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