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Staff shuttle bus gears up for launch

Our new staff shuttle bus service aims to provide a greener alternative to inter-campus travel. With official launch date pencilled for Semester One, the bus aims to avoid congestion and beat commercial bus travel times by taking a varied route between City and Headingley campuses.

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Why is a shuttle bus being provided?

Currently, the most common way our staff travel between campuses is by car, accounting for 40 per cent of journeys. This is causing increased carbon emissions, air pollution and adding to congestion on key routes through the city, affecting the health and wellbeing of our students and staff. Whilst commercial buses are available, these can often get stuck in traffic and be unreliable. A shuttle service is therefore being provided to ensure staff can travel on a comfortable and convenient service that can avoid congestion, whilst helping to achieve the aims and objectives of our University’s Transport Strategy.

When will the shuttle bus run?

The shuttle service will run during core working hours of 8.00 to 18.00 Monday-Friday throughout the year, excluding bank holidays and the Christmas closure.

Am I guaranteed a seat on the bus, what is its capacity?

The service will operate two 16 passenger minibuses. The frequency and capacity have been based on data from our staff travel survey. As the service will initially be a trial, usage figures will be closely monitored and the service can be adapted to meet demand. If at any point the service is full and you are not able to board, you will need to find an alternative method, such as commercial bus, cycle or taxi, but any such instances will be recorded and the service reviewed to ensure this is kept to a minimum. Will I need to buy a ticket for the bus?

The shuttle bus will be free for all members of Leeds Beckett staff, and can be accessed by displaying a valid staff card to the driver when boarding.

Is there a booking system for the bus?

The shuttle will operate like a normal timetabled service, with members of staff simply needing to turn up to the stop at the desired time, with no requirement for pre-booking.

Will I still be able to use my car to travel between campuses?

The shuttle will be the principal way to travel between our campuses. In order to ensure its success and help to achieve the aims and objectives of our University’s Transport Strategy, inter-site journeys by car will no longer be supported through the expense claims system, nor will it be possible to use visitors’ car parking for inter-site journeys.

What do I do if part of my return journey starts or ends outside the service’s hours?

If you are travelling to a campus that is not your base outside the shuttle service’s operational times, it will be important to plan your travel accordingly, and it might be appropriate to consider alternatives including non-travel options such as Skype and teleconferencing as well as bus, rail or taxi services. Expenses for these options can be claimed in the usual way provided travel is outside the operational times of the shuttle bus.

Will this affect my current car parking permit eligibility?

During the trial period, there will be no changes to existing permit holders’ parking arrangements. Any member of staff whose permit is based on the need to travel between sites, or staff with multi-site access can continue to park as usual. However new permit applications will take into account the new shuttle service as the main mode of travel for inter-site journeys.

Your feedback is crucial...

The service is being trialled for 12 months, and during this period we are keen to get feedback in order to evaluate and improve the service. Surveys will be sent out throughout the period to monitor its success. For one-off queries or comments you can email transport@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Queries received to this address will be used to inform our FAQ page and you will receive an email to let you know when the page has been updated with a response to your question.

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