17 May 2016
Travel Plan success
Significant progress has been made against the targets of the University Travel Plan analysis of responses to the latest travel survey has revealed.
The University’s green travel plan sets out to encourage ‘active’ travel, reduce the number of single occupancy vehicle journeys and reduce travel related carbon emissions. It provides a guideline of actions at the University over a five year period. The University has had a plan in place since 2006 and the current version is based on the results of staff and student travel surveys carried out in 2010.
The most recent survey of staff and students was carried out in 2015 and they key results include:
- 10% shift towards sustainable travel among staff
- A reduction in the amount of single occupancy vehicles (SOV) coming on to campus
- A 4.5% increase in the proportion of staff cycling as their main mode of travel
- A rise in the use of electric vehicles
- An 11% increase in the use of occasional car users – more staff are using sustainable transport some of the time
- A 707% increase in the number of vehicles in the 100 emissions band
Following completion of the travel survey the Sustainability team has been busy working to examine closely the comments of staff and students and consult with key groups across campus so that the Travel Plan can be updated. This process is nearing completion and the new Travel Plan will focus on:
- Continued investment in facilities and provision for walkers and cyclists on campus
- A package of offers and benefits associated with sustainable travel from companies such as Halfords, East Midlands Trains, Arriva and Nissan
- Improvements to the road infrastructure
- Changes to the arrangements for the management of car parking on campus
The changes to the car park management system reflect key areas discussed during the consultation process. They include:
- A reclassification of the emissions bands to reflect the bands used by the DVLA
- Concessions for part time workers
- Changes to the way charges will increase over time – in future changes will reflect any pay increase percentage
Further information about the Travel Plan, the offers available for sustainable travel and the proposed new arrangements for car parking is available here. More information will be provided in due course about the introduction of the new car parking arrangements.