Getting to and from Little France is easy with a variety of transportation options including excellent public transport links.
Little France is very well served by public transport with connections to the rest of the city there are over 600 buses a day travelling to the site, into the Lothian's and with other University sites including Central Area, the King's Buildings, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, and the Western General.
A number of Lothian Buses serve the Royal Infirmary. First Borders service 95/X95 and Munro's of Jedburgh services 51/52 stop at bus stops near the north entrance.
There are 5 Park & Ride sites located on the outskirts of Edinburgh providing free and secure car parking with staffed terminal buildings, CCTV and public toilets.
There are two Park & Ride sites with direct public transport access to Little France:
Sheriffhall (EH22 1FF) - Located on the A7 just north of the City By-pass/Sheriffhall junction near Danderhall and served daily by Lothian Buses 33 an 49.
Ingliston (EH28 8LS) - Just off the A8/Airport junction and served daily by the branded express Lothian Buses 12, X12 and 35 running at least every 10 minutes at peak times direct to the hospital.
E & M Horsburgh operates the staff Inter Site Shuttle Bus Service. The shuttle bus at the Little France stops and leaves from the bus terminus which is beside the Meteor pay station opposite the "Day Surgery Unit".
Buses depart every 45 minutes from Little France stopping at Kilgraston Road, Sick Kids, Lauriston Place, North Bridge (Waverley Gate) and WGH. Other 'request stops' are highlighted on the timetable.
The service is for inter site travel not travel to and from your place of work and is free to staff and students on production of their staff/student card. Students are only permitted to use this service between 09.00 and 16.00
Large numbers of staff and students cycle to Little France each day using the City's on and off road cycle path network. Cycle lanes are provided on both sides of Dalkeith Road between Cameron Toll and Little France, and an off-road cycle path connects Little France with Craigmillar and the east of the city.
Sheltered cycle parking is provided to the rear of Chancellor's Building and at the east of QMRI.
Free Dr Bike sessions are run at Little France for staff and students. At the sessions Dr Bike provides a free bicycle safety inspection and does their best to fix minor problems on the spot to any bikes brought along on the day. For problems that cannot be repaired on the spot, Dr Bike will give each bike an 'MOT' certificate to take away to a bike shop.
Motorcycle parking is available at the rear of Chancellor’s Building in a clearly designated area.
Please do not park under the Chancellor’s Building canopy (the designated bicycle parking area) as this is a serious fire risk.
A University pool car is permanently based in the car park to the rear of Chancellor's Building. It is a University branded blue Renault Megane. To use the pool car you must be registered as an Authorised Driver. To register as an Authorised Driver please contact the Transport and Parking Office by telephoning 0131 650 9101. Once you are an Authorised Driver the pool car may be booked via Outlook Calendar by selecting 'ESTATES Pool Car - Little France' and keys collected from and returned to the Chancellor's Building reception.
Parking at Little France is in very high demand and the University is supplied with a limited number of permits for staff to park within the car parks. Permits provide staff with access to the car parking facilities - they do not guarantee a space. It is not possible to provide every member of staff based at Little France with a permit to park.
Only annual permits are available and these cost £250.
If you wish to apply for a permit you should be aware that the University operates a needs based permit allocation system to ensure that those with the greatest need to park are given priority. Applicants answer a series of questions to ascertain their need for a permit. The agreed criteria contain six principles. They are (in order of importance):
Points are allocated according to the answer provided. Based on the capacity of the car parks and the number of applicants, a points threshold is determined. Applicants with points at or above the threshold will be offered a permit.
Staff without PC access: If you do not have direct access to a PC or the ability to login to MyEd please contact the Transport and Parking Office on 0131 650 9101 to obtain a paper copy of our application form.
There is very limited space for visitor parking. Please advise your visitors that if they need to park they should provide you with advance notice in order to be able to park in the Chancellor's Building or QMRI car parks using a "floating" permit, if available. Cars without permits cannot be accommodated in these car parks and therefore visitors will have no alternative but to use the Hospital's main visitor car parks, make use of the good Public Transport service or Taxi.
Parking charges for public car parks A, B & C start at £1.30 for the first hour rising to £7 for over 6 hours. Pay at Pay Station before leaving.
This article was published on Feb 15, 2013