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All the latest sustainable travel news: 

Staff and student travel survey 2018

From 1st to 31st October the University will be running the staff and student travel survey.  The travel survey enables the University to identify staff and student travel patterns, issues around travel and introduce new solutions for more sustainable travel.

The survey will only take 5 minutes to complete and there are prizes on offer for filling it out.  The link to the survey is below. 

A summary of the 2016 results is shown below

15183 - Headline statistics for travel survey infographic – University of Birmingham (ONLINE USE) AW

 The 2016 report and more info on what we have done since can be found here

Local cycling route improvements

The proposed cycle track along the A38 Bristol Road from Selly Oak to the City Centre has finally been approved and work is set to begin in March 2018.  This route will provide a safe, high quality and segregated cycle track from the gates of the University to the town centre.  More information on the scheme can be found here.  

In addition to the A38 cycling track the Canal and River Trust are currently working to widen the canal towpath inside the Edgbaston Tunnel.  Anybody who has jogged, walked or cycled through this tunnel will welcome this works as it is very narrow currently.  The towpath is currently closed between The Vale and 5 Ways to enable these works and is due to reopen in April.  More info on the closure here.  If you need an alternative route to walk or cycle safely to the city centre whilst the canal is closed the Rea Valley route is located close to campus and offers a safe and pleasant alternative:

Artists Impression - A38 - Section B

University of Birmingham recognised for efforts to promote and enable sustainable travel

The Universities 'Smartmover' initiative to encourage and enable sustainable travel to campus has been recognised as part of the 'Making Birmingham Greener and Healthier Awards' run by Birmingham City Council.  We won the 'Birmingham Connected Sustainable Travel Award' at an event at the Council House last week.  More info here: 


Above: The Universities Sustainable Travel Co-ordinator Peter Edwards and Sustainable Logistics Manager Monica Guise accept the award!

New £1 fare from National Express for University of Birmingham staff and students

National Express have recently introduced a new £1 fare for journeys between Selly Oak and the city centre. 

NXWM Selly Oak Uni Hop A5 Front



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Canal improvements great for walking and cycling

As well as the access to the canal being improved at University station the towpath itself has been completely resurfaced to make it more attractive to walkers, joggers and cyclists.  You can cycle to the city centre in 20 minutes completely traffic free or go the other way towards Selly Oak and Bournville.This is a brilliant transport link that staff and students can take advantage of.