As universities feel increased pressure to reduce their car parking and measure their Scope 3 emissions, and students are demanding greener campuses, a comprehensive and effective travel plan is becoming a vital tool in encouraging more sustainable travel behaviour.

Travel planning within the FE & HE sector

  • Research from the British Parking Association suggests that there are currently around 10 people to every parking space across the university sector.

  • Parking pressure creates staff and student frustration and dissatisfaction.

  • Valuable land used for parking cars can be better utilised for educating students.

  • Councils regularly demand commitments to sustainable travel before planning permission for development is granted.

  • Reporting of Scope 3 emissions is becoming expected.

Go Travel Solutions provides solutions that include:

  • Expert instruction regarding the preparation and management of travel plans

  • Experience with innovative and effective initiatives to promote more sustainable forms of transport

  • The administration and evaluation of travel surveys

  • Calculations of Scope 3 emissions from commuting and business travel

  • SmartGo - a range of travel benefits with an online engagement package for staff and students

  • On-the-ground marketing and delivery programmes

  • Proven involvement and success with universities, colleges and other businesses

Case Study - Travel planning for staff and students at the University of Leicester

The University of Leicester is ranked in the top one per cent of universities in the world by the Times Higher Education (THE). The University wanted to identify changes over the last five years in travel behaviour to evaluate how they and other key transport stakeholders could further reduce car use and carbon emissions going forward.

Go Travel Solutions conducted a review of the University’s Travel Plan including 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.

The review revealed:

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.

"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 Go Travel Solutions 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!)."

Dr Sandra Lee, Acting Environment Officer, University of Leicester, January 2016

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