Estates Directorate

Sustainable Travel

A Travel Plan for Queen's

Providing leadership in policies designed to promote sustainable development is important to the University’s image and its role as a major employer in the local community. In relation to this, the University is committed to alleviating some of the problems associated with travel to and from the University by its staff, students and visitors.

In order to manage these travel related impacts effectively and to raise awareness of the alternative forms of travel - especially those that are more sustainable - the University has formally adopted its second Travel Plan 2010 - 2015. The benefits of the University Travel Plan include:

  • Environmental - reducing the number of vehicles, especially single occupancy commutes, will be beneficial to the environment through reduced vehicle emissions and noise
  • Social - less vehicle movements and cars parked in and around the campus will create a more relaxed and safer environment on campus and help to enhance our relationships with the local community
  • Corporate - as the University continues to strive for academic excellence, its infrastructure and capital development programme will necessarily grow in support of this. Travel Plans, and mitigating the impacts of increased core University activities, are an integral part of the planning process which enables the University to prosper.

Please click here to view the Travel Plan 2010 - 2015.

Travel Plan Implementation

Over the coming months and, in the longer term, it is hoped to raise the awareness of staff and students about the impact of  individual travel choices on both the environment and the physical locality. Through awareness-raising, and support for alternative modes to the car, the University aims to address some of the impacts associated with travel to its campuses.

Continual Improvement

A 2008 survey of staff revealed that, overall, 41% of staff, a rise of 9% on the 2005 survey, usually travel to their workplace by sustainable modes of transport (including cycling, walking and public transport) whilst 59% of staff, a fall of 6% on the 2005 staff survey, travel via unsustainable modes of travel (including car as a driver, taxi and motorbike/scooter). For further information, and greater analysis of the survey, please click on the following link - Travel Survey Report 2008 

It would appear that the introduction of the University Travel Plan in 2005 has had a positive impact in changing travel habits of staff commuting to work. Continual improvement initiatives are introduced on an annual basis to help reduce the number of single-occupancy car journeys. These include car-sharing, upgrading and installing better facilities for walkers and cyclists and better information provision on public transport.

It is important to remember that Travel Plans are evolutionary and require a series of incentives and disincentives to be successful.  Being aware of the options available to you and making a conscious decision on how you will travel on a given day is a vital part of success - remember leaving the car at home two days a week is a 40% reduction in cars at the University.

This section of the Environmental Services website has been designed to inform you of how to travel more sustainably and will be updated periodically as more initiatives are implemented in conjunction with the Travel Plan.

Your help and cooperation is much appreciated in supporting the aims and objectives of the Travel Plan.