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Sustainable travel

The University of York is a popular place to work, study and visit. We have over 15,000 students and around 3,500 staff all of whom live on, work at or visit on campus. We also have a number of external visitors regularly coming to campus. The potential implications for congestion and traffic pollution are obvious.

Over the years we have tried and tested a successful approach to managing the number of vehicles arriving or parking on campus including:

  • Development of excellent public transport links to and from the campus
  • A free University bus to take staff, students and visitors around campus
  • Staff and student bike purchase schemes, safe cycle routes and storage options
  • Discounted parking charges for using zones at a distance from central campus  
  • Car share schemes
  • Subsidised travel cards for staff and students

This has resulted in a reduction in the number of vehicles arriving on campus despite an actual increase in the numbers of people visiting, working and studying at York.

Sustainable travel plan

Our sustainable travel plan identifies in more detail how we will continue to do this.

Travel and transport advice

A dedicated information site gives advice for staff, students and local communities about all aspects of travel and transport to, from and around the University, including a carshare scheme, facilities for cyclists, and an interest free season-ticket loan for rail travel.

Research into sustainable travel

As well as our own achievements in the development of sustainable transport plans, our Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU) has led several government-sponsored projects aimed at understanding people's travel habits, especially as they relate to cycling to and from work.

Did you know...?

  • Over 7% more staff now cycle to work than in 2006
  • Following bus fare subsidies by the University, demand for discounted tickets has increased by 46% since 2006
  • Since 2006, 9% fewer staff use their car to get to work
  • By March 2011, 364 people had signed up to the car share scheme

Key contacts

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