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Environment and Energy

 

As part of its commitment to minimise its environmental footprint from transport, and to improve congestion in Cambridge, the University wants to encourage staff, students and visitors to travel more sustainably.

The University continues to work to improve sustainable, affordable and convenient ways to travel, and has published a Transport Strategy which sets out the actions the University will take over the next five years, including:

  • Working with local transport providers and local government to improve public transport 
  • Improving cycling infrastructure and facilities to support cycling via initiatives such as the Pool Bike scheme and Dr Bike maintenance sessions
  • Working towards 100% electrification of the University’s vehicle fleet by 2030, and electrification of the Universal bus service from 2021
  • Reviewing our approach to car parking permits to make sure these are managed consistently and transparently across the University, and are allocated to the people who need them most.

You can read more about these actions in the strategy. Find out how you can contribute to the development of transport policies and initiatives on our consultation pages.

This table sets out the key priorities and timescales for delivering the commitments made in the Transport Strategy:
Project Timescale
University bus services – workshops to look at the future services Michaelmas term 2019
New bus service to be launched Summer 2021
Improvements to walking and cycling infrastructure on the University’s estate Ongoing
Roll out of the University CAMbike pool bike scheme to new buildings and the app Ongoing
Roll out of Smart Panels to University buildings Ongoing
University car parking policy – workshops to look at the future permit allocation procedure Michaelmas term 2019
Car parks managed locally to be managed by Estate Management September 2020
Changes to the parking permit allocation criteria for all University staff September 2021
Consideration of effectiveness/desirability of charging for parking, including consideration of any groups who may be exempt (for example, the lowest earners) 2020-21

The University's role in the Greater Cambridge Partnership

The University is one of the five partners forming the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) which comprises:

• Cambridge City Council

• Cambridgeshire County Council

• South Cambridgeshire District Council

• The University of Cambridge

• Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Business Board.

The partnership is working across the three key areas of transport, housing and skills, to grow and share prosperity and improve quality of life for the people of Greater Cambridge. You can read the University’s contributions to the Greater Cambridge Partnerships consultations on transport here.