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Staff at Oxford Brookes University can take advantage of a range of transport discounts and offers.
Oxford Brookes staff can show their University photo ID card, for discounted fares on most buses operating within the Oxford City zone and certain Oxford to London coach services. Click here for further details.
BROOKESkeys are travel passes that can be used to purchase discounted trips on most Oxford Bus company services, operating within the city zone as well as discounted return tickets to London, Heathrow, and Gatwick. For more information, check the BROOKESkey webpage.
Staff on contracts of 12 months or longer are able to apply for an interest-free loan through the University in order to cover the cost of public transport season tickets. Repayments are deducted monthly from your salary for the period of your pass (e.g. 12 equal payments for a yearly pass).
The maximum loan amount is £5000. To apply for a loan, download and complete the Staff Loan Form. The form needs to be signed by yourself and your line manager and sent to the Transport Desk in Lloyd Building on Gipsy Lane. You can send a hard copy through the post or scan and email the document as an attachment.
If the loan is covering a season bus ticket (including BROOKESbus) then the order will be placed by the Transport Services Team and you will collect your pass from the Transport Service Desk once it is ready.
You will be liable for any outstanding payments should you leave the University before finishing the repayments. If you wish to keep the ticket, the remaining payments will be deducted from your final salary payment. If you do not wish to keep the card, hand it in to the Transport Services Team and we will arrange a cancellation. A refund for the outstanding duration of the ticket may be issued. This would be at the discretion of the bus company who issued the ticket.
If the loan is covering a season train ticket or bicycle then the total loan amount will be placed in your bank account and you will need to purchase the ticket. Once purchased, you will need to forward a copy of the receipt to Transport services.
As you will be purchasing the rail ticket or bicycle directly from the applicable company, you will be liable for any outstanding payments should you leave the University before finishing the repayments.
Easit is a national company who promote greener travel solutions. They offer various discounted travel offers as well as a journey share scheme called easitSHARE.
BROOKES Staff can register for a free easit account. Once registered, members are able to view a full list of travel discounts and can choose to apply for the easitCARD online and/or join the easitSHARE scheme.
Easit details can be found in the Easit travel page or on their website www.easit.org.uk.
Due to the high demand for parking within the Oxford ring road and limited car parking spaces being available at the Oxford BROOKES university car parks, The University has extended the Campus park and ride scheme.
This scheme sees staff committing to parking at either the Wheatley or Harcourt Campuses, rather than inside the Oxford Ring road. Members of the scheme will receive a travel pass on their BROOKESkey, to allow free unlimited travel on the BROOKES Buses.
This aims to not only reduce the demand for parking at the Oxford BROOKES University car parks, but to reduce traffic congestion and pollution within the Oxford ring road and encourage the use of public transport.
Please click here for a link to submit an application and review the terms and conditions.
Just like students, staff are able to apply for an NUS Extra card and enjoy a range of discounts such as:
10% discount off Advance Cross Country train tickets (Online only at crosscountrytrains.co.uk/nus or through the app)
25% discount off National Express bus tickets
10% discount off Megabus.com tickets
Apply for your NUS card by visiting www.nus.org.uk
The Bike Doctor offers an on-campus, while-you-wait maintenance and repair service. Labour is free - you only need to pay for parts.
Further details are available in the Travelling by bicycle web page.
Staff on contracts of 18-months or more can purchase a bicycle (and accessories) tax-free through the Government's Cyclescheme. The amount is paid off monthly as a deduction from your gross salary. Bikes must be purchased from a Cyclescheme partner retailer. For full details of the scheme, please visit HR's Cyclescheme webpage.
Remember if you are member of staff travelling for work purposes, you can make a expenses claim of 20p a mile. Just fill in an expenses claim form as normal.