University Travel Plan hailed 'best in City' after record results

Posted by sll33 at Jan 23, 2013 11:21 AM |
The University Travel Survey showed the success of our Travel Plan initiatives in reducing single occupancy drivers to our sites from 49% in 2009 to 38%


The University Travel Survey (completed by over 43% of staff and hundreds of students) showed the success of our Travel Plan initiatives in reducing single occupancy drivers to our sites, which has now come down to 38% from 49% in 2009. This exceeds the Travel Plan target and puts the University in a great position to meet the target of a 15% reduction by 2015.

The main shift is in both walking and cycling, which is probably due to factors including fuel price increases, denying permits to staff that live close to our sites, the introduction of flexi permits to encourage cycling and the opening of the underground bike park in the centre of Main Campus.
Train use has also increased despite fare increases. The offer of a 10% discount on annual season tickets has been popular, although there are still many requests for assistance in purchasing these. Work is on-going to source a credit company to facilitate this.

Staff and students were also asked what would encourage them to walk, cycle, use public transport and car share as an alternative to driving.

The most popular responses were to improve local street lighting, improved cycle routes in the city, cycle hire, discounted bus tickets with more frequent and direct routes to Campus.
The University will continue to invest in the Travel Plan initiatives but the results demonstrate that the most important factors are outside of the University’s control and require us to work with the Councils to encourage them to improve accessibility to our sites, despite us being located outside of the Fit4Business investment zone.

Dr Ian Taylor from Media and Communications won the travel survey prize draw of £100 Highcross gift card towards his Christmas shopping.

The 2011/12 Travel Plan report has been approved by Leicester City Council.

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