Canterbury Connected Routes
Canterbury Connected Routes is a joint project between the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University in collaboration with various partners, agencies, stakeholders and commercial organisations.
The Connected Routes initiative aims to encourage students to travel along specific roads and footpaths between the two University campuses and in Canterbury city centre. Along these routes there is generally better street lighting; increased CCTV coverage (although not continuous coverage); higher patrolling regimes which at times can include Street Marshals, Street Pastors, BID Ambassadors, CCC traffic enforcement, private security for premises, campus security teams, the Police etc. (dependent upon geographic locations and timings). There are also refuge points along the route where students can go for help and advice if they are feeling unsafe or in danger.
If you see any street lights on lamp-posts not working off-campus on the Connected Routes (or elsewhere), these can be reported by going to https://www.kent.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/what-we-look-after/street-lights.
If you see any street lights on lamp-posts not working on-campus, these can be reported to Estates Customer Services by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 01227 816666 between 08:00 and 17:00 from Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours, you can contact Campus Security by emailing email@example.com or by phoning on 01227 823300.
The Connected Route has also been added to the SafeZone geofenced areas of both Universities. Students can therefore activate the emergency button to alert the respective University security team of an issue if they are feeling unsafe or in danger or if there is an emergency incident. The video below explains how to opt in and start using it.
Safety advice and help
Below is a list of helpful resources for staying safe.