is car parking space, but you’ll need to apply for a permit.

Car Share

Car sharing is a great way to travel when no alternative option is available. Not only will it save you money and help the planet, but it will also help ease congestion around the college and create a safer environment. We encourage staff, parents and visitors to car share wherever possible to reduce single-occupancy car use.

To find a car share partner, sign up to Harrogate’s dedicated Liftshare scheme: Harrogate Car Share.

Harrogate Car Share

For information on financial assistance with travel, please either visit our financial assistance page.

Other useful information:

Open Harrogate – a specialised website designed to provide all the information you need to travel sustainably in and around Harrogate and Knaresborough. With its own journey planning tool, you’ll be able to make that trip easily, just visit the Open Harrogate website for more information.

Wheels to Work – ‘Wheels 2 Work’ is a scheme which provides affordable transport to individuals who are unable to access public or private transport for employment, and in some cases training and/or education. Mostly this is either mopeds or scooters, but some schemes can also offer bicycles or other transport solutions. To find out if you can benefit, visit the Wheels 2 Work website.