The previous Staff Travel Plan was officially adopted in 1999 and governed by the Travel to Work Implementation Group (TWIG). It was developed as 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 previous Student Travel Plan was officially adopted in 2009 as it was clear that student travel requirements were different to that of staff.
The current Combined Staff and Student Travel Plan (PDF, 1,104kB) was adopted in 2014. With the establishment of a new Strategic Transport Group, whose role is to approve and review a Transport Plan for the University covering all locations and both staff and students, focusing on the key transport issues that affect the University’s strategic aims, an opportunity presented itself to amalgamate the previously separate travel plans into a combined staff and student travel plan. This plan retains, for the most part, the content of the previously separate staff and student travel plans, including the respective action plans and will be subject to annual review. It should be regarded as a modest update to bring up to date any relevant information and actions and will be subject to more detailed review once the wider impacts detailed below are clearly understood.
There are number of current University-led and external projects that may significantly impact on the future content of the University’s travel plan. At this stage, the outcomes of these projects remain unclear and it is therefore prudent to complete a full review of this travel plan once sufficient information is available. The travel plan review is programmed for the 2015/2016 academic year. By this time the outcomes of the projects below will be known.
• Access & Movement Framework Study
• Comprehensive parking review
• Resident Parking Scheme
The overriding aim of any Travel Plan, explicit or implicit, is to reduce the number of single occupant vehicles trips. In particular, the University has recognised as a priority the need to reduce the number of cars brought to the University and the number of car journeys made. The staff component of this Travel Plan aims to reduce the percentage of staff travelling to work alone by car, by offering a package of sustainable travel measures. In student terms, its aim is to support student travel and the University’s Sustainability Policy, ensuring that the travel plan is environmentally and financially sustainable.
Implicitly, the objective of any travel plan is to reduce the number and impact of single occupant vehicle trips. Explicitly, and taken from the University’s Sustainability Policy, the objective of the University Travel Plan is:
To maintain Staff and Student Travel Plans consistent with best practice and user/business needs; to deliver these plans in such a manner as to be cost-neutral to the University. In order to monitor the effectiveness of the Travel Plan and to achieve its objective, the Sustainability Policy sets out a series of transport targets.
These targets can be viewed on Page 21 of the Combined Travel Plan and Page 7 of the Sustainability Policy
UPARC will be responsible for determining matters of policy, such as the level of parking charges.
A Strategic Transport Group (STG) has been established to replace the previous Student Policy and Plan Steering Group and Travel to Work Implementation Group (TWIG). The STG represents a cross-section of the University community and is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Travel Plan.
The day-to-day management of the Travel Plan and the administration of current and new initiatives.
The Sustainability Manager (Transport)’s role include:
The Travel Plan Assistant supports the Sustainability Manager (Transport) in developing the University’s Travel Plan and is responsible for particular elements of the Travel Plan, including the development of the University’s Cycling Strategy, organising behaviour change events and communicating with end users through delivery of the travel awareness strategy. The Travel Plan Assistant also plays a key role in contributing to improving the operational effectiveness and quality of the University’s bus service.