Travel and Transport
Carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen compounds, and carbon particulates. All of these, along with many more toxic compounds, are pumped into the atmosphere each time we switch our fossil fuel powered engines on. We will be developing a “Green Transport Plan” soon, and encouraging staff and students to try alternative means of transport.What you can do
- Do you need to drive? Have you thought about cycling or walking to meetings or lectures – it can be invigorating, and it’s definitely kinder on the pocket. See a map of locations of our showers and bike racks here.
- Staff can purchase a bike and safety equipment through the salary sacrifice scheme.
- Is your meeting essential? Will a phone call or e-mail do instead? Alternatively we have a number of videoconferencing facilities on site that are a practicable alternative to face to face meetings These are making a significant contribution to reducing our business travel. Details can be found at the videoconference facilities website
- Staff have access to purchase discounted Arriva monthly bus passes
- For longer trips, use public transport. The railway station is within walking distance of the University, and we are served by good bus and coach links. Train and Bus timetables can be found at the Traveline website
- Local public transport information for each site can be found here.
- If the car is the only option, can you lift share?
Campus Services Fleet goes Electric
In its drive to become a resource efficient institution, the University now has 16 electric vehicles in its fleet within Campus Services.
The change-over was made possible by a successful bid for Circular Economy funding from Welsh Government made by Campus Services, which funded four electric vehicles. Additionally, funding was also received from the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales to purchase a further six electric vehicles.
Changing the fleet over to electric contributes to the University’s ambitions to be a sustainable University and to contribute further to the goals and objectives of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
Meryl Wyn-Jones, Head of Facilities Operations, Campus Services explains:
“The funding enabled us to replace diesel vehicles with electric ones; the Security section now, in the main, only uses electric vehicles.
The Facilities section has now disposed of its two remaining owned diesel vehicles and the section also now uses electric vehicles, with the exception of a hired diesel tail-lift van used when the need arises to move larger or heavier loads.
Overall, there are currently 16 electric vehicles within our fleet and we’d like to move further down the electric route in future. The electric fleet includes two specialist electric vehicles – a tipper truck and cage van.
The Grounds and Landscape team have reported improved efficiency since using the electric tipper truck. The truck’s higher capacity is resulting in fewer journeys to and from the compost site and its tipper facility has reduced the time spent unloading.
The electric cage vehicle used by the Facilities team is also proving to be really useful, especially as it has a ramp facility to more easily load bins and recycling."
- Sustainable Travel and Transport Policy - under review
- Overseas Working Equality Guidance for Staff