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Review Reveals How 28,000 Staff & Students Get to Work

University of Leicester bendy busThe University of Leicester has completed a comprehensive review of how the travel plans of its 28,000 staff and students have changed over the past five years.

The review, conducted by Leicester-based sustainable travel specialist, Go Travel Solutions, revealed that the number of staff and students driving alone has dramatically reduced (from 49% in 2010 to 37% in 2015 for staff and from 9% in 2010 to 5% in 2015 for students).

In addition, staff walking to campus has increased from 16% to 21% and students walking is up from 56% to 62% over the same time period.

The review of the University of Leicester Travel Plan 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.

Sandra Lee, Sustainability Officer at the University said: “We are extremely proud that the previous Travel Plan was held by Leicester City Council as an exemplar and that we have enabled a significant number of staff and students to choose more sustainable travel modes by providing enhanced facilities, discounts and increased travel options. The University is highly committed to sustainability and this review enables us to develop a new phase of our Travel Plan to help to reduce our environmental impact and to enhance the provision of alternatives.”

Robin Pointon, Managing Director of Go Travel Solutions said: “Since the first travel plan in 2010, the University has committed to reducing its overall environmental impact through transport-related emissions. The 2015 Travel Survey has 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.

“As members of Smartgo Leicester, we look forward to supporting the University and encouraging greater use of sustainable forms of travel for staff and students alike,” Robin continued.

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