We have close links with Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council to encourage improvements to walking, cycle and bus routes in Oxford.
We support policies like the creation of a zero emission zone in the city because of the positive impact this would have on the health of our staff and students.
We also represent the interests of the University by responding to consultations on things that affect us and the wider community, for example policies on restricting vehicle movements, workplace parking levies and congestion charging in Oxford.
Most recently, we advised the University on its response to the Government’s National Infrastructure Commission recommendations on the Oxford-Cambridge Growth Corridor. We emphasised support for a new rail link between the cities and for investment in Oxford’s First-Last Mile network – the walking, cycling, bus, rail and road links that connect our staff living in Witney, Bicester, Kidlington, Abingdon and Didcot with their jobs in Oxford.
We work with Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to press for better bus connections to the John Radcliffe and Churchill hospitals and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington – where altogether we have over 2,500 embedded staff.
Also with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust which runs the Warneford hospital – around 200 of our staff work there – and major employers like Oxford Brookes.
We also work with local bus operators – Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach – to make a coordinated response to the County and City Councils on issues of shared interest. Also with special interest and charity groups such as Cyclox, the Broken Spoke Bike Co-op, Cycling UK, Low Carbon North Oxford, the Oxford Pedestrian Association and the Coalition for Healthy Streets & Active Travel.
For example, the University has signed up to Claudia’s Charter, which works for cycle safety in Oxford, following the tragic death of Oxford student Claudia Comberti in 2017. And we helped local groups to organise a public meeting called ‘Roads are for People’ about how to make Oxford safer and more pleasant to walk and cycle in.
The University helps to fund travel improvements, both on and off our estate, where they will benefit our staff and students. The money comes from the Green Travel Fund, the income generated from staff car parking charges.
We partner with organisations to encourage sustainable travel in Oxford.
Sustainable Travel team
+44 (0) 1865 2 88782