Work has officially started on a very important aspect of our project – the University of St Andrews Travel Plan. We dedicated the whole of our latest forum to this topic and the PSR reps grabbed the opportunity to feed into the plan and pass on thoughts from their teams.
Kirsty Davison and Gordon Scott from the consultancy firm Peter Brett Associates (PBA) came along to give the reps a quick overview of who they are and what they are planning.
PBA, now part of Stantec, is a leading consultancy of engineers, planners, scientists and economists delivering major development and infrastructure projects. These specialists have plenty of experience working with universities and shared some examples of the types of projects they have worked on with the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and the West of Scotland.
As a starting point, PBA defined the purpose of a travel plan, which is “a package of practical measures designed to influence transport to an individual site or within an organisation”.
For St Andrews in particular that will mean delivering a strategic transport and travel plan covering the years 2019 to 2025, reflecting the University’s planned growth and commitment to sustainability. The top priority is the Eden Campus travel plan, which is one of the first priorities in order to support our relocation to the new campus.
Kirsty and Gordon were also keen to give the reps an opportunity to feed into and influence the themes and issues covered in the Travel Plan. We split into groups and discussed the themes we should cover in the action plan and which themes are of greatest importance to staff. We also gave some thought to the barriers (both real and perceived) to Eden Campus travel and what the University needs to do to overcome these.
Finally, we discussed ‘mode share targets’ – the different modes of travel we choose when commuting – and how we can increase sustainable modes such as car share, public transport, biking and walking.
So, what can you do to get involved? The best way to submit your views is through the Staff Travel Survey 2019 which will help us to understand more about current travel patterns and the underlying reasons for mode choice, and will help to shape the actions we develop. You can access the survey, which should only take five to ten minutes to complete, online now.
As ever, you can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any other feedback and queries.
Until next time!
PSR Project Officer