• Transport

    Sustainable travel is embedded into the heart of Oxford Brookes University. We are committed to reducing the impact of our transport activity, and actively encourage staff, students and visitors to travel by a low emission alternative.  

    We are currently consulting on our Sustainable Travel Plan and undertaking a Sustainable Travel Survey.  The results are anticipated in early 2020 and they will help inform emerging University Policy.

  • Our Travel Plan

    Our Travel Strategy and Travel Plan set out our ambitions to reduce carbon emissions from staff and student travel. The key drivers of this plan are to:

    • reduce the transport-related carbon emissions of the University
    • meet legislative requirements including the Climate Change Act
    • contribute to the Oxford Brookes’ Social Responsibility Programme
    • ensure the University is accessible for staff, students and visitors, therefore facilitating a student experience of the highest standard possible
    • improve the health of staff and students by encouraging active travel.

    Sustainable travel incentives

    We encourage a wide range of sustainable travel options which are promoted via travel discounts and incentives including:

    • cycling offers, including a free Bike Doctor service and discounts in local bike shops
    • free electric car charging for staff at the charge points located in our Headington Hill and Wheatley car parks
    • discounted bus tickets with a BROOKESkey bus card. There is an £8 administration fee for the production of a BROOKESKey.
    • interest-free loans for bicycles and travel tickets (staff)
    • an on-site Car Club
    • the easitCARD and Totum (formerly the NUS Extra card), offering a variety of travel related discounts.
    • for more incentives visit the travel webpages

  • The award-winning BROOKESbus

    Since 2009, this service has moved nearly 22 million passengers – saving an estimated 1.5 million car journeys each year from Oxford’s roads. Nearly 40% of all BROOKESbus journeys in 2019 were made by community members, thus providing sustainable transport options for the wider community.

    In 2018, the University purchased six new micro-hybrid buses that reduced fuel consumption by 18% and CO2 emissions by 34% (compared to a baseline low-emission bus). This was partly a result of the innovative Gyro Drive System. This technology was the first in the country to be installed on a commercial bus service and was developed by an Oxford Brookes Alumnus, working with Williams Formula 1.

    The BROOKESbus vehicles were the first Euro 6 buses in Oxford and in turn exceed the minimum standard for operation in the Oxford Low Emission Zone.