July 12th, 2021
As staff prepare for a fuller return to campus, localised flexibility in working patterns will continue to have an impact on the ways in which we all work and travel to our place of work. Below is an overview and update on many of the schemes that the university operates.
The university in collaboration with a number of public transport operators across the city offer a number of travel pass schemes. These scheme offer staff the opportunity to purchase travel passes through salary deductions – there are a range of these available to support differing work patterns, many at discounted rates.
From Wednesday 1 September, parking charges will be re-introduced with the application window for applying for parking permits opening from today (Monday 12 July).
Recognising that colleagues will have differing campus return dates and to reflect more flexible patterns of working on-campus- and home-working, we are retaining the flexibility that we introduced last year in how you can pay to park on campus.
To underpin the sustainability commitments in the University Strategy and reduce the large loss that the university currently makes between parking charges, the cost of providing car parking and its commitments to Nottingham City Council’s Workplace Parking Levy (WPL), the cost of a parking permit will need to rise by 12.5% for 2021/22.
This works out as an annual increase from £69 to £78 for cars in the lowest emission and salary bracket and an annual increase from £774 to £871 in the highest bracket. The average cost of an annual parking permit is £270 – less than £1.18 per day based on 230 days use.
Over the next year as we better understand travel demand, patterns and car parking use we will be developing and consulting on a revised sustainable parking strategy and charging mechanism more aligned to the University Strategy.
Cycling to work offers a flexible, fit and sustainable way to travel between our campuses and elsewhere. The university offers a comprehensive Cycle to Work scheme accessible through the Employee Hub and has increased the value of the scheme to enable staff to purchase bicycles up to the value of £2,000.
Operated on a salary sacrifice basis, the scheme allows employees to hire a bike and equipment from the university for twelve months. After this period the employee may, at the university and scheme provider discretion, be offered options to extend the hire agreement or take ownership of the bike.
The university has continued to run a number of hopper bus services over the last year to provide connectivity between campuses. Work is underway to design timetables for the start of next session in line with the latest guidance and we will continue to provide regular updates on services and timetables.
Details on the hopper bus services can be found on the Transport pages.
In the meantime anyone wanting to travel between University Park and King’s Meadow Campus can catch the Sutton Bonington service from East Drive on University park and get off at the Showcase Cinema ( LI01) stop a short walk from KMC and for travel in the opposite direction catch the Sutton Bonington Bus at the Showcase Cinema ( LI04) stop on the other side of Clifton Boulevard which can be accessed from the pedestrian bridge.
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