Sustainable Travel Strategy

The objective of the Sustainable Travel Strategy project is to minimise the travel and transport impact of the University of Wolverhampton. We work to ensure that staff, student and visitor journeys to our campuses are convenient, sustainable and affordable.

Key objectives

We are proposing four key objectives within the overall scope of the strategy these are:

  • Minimising parking demands through the delivery of alternative sustainable travel and transport options.
  • To devise, consult and launch a new holistic set of travel and transport policies and procedures.
  • To devise, consult and deliver changes to the management of all university-owned or managed car parks including the potential of an online, needs-based (eligibility scheme) car park permit application system.
  • If required undertake an options appraisal for increasing capacity at City Campus.

Current & future initiatives

  • Reduce the need to travel and minimise the number of University business trips by providing technology and training to support location independent working and virtual meetings.
  • Provide travel advice and support to new students and staff as early as possible to ensure that they make fully informed and sustainable travel behaviour decisions from the outset.
  • Promote and encourage the use of sustainable transport for trips generated by the University (staff, students and visitors). We will use the provision and targeted marketing of relevant travel information, support and advice.
  • Encourage essential University business trips to be undertaken by sustainable modes, where possible and minimise the use of the grey fleet.
  • Work with Network West Midlands to provide ticketing advice, and investigate ticketing offers for staff and students.
  • Work alongside local councils to promote existing walking and cycling routes to campuses and lobby for improvements.
  • Provision of facilities to support walking and cycling.
  • Ensure necessary inter-campus travel is carried out using sustainable modes
  • Work closely with key stakeholders and transport operators to ensure the opportunities for supportive measures, funding and economies of scale are maximised.
  • Investigate the introduction of a sustainable car share scheme.
  • Manage the existing University car parking provision in a manner that prioritises capacity for those that have no reasonable alternative to travelling by car.

Electric Cars

Electric Cars are on the increase in the UK. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has reported that sales of hybrid vehicles more than doubled from 2014 to 2015 and that sales of pure electric cars have risen by about 50%. With government grants to help with the purchase price, plus ongoing investment in infrastructure, ownership of an electric car is a viable means of sustainable travel.

Charging Points

The university has taken advantage of government funding to install two electric car charging points at each of the main campus bases so you don't have to fork out for a power top up!

Charging is currently for free and spaces are reserved for electric cars only.

You can find the spaces as follows:

Campus Location
City At the back of MK, in the inter-site car park
Walsall At the back of WA, access is through the barrier off Gorway Road
Telford At the small car park adjacent to SB (Design and Technology) Building

Fair Use

We respectfully request that all-electric vehicle drivers adhere to the following code of conduct:

  • Follow all instructions on the charger and your vehicle.
  • Be safe, look after the cable.
  • Never use a cable that has been damaged or tampered with. Check the condition before plugging in.
  • Please leave your contact details and time of return on tag/board.
  • Please don’t charge just because it’s free if you don’t need to. Other users may need to use the charger.
  • Only occupy a charging bay while your car is being charged.
  • Do not unplug or otherwise tamper with another vehicle without the owner’s permission.
  • A polite note pointing out errors to other users is acceptable. Abusive comments will not be tolerated.