Transport Strategy

Why the University needs a Transport Strategy

To maintain its position at the forefront of global learning and research, the University’s Estate Strategy (2013-2018) plans for 43% growth in the functional estate, focussed on the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Old Road Campus, Science Area, and Begbroke Science Park.  This development across multiple sites, many outside the City centre, generates increased demand for transport, which needs to be planned for and met in a sustainable way.

How the strategy was developed

The Transport Strategy was informed by the travel patterns of all staff (including college staff), students and visitors, and consultation during 2013 across the four academic divisions, Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM)University Administration and Services (UAS) and the Conference of Colleges. The Strategy was adopted by Council in December 2014.


The Transport Strategy objectives seek to reduce the number of car journeys on the network, promote and improve the range and journey experience of sustainable transport, and reduce the University’s transport emissions of carbon and air pollution.


  • Demand management  The University’s limited parking resource is managed to ensure operational needs are met whilst staff with genuine need have fair opportunity to obtain parking. To ensure equity between those staff who have access to a parking permit and those who do not, peak permit charges are benchmarked against the equivalent cost of using the Park & Ride service.
    • Sustainable commuting Season ticket loans for public transport, a 15% discount on First Great Western trains through the Easit scheme, a 10% discount on bus services, cycle loan schemes, discounts and bike maintenance will continue to be promoted to staff.
    • Improving connectivity  To meet the University’s growing demand to travel between its central Oxford Science Area and Old Road Campus / Headington Hospitals, Begbroke Science Park and Harwell Campus, the  has been launched on a trial basis. Initially operated as an express private shuttle, the aspiration is for a zero emission, public transport service. 
    • Business travel  The University is investing in the Oxonbike bike sharing scheme and implementing electric bikes to serve University sites (including electric bikes), increasing cycling parking, and supporting departmental pool bikes for business travel.  Flexible working, including compressed working and homeworking, tele and video-conferencing avoid the need to travel and enable staff to work smarter.
  • Fleet management  We are increasing the uptake of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) in the University’s fleet of 124 road-going vehicles, and sharing fleet assets.
  • Freight and Servicing  We continue to explore greater co-ordination and consolidation of purchasing, delivery and distribution, reduce the number of delivery vehicles, and the use of zero emission delivery vehicles.
  • Key partners We lobby key partners for improvements to the highways network and  the quality and range of travel options for our staff, and work with other major employers, including the Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, to jointly improve travel options.


Delivery is funded by the Green Travel Fund, which is resourced by hypothecated parking revenues, ensuring all parking charges are used to improve sustainable travel options.