All Routes Lead to Derby College

Derby College is closer than you think. We are easy to reach, with central campuses in Derby and Derbyshire all served by good public transport links.

Underpass Route to College Update, September 2020

In line with previous updates, please be aware that students should no longer be using any Train Station Bridge Passes (paper or plastic) issued before this current academic year (2020/21).

Please can all purple EMR plastic passes issued during 2019/20 be handed in at the Station as soon as possible. These passes remain the property of East Midlands Railway, as stated in the Code of Conduct signed by all students before receiving their card. These cards will be deactivated this week and will no longer work.

PLEASE NOTE: all white “DCG Accessibility Train Station Bridge Passes” are not affected by this update and this process remains in place for eligible students and staff who still need to access the bridge.”

To add further clarity to our statements and advice regarding usage of the Derby Station Bridge, any student or employee travelling to College by train will not be affected by the restricted access to the bridge. Those travelling by train are East Midlands Railway customers and therefore will be able to use the bridge to enter and exit the station during their journey to and from College. Please note however, that entry and exit by ticket in this way is only be permissible whilst accessing train services. At all other times restrictions will apply, unless the student or employee is eligible for an accessibility pass. In response to the building works and social-distancing measures at Derby Train Station which have caused us to look at the underpass route as an alternative route from Railway Terrace to the College, I can now update you of the improvements and developments that have taken place during August:

  • The council have replaced lighting in the underpass to include two anti-vandal lights so that the area can remain lit
  • The Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) who are responsible for the city-side of the train station have agreed to patrol the area at key times to show a presence and support anyone who requires it
  • The PCSOs for the Pride Park side will also have a presence whenever possible, and The council are working on reinstating and improving the CCTV in the area (both on Railway Terrace and beneath the underpass).

This level of engagement from the Police and the council in a very short period-of-time since we were informed of the restriction of usage of the train station bridge is encouraging and will already have increased the safety of people using this route. This will hopefully, in turn, reduce the anxiety of employees and students using the underpass as a main route to College from the city-centre.

We are grateful to the PCSOs and Council for their commitment and swift efforts in improving our local area and improving the safety of all. Applications for an accessibility pass are still open. These passes are for anyone (student or employee) with an inclusion need who will not able to use the underpass and do not have a viable alternative route to College. To start your application, please contact Pete Benyon at

If you do not believe you meet the above criteria but wish to discuss your needs, please contact Pete using the above email address. During this difficult and complicated period, we will continue to work with the Police, the council and the train station to make improvements to the route into College from the city centre and support everyone to feel safe.

Plan your journey

We want you to get to College as easily, conveniently and cheaply as possible. We’ll help you find the best transport option – whether it’s cycling, using a motorcycle or moped, taking the train, catching a bus or walking.

Learner Services provides the latest information on travel deals and discounts to help you save time and money, plus advice on journey planning and opportunities such as cycle training and moped loans.


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Public Transport

Our city-centre campuses are all easily accessible by public transport and we provide a reasonably priced bus service at the beginning and end of the College day between the main campuses and serving locations on these routes. For other cost-effective journeys, you can check out cut-price travel options such as:

b_line card

If you are 16 to 18-years-old, resident in Derbyshire and studying full time, this pass enables you to buy bus and train tickets at a discounted rate of up to 25%.Visit

Mango card

If you travel by trentbarton Buses, a rechargeable Mango card may reduce your travel costs by up to 15%.


Other discount cards

Other bus discount schemes include:

Nottinghamshire learners

If you live in Nottinghamshire, are under the age of 19 and are in full-time education, you may be eligible for financial support towards your travel costs to College. See: learning/schools/schooltravel/post- 16-travel-assistance


Those who live close to a station may find rail is the perfect way of getting to College campuses in the city.

16-17 railcard

If you’re aged 16 or 17, you can now enjoy 50% off standard Anytime, Off-Peak, Advance and Season tickets, helping you save money on trips into town, days out to the coast, travel to college or weekend festivals – as many times as you like. Visit: 16 - 17 Saver

16-25 railcard

A 16-25 railcard currently costs just £30 per year, and you can save an additional 11% when using your NUS extra card at the time of purchase. Additionally, three-year 16-25 railcards are priced at just £70 (though there is no NUS reduction on these). Visit: 16 - 25 Railcard


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If you live within five miles of your campus, you can cycle there in about 30 minutes. We have invested in up-to-date cycle facilities. The Roundhouse, Johnson Building, Hudson Building, Joseph Wright Centre and Broomfield Hall all have designated cycle parking areas which are secure and free to use.


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Most campuses are accessible on foot, especially the city-centre sites. If you live within a two-mile distance of your campus, you could walk there in less than 30 minutes – helping you to keep fit and healthy for free too.

Various walking route planning tools are available online free of charge or can be provided to suit your individual needs as part of the College’s personalised transport plan service.


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While we would encourage you to choose more environment-friendly forms of transport, all campuses in the city and Ilkeston are located close to public car parks and there is plenty of free parking at Broomfield Hall. Don’t forget that car sharing with friends might be an ideal way to reduce the costs of fuel and parking.

For learners using motorbikes and mopeds, there is designated secure and free parking at all campuses.


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