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					Middlesex University Green
       Travel Plan
       November 2011
Contents

             Executive Summary
1            Introduction
2            Roles & Responsibilities
3            Current Travel Patterns, Travel Issues and Site Assessment
4            Objectives
5            Targets
6            Actions
7            Monitoring & Evaluation




Appendices
Executive Summary

Since launching the Travel Plan for Middlesex University in May 2007, we have made
significant progress in encouraging the use of sustainable transport and making the
University as accessible as possible to staff, students and visitors.

Whilst the progress we have made is encouraging, we will further strive to make
access to Hendon Campus via sustainable transport easier in the future by
introducing a number of incentives to further reduce the number of staff, students and
visitors driving to the Hendon Campus.

This document reviews the progress the University has made against the goals and
objectives outlined in the original Travel Plan, and looks to establish ambitious new
targets for the years ahead, with the Hendon Campus continuing to undergo exciting
growth and change. The Travel Plan also seeks to engage with our students more
than ever before, and present a package of measures designed with their specific
requirements in mind.

The Travel Plan reflects evolving Travel Plan best practice and current government
guidance. It is designed to be a ‘live’ document that we will continually improve,
update and evolve.

These improvements will occur through continuing to work in partnership with the
London Borough of Barnet and Transport for London, and through the continued
support of our staff and students.




Warren Forsyth
Director of Estate and Facilities Management Services
Introduction


Background

This document presents an update to Middlesex University’s Travel Plan for its
Hendon Campus. This document supersedes the previous Campus Travel Plan,
dated June 2009 and covers both staff, student and visitor travel to and from the
Campus.

This updated Travel Plan has been prepared for Hendon Campus taking into
consideration the redevelopment and relocation of university activities from the Cat
Hill Campus.

The Travel Plan also considers the proposed closure and subsequent relocation of all
activities from the Trent Park Campus from August 2012.




Redevelopment of Hendon Campus

Since the original Travel Plan was submitted in May 2007, Middlesex University has
built and opened Hatchcroft. This development was completed in September 2008
and enabled the relocation of approximately 150 staff and 3,000 students from the
Enfield Campus.

The Phase III development was completed in September 2011 and accommodates
the Art, Media and Design courses which were relocated from the Cat Hill campus.
This has allowed the relocation of approximately 190 staff and a further 1600
students.

We are planning a continued expansion at Hendon to accommodate the transfer of
the remaining courses from the Trent Park campus by September 2012.
This planned development will intensify activity on the Hendon Campus and therefore
place greater significance on promoting sustainable travel to and from campus for
staff, students and visitors.




Roles & Responsibilities

Management of the Overall Travel Plan

Nicki Littlefield is the University’s Green Travel & Transport Manager and Travel Plan
Co-ordinator and will continue to oversee the further development and
implementation of the Travel Plan with support from Susie Page, University
Environmental Manager. Overall, the Travel Plan will continue to be directed by
Warren Forsyth, Director of Estate and Facilities Management Services.

A Travel and Transport Group has been established to ensure that the Travel Plan is
taken forward effectively. It is important that a representative of the Student Union
attends Group meetings. The group will meet every 8 weeks and will feeds back to
Senior Management to ensure continued support and resources for the Travel Plan.

Consideration for feedback will also be taken when Nicki Littlefield attends the
University Environmental Forum on a quarterly basis.

Joint working is also undertaken and will continue to be developed with other
stakeholders including:

       London Borough of Barnet
       Middlesex University Students Union (MUSU)
       Transport for London
       Liftshare.com
       City Car Club
       Other employers in the area with Travel Plans; and
       Local suppliers e.g. cycle equipment stores.
Current Travel Patterns

Site Assessment

Introduction

Middlesex currently has five campuses, three in London – Hendon, Trent Park and
Archway. The other two are overseas, in Dubai and Mauritius.

In London, we are engaged in an ongoing project to consolidate much of our
teaching and research onto our flagship campus in Hendon, north London. Over
recent years the campus has grown and continues to grow rapidly, with the
construction of new buildings and the renovation of existing buildings.

A site assessment of Hendon Campus was originally undertaken in August 2006.
This information has been updated to reflect the changes on site.

Public Transport Information

Middlesex University provides public transport information to staff and students via
the intranet. This information includes campus maps indicating the nearest
underground and rail stations and the bus routes serving each campus. In addition,
travel information is made widely available to everyone via the University website.
This information includes bus routes serving the campuses, maps and inter-campus
journey information.

Public Transport serving Hendon Campus

Hendon Campus is well served by public transport, including London Bus and
London
Underground services.


Bus Services

TfL has an accepted walk threshold of 640m to bus stops that is used in recording
the Public Transport Accessibility Level (PTAL) of a site and there are six bus routes
accessed within 640m of the Hendon Campus.

These routes provide services to destinations such as Golders Green, Ealing,
Edgware and Oxford Circus. Routes 143, 183 and 326 run directly adjacent to the
site on The Burroughs and are accessed southbound from the stop opposite the
Town Hall, and northbound from the stop directly outside the Hatchcroft building.

Routes 113 and 186 are accessed from stops on either side of Watford Way,
adjacent to the Hendon War Memorial. Route 83 is accessed further south on Vivian
Avenue, and route 240 at the junction of Brent Street with Church Road, to the east
of the site.
Underground and National Rail Services

The closest London Underground station to Hendon Campus is Hendon Central,
which is approximately 10 minutes walk from the campus. The station is served by
the Northern Line (Edgware branch).

The closest National Rail station to the campus is Hendon, which is located
approximately 1.3km south of the campus on Station Road. Hendon Station can be
accessed via bus routes 83 and 183 which are described above.

Trains from Hendon Station connect north to Luton, Bedford and St Albans, and
south to stations in Central London, Sutton and Wimbledon. Currently, these services
are operated by First Capital Connect.


Pedestrian and Cycle Access

Pedestrian routes surround Hendon Campus, with pedestrian crossing points at the
junction with Watford Way/The Burroughs and on Church Road, near the junction of
The Burroughs/Church End.

Pedestrian routes surrounding Hendon Campus are mostly in good condition and
well lit. Sections of the footpaths on the Eastern side of The Burroughs are in poor
condition, particularly in front of Ravensfield House.

The London Cycling Campaign’s London Cycle Guide, published by Transport for
London outlines a number of advisory routes in the vicinity of Hendon Campus.
There is an advisory cycle route along Church End and part of Church Road, which is
shared with general vehicular traffic. There are also some quieter routes surrounding
the campus that would be suitable for most cyclists, although there are no cycle
routes along The Burroughs, Watford Way or Church Hill Road. Cycle route maps
are available on the Staff Intranet and the University Internet.

Cycle parking is available on Campus in a number of locations:
       Hatchcroft building – 15 stands (30 spaces);
       Scholars Yard – 30 stands; and
       Greyhound Hill Car Park – 30 stands.


Future Improvements

Middlesex University remain in consultation with London Borough of Barnet about
how to most effectively implement improvements to public realm spaces for cyclists
and pedestrians.


Student Parking

Since 2007, students have not been permitted to park on campus during core hours,
which are defined as between 08:00 and 16:30 on weekdays. The only exemptions to
this policy are disabled and mobility impaired students.

With this policy, we have attempted to deter students from driving to Hendon
campus. We must however accept that there will be students who drive to
University, park on the surrounding streets and then walk onto campus. It is difficult
to deter these students from driving, but the University is committed to improving and
promoting accessibility to Hendon campus by sustainable modes.


Staff Travel Strategy

The current Staff Travel Strategy can be viewed in full on the University Website and
on the staff Intranet pages.

In November 2009 the decision was made to deny parking permits to all new
employees – those who joined after 1 January 2010 are not allowed to apply for
parking permits. New joiners are made aware of this policy when they request an
application pack and they should only apply if they are able to make the journey to
Hendon without a car. There is also a 2 mile non-eligibility zone around the Hendon
Campus so applicants must live outside this radius.

We offer free travel benefits, free cycle or motorcycle gifts to all current SOCJ users
at Hendon if they give up their parking permit or a lump sum to move house to within
the exclusion zone of 2 miles.

Staff that are eligible to apply for a Single Occupancy Car Journey (SOCJ) parking
permit are 0.5% of their gross annual salary, payable monthly and taken at source by
pay roll. PAYG Parking is charged at £2 per day.

All staff that are eligible for a parking permit are actively encouraged to Car Share.
Car Sharers are allowed free parking on campus. Such staff must demonstrate that
only one parking bay is used between two or more members of staff.

This policy reflects the fact that, for some staff, driving to campus is necessary due to
lack of viable alternative modes. However, the University takes the view that staff car
parking should be viewed as a privilege, not a right, and staff interested in applying
for parking permits will be required to pay for the privilege.

Contractors parking permits cost £300 per annum and we have been working to
reduce the number of passes.

In addition, although we are not including specific targets for Schools and Services to
reduce the number of SOCJs in their area, we encourage managers across the
University to stagger staff working at home/having days off throughout the working
week. We will be encouraging Schools and Services to reduce their number of
SOCJs down towards the 24% mark (and we will provide current SOCJ figures to
each School and Service).


Current Policies

There are several Human Resource Services Policies that promote travel choice for
staff:

       Flexible Working Procedure (including working from home)
       Middlesex University CycleScheme
       Motorcycle Loan
       Public Transport – Season Ticket Loan
       Business Mileage Rates for Cyclists
       Staff Travel Strategy (including charges for SOCJ on site parking)
Staff Travel Survey

Every employee based at the Hendon Campus is asked to complete a staff travel
form. The employee is asked to identify their main mode of travel to work. The
information is stored on a database and gives real time information which is used to
provide an outline of changes in behaviour and trends. It is a working document and
will be made available on the Intranet.

The travel form will be updated to request more information about frequency and
distance travelled to enable us to measure the CO2 footprint. All staff that have
completed and returned a form since its inception will also be asked to supply this
additional information.

The figure below shows a shapshot analysis of the information available.

                 Jul-   Oct-   Jan-   Apr-   Oct-   Dec-   Jan-   Mar-   Aug-   Jan-   Apr-   Jul-   Oct-
                 08     08     09     09     09     09     10     10     10     11     11     11     11     Target

 SOCJ and
 PAYG            57%    50%    50%    53%    52%    52%    50%    47%    46%    43%    40%    40%    40%    24%
 Car Sharers     12%    13%    13%    12%    13%    13%    13%    13%    13%    12%    12%    11%    12%    25%
 Public
 Transport       22%    26%    28%    26%    26%    27%    26%    26%    27%    30%    30%    31%    28%    33%

 Cyclists &
 Motorcyclists   3%     6%     6%     4%     5%     3%     3%     4%     4%     4%     3%     3%     3%     10%
 Walkers         6%     5%     3%     5%     4%     4%     4%     4%     4%     5%     6%     6%     5%     8%
 Nil response                                       1%     4%     6%     6%     6%     9%     9%     12%    0%
                 100%   100%   100%   100%   100%   100%   100%   100%   100%   100%   100%   100%   100%   100%



Student Travel Survey

In December 2010 we conducted a student travel survey at Hendon, Archway, Trent
Park and Cat Hill Campuses. A total of 4,453 surveys were received and analysed
and revealed that most students (60%) travel to university by public transport, and a
further 18% walk or cycle. 14% of students drive alone to reach their campus, and
5% participate in car sharing. The travel data was used to estimate the travel-related
carbon footprint of each site.

This process will be repeated annually to enable us to measure and record any
changes in behaviour. The figure below shows a shapshot analysis of the
information available.
Staff Business Travel

In the academic year 2010-11 we spent more £560,000 on business travel. More
than 92% of this value was spent on air travel. We will measure the CO2 footprint
and aim to reduce this.
Objectives

The Travel Plan’s over-riding objective is:

‘To engage with and encourage staff and students to use more sustainable ways of
travelling to Hendon campus through improvements in the quality of provision and
more effective promotion of the alternatives.’

Measure our travel related carbon footprint, achieve a benchmark and set a target to
reduce it.

The sub-objectives are:

1: To make the experience of travelling to campus on foot, by bike and by public
transport safe and pleasant by continuing to review, and where necessary improve,
the quality of facilities and the infrastructure provided.

2: To actively promote sustainable transport options for travel to and from campus
(using better and more coordinated promotion), to enable informed decisions about
how staff and students travel.

3: To increase the use of active and green travel modes (particularly for shorter trips
to campus), and encourage staff and students to build active travel into their
everyday routines to support and contribute to wider health initiatives.

4: To reduce the need for students and staff to travel to campus where appropriate.

5: To increase the level of staff and student involvement in suggesting/discussing
how travel opportunities to campus can be improved.

6: To raise awareness of the impacts of their travel choices on health, the local
environment etc.

The operational objective is to link the Travel Plan effectively into related Middlesex
University’s policies and strategies and to ensure that the University works effectively
with external partners to improve provision for walking, cycling and public transport
use for students, staff and visitors both on and off campus.
Targets

                              STAFF TARGETS

    Mode of
                   Current   Future                     Target
   Transport
                                      Encourage all able bodied staff who live
Walk               5%        8%       within 2km of their main campus to walk on
                                      a regular basis
                                      Aim to increase the existing proportion of
Cycle              3%        10%
                                      staff cycling to their main campus to 10%
Car – single
                                      Reduce the amount of single occupancy
occupancy          40%       24%
                                      journeys.
journey
                                      Aim to increase the existing proportion of
Car Share*         12%       25%
                                      staff car sharing
                                      Aim to increase the use of public transport
Public Transport   28%       33%
                                      to Hendon campus to 33%.



                             STUDENT TARGETS

                   Current
    Mode of
                    Dec      Future                     Target
   Transport
                    2010
                                      Encourage all able bodied students who
Walk               16%       24%      live within 2km of their main campus to
                                      walk to campus.
                                      Aim to increase the existing proportion of
Cycle              3%        10%      students cycling to their main campus to
                                      10% on relocation to Hendon campus.
Car – single
                                      Continue to reduce the number of single
occupancy          14%       1%
                                      occupancy journeys.
journey
                                      Encourage car sharing where no other
Car Share          5%        5%
                                      mode of transport is available.
                                      Aim to increase the use of public transport
Public Transport   60%       60%
                                      to Hendon campus to 50%.
Actions – updated November 2011

     Target               Action                        How                      When     Who
Encourage          Provide maps and         Information on reception         Jan 2012     NL
walking to work    guides for the local     Staff comms email
and study          area                     Internet page update
                   Promote the health       Staff comms email                Jan 2012     NL
                   benefits                 Internet page update
Encourage          Provide cycle maps       Information on reception         Jan 2012     NL
Cycling to work    and promote TfL          Staff comms email
and study          website across the       Internet page update
                   site
                   Promote facilities –     Posters in cycle shelters        Jan 2012     NL
                   showers, changing,       Staff comms email
                   drying                   Internet page update
                   Promote BUG              Staff Comms Email                Jan 2012     NL
                   membership for staff
                   Facilitate BUG for       Contact Barnet Cyclists          Dec 2012     NL
                   students
                   Promote staff loans      Staff Comms Email                Dec 2012     NL
                   for bikes
                   Set up regular           Speak to local suppliers         Dec 2012     NL
                   discounts with local
                   suppliers
                   Facilitate cycling       Contact LBBarnet                 Dec 2012     NL
                   proficiency lessons
                   for staff and students
                   on site
                   Student Cycle Loan       Discuss implementation           Dec 2012     NL
                   between Halls and        with Hilary Morris and
                   Campus at Hendon         outline strategy
Promote Electric   Arrange exhibition       Contact Freego electric          April 2012   NL
Bikes              day with a supplier      bikes or similar
Encourage          Encourage                Identify local facilitator and   April 2012   NL
Motorcycling to    motorcycling lessons     promote with information
work and study     for staff and students   on reception and staff
                                            comms email and Internet
                                            page update
                   Promote staff loans      Staff Comms Email                April 2012   NL
                   for bikes                (include foc to park)
Encourage Car      Promote                  Email, leaflets, posters         Jan 2012     NL
Sharing            Liftshare.com site for
                   staff and students
Encourage Public   Provide maps and         Information on reception         Dec 2011     NL
Transport          promote TfL website      Staff Comms
                   across the site          Intranet Pages
                   Promote staff loans      Staff Comms                      Dec 2011     NL
                   for bikes
                   Promote MUSU             Intranet pages                   Jan 2012     NL
                   Discount card
Encourage          Executive Briefing       Internet and website links       Jan 2012     WF
visitors not to    Group advise all staff   to TfL
drive              when setting up
                   meetings (admin
                   support and PA’s)
Reduce Business    Cut Budget               Needs executive approval         ?            ?
Travel                                      and endorsement
                   Promote use of video   Set up workshops,             Jan 2012   NL
                   conference             lunchtime drop in sessions
                   equipment              with AV Staff
Measure Travel     Student Travel         Repeat annual survey          Dec 2011   NL
and Transport      Survey
Carbon Footprint   Staff Travel Survey    Extend existing process to    Jan 2012   NL
                                          capture more information to
                                          enable CO2 measure.




Monitoring & Evaluation

Hendon based staff are surveyed and the information is stored on a database
that enables us to measure their chosen method of transport to work. This
information will be extended to include the distance and frequency travelled.
Our aim is to be able to measure our travel related carbon footprint, set a
benchmark and work towards reducing it.

Students will be surveyed annually to enable us to measure their travel
related carbon footprint and measure the impact.

The travel plan will be reviewed annually, all collected data will be collated
and new targets will be set appropriately.

The annual report will be prepared by the Green Travel & Transport Manager,
presented to the Environmental Manager.

				
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