Sustainable travel

The Trust has a long track record of successfully enabling more sustainable modes of travel for work. Since 1993 the percentage of staff traveling to work by car has halved.  This has been an outstanding and very necessary achievement as the total number of staff coming to work at CUH each day has grown from around 4,000 journeys to over 10,000 for the same period.

Managing the transport impacts of the new wider campus developments has been a challenge shared between the Trust, other CBC existing occupants, the newly arriving occupants, the landowners, the relevant local authorities with a combined lead through the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) and commercial partners from public transport to cycle-share companies. GCP have prioritised the role of the Biomedical Campus in transport planning improvements for the wider area, including the delivery a full needs-based survey.

Without the determination to deliver a major step-change in commuting modes, the number of cars coming to site would have created extreme congestion on the campus and its local feeder roads during peak times as well as creating issues of air pollution and excessive carbon emissions.

The Trust implemented and successfully concluded in 2019 a major reapplication and restructuring process for all existing staff eligible to park on-site. This saw a further 1000 members of staff potentially making the peak-period transition to the more sustainable commuting options of park-and-ride (P&R), cycling, public transport and car-sharing. Each modal shift is supported through a range of measures delivered either directly by the Trust or by effective shared-working with a range of campus, local authority and commercial partners.

Travel on Trust business is another important area where there is real potential to take direct steps to reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality and cut costs. CUH presently operates a fleet of 12 lease cars. Miles traveled in these types of vehicles can be controlled in terms of fuel economy and emissions in a way that staff-owned ‘greyfleet’ vehicles cannot. In most circumstances it also marginally lower cost per mile to deploy frequent and regularly used lease cars over the greyfleet option.

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