The University of Bristol Transport Plan was officially adopted in the autumn of 1999 because of the problems detailed below. There were simply too many cars chasing too few spaces with 3,500 staff in central Bristol vying for 1100 car parking spaces. (These figures exclude students who are not allowed to park on the main University precinct.) This situation was exacerbated with the continuing erosion of parking spaces due to building developments on existing car parks.
The parking revenue did not cover the cost of maintaining and operating all the car parks. Also, the previous scheme was based on a two-tier parking structure with place allocated on the basis of length of service, rather than the need to park.
Car parking charges have increased significantly from previous levels. All car parking revenue generated from the Plan will be hypothecated (ring-fenced) until 2008 and spent exclusively on the Transport Plan, including initiatives to encourage use of alternatives to the private car and encourage car drivers to actively consider alternative modes of transport. The new parking charges relate to salary and are calculated on a daily rather than an annual basis.
One of the key objectives of the Plan is to create a ‘fairer’ method of allocating parking spaces. It has also increased the number of modes of transport that staff can viably use to travel to work encouraging alternatives to the private car.
It is important to stress that the Plan will not:
The Travel to Work Implementation Group (TWIG) is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Plan. This group has full representation from all walks of University life and is chaired by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Clarke. TWIG determines the rules for car parks as well as promoting use of alternative modes of transport.
On a day-to-day basis the Transport Plan is jointly managed by Security Services (for the car parking elements of the plan) and the Travel Plan Coordinator (all other transport modes including walking, cycling and public transport).