Purple Fest 2019 - Service Interruptions

Western supports the University Students’ Council’s (USC) programming called Purple Fest. The event takes place on Saturday, September 28, 2019 in TD Stadium from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is expected to draw thousands of students.

To assist with student and pedestrian safety before and after the event, University Drive, the University Bridge and sections of Lambton Drive, Huron Drive, Middlesex Drive and Philip Aziz Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic on September 28 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Roadways remain open to pedestrians and cyclists.

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Students writing exams are being asked to take special note of a number of building and parking lot closures:

Building Closures: Several buildings will be locked on September 28, including Talbot College, Music Building, FIMS and Nursing Building, Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building and the International and Graduate Affairs Building (IGAB). All other buildings will be in their normal weekend mode of operation, including the libraries and Recreation Centre. NOTE: There will be an increased security presence on campus.

Parking on Campus: Several campus parking lots will also be affected. Huron Flats, South Valley, Medway and Talbot parking lots will be closed to vehicular traffic. Drivers are encouraged to park in other lots where gates will be open.

London Transit: During the bridge and campus road closures, London Transit Commission (LTC) will be detouring buses away from Western’s campus. Expect delays and schedule changes. For updates, visit: www.londontransit.ca/news-service-updates/

Taxi and ride sharing: Due to campus road closures, students are encouraged to use Althouse College as an on-campus taxi and ride share vehicle pickup location.

Driving to campus: If possible, members of the campus and broader London community should avoid the TD Stadium when travelling to and around Western’s campus on September 28.

Accessibility: Students, faculty and staff with mobility limitations should contact Accessibility Services at accessibility@uwo.ca or 519-661-2111, extension 85501. For Student Accessibility Services please call 519-661-2147 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) to arrange for assistance. Students currently using the Western Accessible Transportation Service (WATS) there is no change in your service. https://accessibility.uwo.ca/

We will continue to provide updates as they become available via Western’s social media accounts and on this website.

Western’s priority is the safety of our campus community and we appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.