Commuter Plan

Why have a Commuter Plan?

Since 1999 the estate of UCC has increased by 65,000 m2 of buildings, representing an unprecedented investment in capital development. This process is continuing with developments such as the Post Graduate Library (recently finished) and Biosciences Extension on the Main Campus, and the IT building at the former greyhound track. This level of expansion inevitably puts pressure on existing infrastructure such as car parking, as increasing numbers of students, staff and visitors access the University. Managing this demand and ensuring that the University environment and particularly that of the historic core around the Main Quadrangle, is preserved and enhanced is not an easy task and requires implementation of a sustainable commuting and access policy.

The University’s ability to respond to the continuous increase in access requirements by matching car park demand by ever increasing capacity is further restricted by the obvious planning constraints resulting from its location adjacent to the city centre, its limited land bank and the surrounding road infrastructure. A demand only approach to car parking for a total college community of 2500 staff and 16,500 students would be unsustainable.

Bearing this in mind, UCC committed itself in 2001 to cope with that increasing access demand in an environmental friendly way, in line with Cork City’s development policies. A Commuter Plan was developed for College to improve access to the campus in a sustainable way. In parallel with active car park management, alternative modes of travel, such as Park + Ride, public transport, cycling, car pooling (sharing the daily car journey) or walking, are systematically being addressed, facilitated and promoted. An essential part of the Commuter Plan was the appointment of a Commuter Plan Manager. In April 2006 Stephan Koch was appointed to this post to manage all University commuter issues on a full time basis.

Commuter Plan Manager

Stephan Koch, Dipl.-Ing.

Office of Buildings and Estates
University College Cork
Cork / Ireland

T: (021) 490 3945
F: (021) 490 3884

Stephan Koch joined the UCC Office of Buildings and Estates as Commuter Plan Manager in April 2006. He has a degree in Transport Engineering and Planning from the Technische Universität Berlin (Germany). Before coming to Ireland, he worked in the management of R&D projects primarily in the field of mobility management and public transport in the Berlin-Brandenburg region.

Further Information, Articles and Links

In this section you will find a choice of articles, presentations and useful links for further information on commuting to UCC and on transport and mobility management related topics in general.

UCC Buildings and Estates own publications / presentations:


External Links and other Documents of Interest


Cork City Council Traffic Division  offering a lange variety of information on all traffic related matters in the City, such as Black Ash Park + Ride, Car Sharing, Lift Sharing, Cycling Strategy, Parking Permits, Road Closures and Diversions etc. 

Cork Cycling Campaign   ... want to get the message out that cycling is an enjoyable,viable,healthy,practical and quick mode of transport and also to make cycling safer for all cyclists,especially for utilitarian cyclists,including children.

National TravelWise Association, UK  The TravelWise website features news and campaigns in the UK and Europe, advice for schools, individuals and businesses, and a directory of sustainable transport professionals and much more...   

Optimum2  is a European project that has as its primary aim the improvement of the accessibility of busy locations in urban areas. Started off with 10 partners and local projects in the UK and The Netherlands, OPTIMUM2 has established a European wide network of practitioneers in mobility management.

ELTIS - European Local Transport Information Service ­ Europe's portal for local transport news and events, transport measures, policies and practices implemented in cities and regions across Europe.

UCC does not take any responsibility for the content of these websites and documents.

Buildings and Estates Office

Foirgnimh agus Eastáit

Western Road, Cork