Working with our partners

Influencing transport policy

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. 

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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.

Lobbying for transport improvements

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.

Funding transport and travel schemes

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.

Examples include:

  • £35k to install a raised table at the junction of Broad Street, Holywell Street and Parks Road – helping to reduce vehicle speeds and making the junction safer and more pleasant to use. 
  • £23k to improve the cycle path in Marston Meadow
  • £14k to extend the Parks Road cycle path into Northam Gardens
  • £8k to resurrect the OxonBike partnership and improve the dockless bike hire offer in Oxford, including electric bikes
  • £15k annually to fund cycle training for staff and students by the Broken Spoke Co-op and £40k annually to fund the mobile mechanic service with local bike repair shops
  • Key infrastructure planned for future years includes:
  • £25k to provide secure cycle parking at the JR Hospital
  • £100k  to complete the missing link in the Parks Road-South Parks Road cycle path
  • £50k towards a walking and cycling path through Warneford Meadow to improve connections to Old Road Campus

Supporting sustainable travel initiatives

We partner with organisations to encourage sustainable travel in Oxford.

For example:

  • We are supporting the NUS Love to Ride scheme to run UniCycle for the second year. This lets cyclists set goals, track their mileage, earn rewards and share photos online. Universities compete to get the most staff and students cycling. Last year Oxford claimed the top spot with 200 staff clocking up over 11,000 cycle miles.
  • The University is taking part in a trial of new technology that measures vehicle emissions in real time. Sensors have been installed on about half our fleet of cars, vans and minibuses. Other collaborators are Imperial College and the Bristol Waste Company.
 
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