Sustainability

Travel and Transport

The University recognises the need to deliver travel services to enable student and staff to travel safely, efficiently and responsibly between its three main campus sites.

Key highlights

  • We operate zero and low carbon buses and coaches.
  • We have two fully-electric inter-campus buses - we are one of first universities to offer such a service.
  • We have an ambitious target of 50% reduction in business travel carbon by 2027.
  • Financial support is available to encourage active and public transport travel for staff and students.

Our Transport Plan provides the context and the approaches being made to enable users to reduce their car dependency, using alternative, healthy and low carbon options. A travel plan aims to reduce car use and increase sustainable modes of transport (walking, cycling and public transport) but the benefits go beyond the environment and extend to health, fitness and wellbeing.

Click here for travel information about how to get to our campuses.

The below travel hierarchy illustrates what questions we need to ask ourselves to identify whether transport is required, and what modes are available. The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has highlighted the advancing flexibility of technology, and how we can adapt to these changing circumstances whilst enabling studying and work to continue.

Travel Hierachy

The Transport Team undertake research into the commuting habits of staff to better understand modal split and also to help calculate the Scope 3 Carbon emissions from these activities. This is published with the Sustainability Annual Reports and contribute towards our total carbon footprint analysis. Over the past few years we have been working hard to increase alternative options, with decreasing the carbon footprint and utilising innovative new technologies.

Recent Transport Innovations at Greenwich

  • In September 2020 we added two hybrid coaches to our fleet. Taking students to and from the Medway campus, these coaches use 8mpg compared to 13mpg of the ones they replaced. Additionally they have WIFI and USB charges on board. Taking you there in style.
  • Following a trial, the University is investing into two new electric buses to take students and staff between Greenwich and Avery Hill.
  • There is a car share scheme, save money and help the environment. Operated by Liftshare.com with links to University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University.
  • The University has invested in a range of electrical vehicles and low emission vehicles that you will see around our campuses that help cut carbon and air pollution.
  • There are a number of bicycle racks and secure lockers around each campus, making cycling to campus a lot easier.
  • Discounted Arriva bus tickets in Medwayto help public transport use and making it more affordable to do so.