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Ian Murdey joins Go Travel Solutions as Project Manager

Ian MurdeyWill focus on developing and delivering sustainable travel programmes for private, public and 3rd sector organisations in the UK

Go Travel Solutions has appointed Dr Ian Murdey as its new Project Manager, based at the company’s Midlands office in Leicester. 

In his new role, Ian Murdey will focus on developing and delivering sustainable travel programmes for private, public and 3rd sector organisations in the UK. With his recent experience as a leading transport co-ordinator with De Montfort University, he will initially help Go Travel Solutions to develop its services to meet the travel planning requirements of higher and further education providers.  

Travel Planning for Staff and Students at University of Leicester

Project Manager

 

Robin Pointon

 

Project Client

 

University of Leicester

 

Nature of Business

The University of Leicester is led by discovery and innovation – an international centre for excellence renowned for research, teaching and broadening access to higher education. The University of Leicester is ranked among the top one per cent of universities in the world by the THE World University Rankings and also among the top 100 leading international universities in the world. It is among the top 25 universities in the Times Higher Education REF Research Power rankings with 75% of research adjudged to be internationally excellent with wide-ranging impacts on society, health, culture, and the environment.

 

Challenge

What was the primary challenge or set of challenges facing the client? What was the business case for change?

Identifying changes over the last five years in travel behaviour and making recommendations on how the University and other key transport stakeholders could further reduce car use and carbon emissions going forward. 

 

What special value did Go Travel Solutions bring?

Go Travel Solutions is a long-term partner with the University of Leicester. The University was one of the first members to sign up to Smartgo Leicester, offering workplaces with a range of travel discounts. Go Travel Solutions brought to the project both local and national knowledge on sustainable travel and skills in scope 3 measuring. 

 

Solutions 

 

How the client identified a potential solution, why they chose to work with Go Travel Solutions and what solution was delivered. How did this solution address the challenge?

The review of the University of Leicester Travel Plan was conducted by Go Travel Solutions. It included a University-wide staff and student survey, carbon calculations, GIS mapping of postcode data for bus, walk and cycle routes and advice on data capture.

 

Benefits

The review revealed that the numbers of staff and students driving alone has dramatically reduced (from 49 per cent in 2010 to 37 per cent in 2015 for staff and from 9 per cent in 2010 to 5 per cent in 2015 for students). In addition, staff walking to campus has increased from 16 per cent to 21 per cent and students walking is up from 56 per cent to 62 per cent over the same time period.

 

 

This data will be used to shape and influence future travel plans and initiatives at the University of Leicester including encouraging greater use of sustainable forms of travel for staff and students. Based on the survey data gathered for the Travel Plan review, the report includes 30 calls to action for the University, local authority and public transport operators, focused on reducing car use and carbon emissions. 

 

The Travel Survey highlighted the potential for greater use of sustainable travel by staff and students with over 100 staff, who are existing single car drivers, expressing a willingness to travel more sustainably to work, for example. 

 

 

Client testimonial

 

Sandra Lee, Sustainability Officer at the University of Leicester said: “We used Go Travel Solutions to carry out a thorough staff and student travel survey to inform the next phase of our travel plan. We threw everything at them – tough timescales, last minute meetings, a hard to reach audience, tight budget and a demanding brief – and they delivered everything we needed and more.

 

“We are never disappointed when working with Robin and his team and would recommend them to anyone who needs to leave their project in capable hands whilst they go and fight fires elsewhere. You’ll get more than you bargained for (in a good way!).”

 

 

Ian Murdey | Project Manager

Ian is based at Go Travel Solutions' office in Leicester, focusing on developing and delivering sustainable travel programmes for private, public and 3rd sector organisations in the UK. He also helps the company to develop its services to meet the travel planning requirements of higher and further education providers.   

Prior to joining Go Travel Solutions, Ian Murdey was the Transport Co-ordinator at De Montfort University for almost 10 years. Whilst in post, he helped the University to achieve major decreases in single occupancy car usage, as well as increasing the number of staff cyclists to almost four times the national average.

In his spare time, Ian is a keen distance runner, ranging from park runs up to marathons and ultra-marathons. He’s waiting for the day when his children start to catch him up! 

Get in touch with Ian on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Halfords offers 10% discount to members of Smartgo Travel Networks across the UK

New, exclusive offer for Smartgo member employers and their 98,000 employees as Halfords are offering a 10% discount on Halfords gift vouchers redeemable on over 10,000 cycling and non-cycling products in-store

Smartgo has been developed and is co-ordinated by specialist sustainable travel consultancy, Go Travel Solutions and there are over 207 employers signed up to existing Smartgo networks in Leicester, Milton Keynes, Stevenage and other locations across the UK. 

Go Travel Solutions Appoints Phil Saunders as new Business Development Manager

Will increase engagement with new and existing employers and staff across nationwide workplace travel networks

Go Travel Solutions has appointed Phil Saunders as its new Business Development Manager. 

In his new role, Phil will be based at Go Travel Solutions' office in Leicester, with responsibility for developing business engagement through Smartgo, Local Sustainable Transport Fund programmes and new private sector projects. Within Smartgo he will focus on increasing the numbers of employers and staff signing up as members of travel networks across the country, including Leicester, Hinckley, Stevenage and Milton Keynes, using the benefits, discounts and promotions offered by Smartgo

John Keenan Joins Go Travel Solutions as Senior Project Manager

Brings 16 years’ project management expertise to support project delivery for sustainable transport customers 

Go Travel Solutions has appointed John Keenan as its new Senior Project Manager. 

In his new role, John will be based at Go Travel Solutions' office in Leicester, with responsibility for managing the majority of projects delivered through this office. Using best practice in project management, he will focus on enhancing the impact of the company's sustainable transport projects for customers and partners nationwide.

Phil Saunders | Business Development Manager

Phil has responsibility for developing business engagement through Smartgo, Local Sustainable Transport Fund programmes and new private sector projects. Within Smartgo he focuses on increasing the numbers of employers and staff signing up as members of travel networks across the country, including Leicester, Hinckley, Stevenage and Milton Keynes, using the benefits, discounts and promotions offered by Smartgo.

Phil is a keen triathlete who trains throughout the year and competes in various races during the season. He is a supporter of Leicester City Football Club and enjoys most sports. In his younger, more carefree days, he got his kicks from skydiving!

Get in touch with Phil on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Join the Low Carbon Revolution

Low Carbon Sustainable Business Conference – 03 November 2015

 

Businesses with an interested in Low Carbon are invited to the 2015 Low Carbon Sustainable Business Conference on Tuesday 3 November at Stylish 15 Hatfields, a leading sustainable conference centre in central London, where they can learn about eco innovation, energy efficiency and business travel and meet experts from across the sustainable business sector.

Attendees will hear from a range of high profile and influential speakers who are leading from the frontline of the sustainable business sector. The conference will also feature workshops highlighting emerging sustainability themes including the challenges and opportunities that businesses face and the role of government policy in supporting the low carbon economy.

The free event, which is organised by Ngage Solutions, will also offer attendees the opportunity to find out more about the measurable impact on carbon savings, which have been achieved in the South East of England through the projects funded by the European Regional Development Fund, and to hear from the businesses that have benefited from these projects.

Philippa Batting, Managing Director of Ngage Solutions, comments: ‘Offering businesses insight into understandings and sensitivities on energy and carbon management is vital in order for them to embrace change, improve their energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprints whilst also improving their bottom line.  This event is aimed at businesses that want to save money and help the environment.’

If you wish to attend, please book your place here: https://goo.gl/t87iSy or if you require any further information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01494 568937. 

 

East Midlands Regional Meeting of ACT Travelwise – Focus on Smartgo

On 8th October 2015 Go Travel Solutions hosted an East Midlands Regional meeting of Act Travelwise, the UK’s association for sustainable travel and behavioural change professionals. The meeting included a showcase on Smartgo – with presentations from Go Travel Solutions (the co-ordinators of Smartgo) and Smartgo Leicester employer members De Montfort University, Leicester College and Pick Everard. The presentations reflected the successes and barriers experienced by them as employers in developing sustainable travel and their view on how Smartgo had assisted them as employers and their staff. 

Slides from De Montfort University, Go Travel Solutions and Pick Everard are available for download below.

New discounts available to encourage staff from Stevenage businesses to help with access to work

New partnership between Scoots and Go Travel Solutions will offer up to 62 per cent off new moped and motorcycle equipment

Scoots, the Wheels 2 Work Charity in Hertfordshire, has formed a new partnership with specialist sustainable travel consultancy, Go Travel Solutions. The partnership will provide local employers and their staff with access to discounts on new moped and motorcycle equipment worth up to £112 per person through the Smartgo Stevenage travel network.

Scoots helps people in Hertfordshire over the age of 16, via the hire of a 50/125cc moped or motorcycle, to help them travel to work or on education placements. New and existing employers in the Smartgo Stevenage network will receive discounts on equipment including helmets, jackets, gloves, rain trousers and high vis clothing.

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Our UK Midlands/ registered Office:

Go Travel Solutions 

3 Friars Mill,
Bath Lane,
Leicester, LE3 5BJ

Our UK South Office:

Broad Quay House,
Prince Street,
Bristol,
BS1 4DJ 

 

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