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5 May 2011 | PR 11/49

University encourages staff to take the greener route

Loughborough University has today announced final details of its plans to encourage staff to become less reliant on their cars when travelling to and from the campus.

As part of its Car Park Management Strategy, it has outlined a new charging structure for those who wish to bring their vehicles on to campus. This is being implemented to encourage staff to use alternative means of transport wherever possible and therefore reduce the University’s transport-related carbon emissions.

From next academic year, all staff who wish to park their car on campus will be required to apply for one of two types of permit – an occasional permit, for those who park on campus fewer than three days a week, or an annual one, based on the car’s emissions.

The occasional permit will cost £1 per day.

Charges for an annual permit will range from £0, for the very lowest emissions cars, to £300 per year for the least efficient vehicles. Most staff will also be eligible to opt into a CarParkingMax, a salary sacrifice scheme which allows staff to reduce the Net cost of the permit.

Disabled staff who have a Blue Badge will be able to park on campus for free.

Visitors will also be able to park free of charge.

“We have opted for an emissions-based policy, rather than one based on people’s salary, as that was considered to best reflect the University’s commitment to sustainability,” explains Andrew Burgess, Director of Facilities Management at the University. “From 2013, all universities will have to provide regular reports to the Higher Education Funding Council on their transport-related carbon emissions, and this is part of Loughborough’s groundwork for this.”

The University shared its initial plans for car parking management with the trades unions, and as a result of their feedback it made a number of changes.

“We have reduced the costs in each of the two lowest priced bands by £20 a year, and have agreed to maintain parking charges at their current rate for lower-earning staff,” says Andrew.

“Full-time staff currently pay just 19p a day to park at the University and this rate has remained unchanged for the last four years. Under the revised structure, the most staff will pay will be 95p a day. Even with the increase, this is still considerably less than people would have to pay to park elsewhere, such as in the town centre car parks.”

All the income generated from the new parking charges will be invested into initiatives that improve travel and transport on the campus. The University will be able to improve its facilities for cyclists even further, with more bike racks and storage, and increased shower and drying room facilities. The frequency of the cross-campus bus service will be increased, and there are also plans to install free electrical charging points for low-emission vehicles.

Anna Seddon, who works in the University’s Marketing and Communications Office, is already taking advantage of the provision for cyclists.

She says: “I often used to drive to work, but I decided to switch to using my bike more when the University introduced the Cycle to Work scheme. Through this you can lease a bike for 18 months and then have the option to buy it for a small fee, making a significant saving on the recommended retail price.

“It’s great that the University is investing in good facilities for cyclists. The bike sheds, personal lockers and showers are a great incentive to ditch the car.”

The Car Park Management Strategy is an integral part of the University’s overall five-year Travel Plan. This was updated last year and incorporated the results of the 2010 travel survey, which was undertaken to find out more about how staff get to the campus, why they choose this mode of travel and, importantly, what the University can do to encourage and support healthier, more sustainable travel.

An update to the Travel Plan was also recommended by Charnwood Borough Council’s Scrutiny Panel on university entrances and parking policies. In addition it is a requirement of the planning permission for the East Park Design Centre.

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Media enquiries:

Jo Hasbury, the University’s Sustainability Manager, is available for interview. Please contact Hannah Baldwin, Head of PR, T: 01509 222239, E: H.E.Baldwin@lboro.ac.uk

Notes for editors:

Cost of an annual permit for staff on Grades 3 and above.

 

 

CO2 emissions (g/km)

Car parking charge per year (for staff on Grades 3 and above)

Full charge

Charge if you opt into CarParkingMax and you pay 20% tax and 10.40% National Insurance

Charge if you opt into CarParkingMax and you pay 40% tax and 2% National Insurance

Less than 100

£0

£0

£0

100 –139

£120

£83.52

£69.60

140 – 179

£160

£111.36

£92.80

180 – 220

£250

£174

£145

More than 220

£300

£208.80

£174

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