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TPS have been assisting The University of Sheffield on a variety of travel planning issues on an ongoing basis since 2009.
The University has a high profile travel plan programme which is an integral part of their commitment to managing their environmental impact, and is held in high regard both locally and within the sector for delivering bespoke solutions to support sustainable travel choices. Below are a number of specific projects that TPS have delivered on behalf of the University: -
TPS were appointed in December 2012 to undertake a full survey of staff and student travel patterns and opinions. Using our own survey manager package a bespoke survey was designed and distributed online to the University’s 6,000 staff and 25,000 students, supported by a poster campaign courtesy of the TPS Design team.
The findings were then collated, analysed and reported back to the University, and included an assessment of carbon emissions (Scope III) from commuting travel in order to meet the HEFCE requirements from 2013.
Prior to joining TPS Rob Bettison, in his role as Travel Manager at the University, led on the review of parking criteria and management.
Whilst often an emotive subject, the previous management and particularly the eligibility for staff parking was unsustainable with demand often exceeding supply.
In addition to the introduction of staggered charging for parking at the University and three tiers of parking stock (occasional use pay and display, licence to hunt and guaranteed parking) an eligibility criteria and scoring system was introduced. Open and transparent the system was intended to ensure the parking stock was preserved for those with the greatest need to access it (be that due to business requirements, personal circumstances or lack of viable alternative travel options). The parking policy, introduced as part of the Integrated Transport Strategy was successful in reducing demand for parking permits by some 15%. Furthermore revenue generated was, and continues to be, ring fenced and used to support sustainability projects across the campus.
TPS were appointed by the University to develop and deliver a programme of Personal Travel Planning to all of the organisations 6,000 staff. With a limited amount of budget available the TPS team came up with a bespoke solution, whereby each member of staff who completed an online form was provided with their PTP in the form of a personalised ‘offline website’, delivered on CD-Rom.
Each personalised website provided the individual with information on the range of travel options which could suit their own specific circumstances and requirements, with content ranging from a Personal Journey Plan of public transport options, through to a summary of the car share options which may be available if that person signed up to the University’s private car share scheme.
Going beyond a typical PTP, the content also provided a range of University specific details and information, as well as promoting current travel plan projects that individuals could usefully participate in (e.g. Dr Bike sessions were promoted to those who could potentially cycle to work).
The University has recently bought a fleet of Electric Powered Vehicles – including commercial vehicles for use on portering duties around the campus and also electric powered cars which are available for staff to use as pool vehicles for business trips in the local area. TPS were appointed to develop a bespoke branding for the vehicles to ensure they remain high profile and promote the University in the local area. TPS also coordinated the signing of the vehicles and associated on street charging points and developed a guide to the use of the vehicles.
The University are about to launch the first on street public bike hire scheme in Sheffield. Working in conjunction with Sheffield City Council the scheme will see bikes located around the principal campus and accommodation locations and transport interchanges in the city. TPS have developed the branding and publicity for the service and will be supporting the launch in due course.
Given the large number of students who are new to the city of Sheffield each year, the University decided to develop a pocket size cycle map aimed specifically at new students. TPS were therefore appointed to develop a cycle map that, in addition to containing a range of information on the support available to students, focused on the trips students tend to make; between halls and main campus and for access to the city centre. The map Included a full ‘Bike Ability’ assessment of the surrounding road network grading all roads according to the traffic light system so that students can quickly and easily plan routes according to their confidence and ability and importantly helps to ensure students can avoid busy junctions and section of the local highway network.
Whilst the University has a comprehensive Travel Plan Strategy document, this is substantial policy document which is used as part of the Estates Strategy. Often travel planning, its purpose and the priorities within it, can become alien to the target audience; in this case staff and students. The University have therefore appointed TPS to translate that formal document into a branded summary document to be used at public events, as part of the recruitment process for new staff and for internal training sessions etc. We have extensive experience of creating user friendly travel plan strategies which focus on the key issues, targets, measures and commitments of an organisation and we will be applying this sector knowledge to the University project.