• 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

    All of our fleet of BROOKESbuses have been installed with the innovative Gyro Drive System. This has resulted in up to 18% fuel saving and a 17% reduction in CO2 emissions. 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. The bus technology saves up to 95% of the harmful NOx emissions compared to a Euro 5 vehicle, and in doing so exceeded the minimum standard for operation in the Oxford Low Emission Zone.

    In 2018 we are launching 6 brand new buses in the fleet to continue with our successful partnership with the Oxford Bus Company.

    The BROOKESbus project won the Green Apple Award for Carbon Reduction in 2015 and was a finalist for the Green Gown Award for Carbon Reduction in 2015. In 2016 Oxford Brookes won Green World Ambassador Status and in 2017 won the prestigious CUBO award for Business Partnership of the year for our work with Oxford Bus Company.