Northern Ireland

Students in University of Ulster campus parking issue

Students at the University of Ulster's Coleraine campus have raised concerns over parking at the university.

They have said that some students are missing lectures because they cannot find a parking space in time.

In a statement, the university said: "We are aware of current concerns at Coleraine, and will act to minimise any difficulties where appropriate."

Adrian Kelly, president of the students union at the university, said that "public transport is not always the best option for people".

He said one of the issues was the length of time it was taking some students to find a parking space.

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Mr Kelly said: "The majority of the students are happy to come on campus and to pay the fee for staying whatever length of time."

He said it was not just an issue faced by students but that it also affected other members of staff the university.

In a statement, the university said: "The university constantly monitors car parking and traffic flows at all its campuses.

"We are aware of current concerns at Coleraine, and will act to minimise any difficulties where appropriate.

"The university encourages staff and students to make full use of public transport where available (both bus and rail serve the Coleraine campus).

"We also endorse and support car sharing initiatives, and provide an online software tool (LiftShare) to help students and staff organise shared journeys."

Mr Kelly said the online car pool option was highlighted at a meeting with the university on Thursday.

He said he hoped this could help to alleviate the issue.

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