Leicester Uni staff, students prefer to walk to campus

Arts Centre in University of Leicester campus

A review conducted by Leicester University with the help of Go Travel Solutions has revealed how students and staff travel to campus. Asian Lite reports

Arts Centre in University of Leicester campus
Arts Centre in University of Leicester campus

The university has around 28,000 staff and students and the review was conducted with the help of Go Travel Solutions.

It showed the numbers of staff and students driving alone has dramatically reduced from 49 per cent in 2010 to 37 per cent in 2015 for staff, and from 9 per cent in 2010 to 5 per cent in 2015 for students.

In addition, staff walking to campus has increased from 16 per cent to 21 per cent and students walking is up from 56 per cent to 62 per cent over the same 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, told Leicester Mercury that, “We’re extremely proud that the previous travel plan was held by Leicester City Council as an exemplar plan and that we’ve enabled a significant number of staff and students to choose more sustainable travel modes through 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,” she added.

Robin Pointon, managing director of Go Travel Solutions, told Leicester Mercury, “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.