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Durham University


Integrated Sustainable Travel Plan

Durham University is one of the world’s great universities and one of the most distinctive. We are located in a high-quality environment and are committed to maintaining, and wherever possible, improving the quality of our environment, both for the people who live, work and study in the University and for the wider community. This commitment is reflected in our policies, which seek to make us one of the most environmentally sustainable universities in the UK.

The University is also a signatory of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Accord and the proposals in our Integrated Sustainable Travel Plan (ISTP) 2020-2025 directly support the following SDGs, Good Health and Well-Being, Sustainable Cities and Communities and Climate Action.

To help us achieve this we will ensure all members of our University community are fully aware of their environmental and social impacts, personal and collective and encourage them all to develop a sustainable approach to their work and lifestyle. The University is therefore committed to helping all staff and students, working with local communities, to live more sustainably, with respect to the environment and society.

The University also needs to play a strong part in assisting to reduce congestion and air pollution and improve air quality, cycling and pedestrian safety for our students, employees and local residents in and around Durham City. Therefore, it is in the interests of all our employees, students, the University and Durham City, that we will aim to do what we can to help people out of their cars wherever possible: to walk, cycle or use public transport whenever feasible.

Thefore we need to make the best use of existing facilities, manage travel demands and promote the use of more sustainable modes of travel. To this effect, staff Corporate Discount Schemes are in place for travel on rail and bus services. The University also has its own on-line car share scheme, electrical vehicle charging points are situated across the Estate for staff, students and visitor use and for those interested in cycling, we a cycle route within our grounds, secure bike storage facilities to access colleges and departments and a Bicycle User Groups have also been established. Staff and students are also able to take advantage of discounted travel on all Arriva bus services within their Durham District Zone, enabling unlimted travel for £1 per day.

A review of the Action Plan and Objectives for our Sustainable Travel Plan 2014-20 is also available.