Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
P3. Active Travel
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 27 February, 2013
The Trust has an established Travel Plan as part of its commitment to reduce carbon emissions, reduce single car occupancy and improve the health of the workforce. Staff are encouraged to cycle and walk to work in addition to making more effective use of public transport. The Trust has appointed a Green Transport Advisor who has been instrumental in developing the bike to work scheme and providing a wide range of infrastructure to support staff cycling to work. The Trusts 'Bike to Work' scheme has been set up through Cyclescheme Ltd and provides the option to select any bike and cycling equipment up to a retail price of £10,000. The Trust leases the cycle and accessories to staff over a 12 month period and staff are charged a monthly salary sacrifice payment. Membership of this scheme is publicised on the Trust intranet, internet: http://www.benefitseveryone.co.uk/bike-to-work-scheme/ , in the staff handbook, and is highlighted and made available to all new starters on joining the organisation.The Trust has worked in partnership with Newcastle City council to improve signage and secure storage for bikes. A varied range of bike lockers are available and two large secure bike compounds exist at the Freeman and RVI sites in addition to the existing racks and bike lockers. Pooled bikes are also provided to enable staff to try before you buy or just to use for commuting between sites. Annual Trust benefits events are used to publicise a healthy lifestyle including walking and cycling, with local bike companies being invited along to promote cycling. There are free cycle maps and leaflets available for staff to acquire and a host of general advice. The city councils road safety officer attends and a variety of walking maps are provided for short walks in an around the city. The Trust is involved with the city council and Tyneside Travel Partnership in a range of cycling initiatives. Also and through the Finding the Solutions Project via Cycle England (DfT), a regional cycle network and a regional NHS cycle webpage is being developed and is ongoing. Cycling events are promoted through the intranet and internet: http://www.benefitseveryone.co.uk/news/december-2012/ Shower facilities and secure cycle parking are available to staff on most Trust sites. As part of the broad Travel Plan, the following services are offered to staff: Dedicated Hopper buses for Trust staff operating on a frequent schedule between the three main Trust sites in Newcastle. Trust Travelscheme established to support staff in buying season tickets for public transport. The Trust purchases an annual travel pass on behalf of the applicant and the cost of the travel pass is then deducted in 12 affordable monthly instalments from salary through payroll deduction. The deductions are taxable as the scheme is not a salary sacrifice initiative. There are currently over 2,500 staff accessing the Trust Travelscheme. The Trust Travel Plan is reviewed every two years and staff surveys are carried out every 3-4 years, previous surveys have showed a modal shift away from car usage in excess of 25%.