Bradford College Green Travel Plan

We take our commitment to the environment seriously.  That’s why we aim to ensure that traffic and travel to and from Bradford College is undertaken in an environmentally responsible manner.

The main aims of the Green Travel Plan are to:

  • ensure the safety of road and car park users
  • discourage one-person car commuting, where reasonable alternatives are available

There are many ways to get to our College campuses and around Bradford. Find out here about the different options, so you can choose the ones that are best for your journey.

Public transport in the Bradford area

Bradford and surrounding area has an excellent bus and train service.

Bradford Interchange is a major hub for local bus services, intercity coaches, and rail with direct trains to Leeds, Halifax and Manchester. Walk time to the main College campus is about 15 minutes.

Bradford Forster Square train station has direct trains to Skipton, Ilkley and Leeds. Walk time to the main College campus is about 15 minutes.

Public transport: the best ticket for you in West Yorkshire

Deciding on the best ticket for you depends on lots of things. What age you are, how regularly you travel and the kind of journeys you make.

There are about a dozen companies running bus services in Bradford district – the main ones are First, Arriva and Transdev. All the operators sell bus tickets for their own services, but there is also a ticket called MetroCard which may be used on any buses in West Yorkshire (plus trains, if required). MetroCards are particularly useful if your journey involves travel on buses run by different operators, or if you use both bus and train for your journey.

It is also possible to purchase rail season tickets for regular use between any two railway stations (not just West Yorkshire). 

 To find out more about the right tickets for you visit: 

Corporate MetroCard

For staff, there is a 15% discount off annual Corporate MetroCards. This annual ticket allows you to travel on almost any bus in West Yorkshire plus, as an added option, trains within a pre-selected zone at any day and at anytime.

Staff can join at three points during the year and pay for their cards through their salary. 

Planning your journey

To plan your journey anywhere within Britain by public transport or by car why not use the online journey planner at www.transportdirect.info. You can even use their journey planner for trips by bicycle within West Yorkshire.

Within West Yorkshire there are many ways of keeping in touch about public transport:

  • If you would prefer to speak with someone, for journeys in West Yorkshire, just phone MetroLine on 0113 245 7676
  • To find out more about Metro’s useful real-time service for buses “yournextbus” visit Metro’s website
  • Within the College, travel information is available at main reception desks

Walking

For journeys of less than 2 miles, walking is an easy and cheap way of getting to work and it’s quicker than you think. One mile could take you just 15 minutes, depending on your walking speed. Walking to College, even just one or two days per week, is a great way to build valuable exercise into your daily routine, or try walking as part of your commute. Why not find a friend or colleague who can walk part of the journey with you? You can plan a walking route at the walkit.com website. Find out more about walking for leisure around Bradford

 

Cycling

Cycling is a great way to travel to work and keep fit at the same time. It can take only five minutes to cycle one mile, so if you live within five miles of the College, you can be on the campus in less than half an hour, keeping fit and saving money at the same time.

The College is doing lots to encourage cycling:

  • The Bradford BikeHub is a partnership project that we are supporting. Whether you are new to cycling or a committed cyclist, you can benefit from low cost recycled bicycles, repairs, training workshops, good advice and group activities.
  • For staff we operate the Ride2Work scheme which is a way of purchasing a bicycle and accessories so you can commute to work: tax and National Insurance incentives means you could save up to 20% off the cost of a new bike. 
  • Better Bike Facilities – in the last year we substantially improved the bike facilities for students and staff, increasing the security and avaialability of bike parking. 

Useful information, including downloadable maps and journey planners, are available on the City Connect website.

For further advice and information please contact the College’s Cycling Champion Zaid Bashir [email protected]
Find out more about cycling at Bradford College.

Car sharing

The cost of driving just keeps on going up so car sharing can save you money on fuel, car parking and can make a frustrating journey that much better. Thousands of people travel into Bradford each day, and over 700 have registered their journeys on the carshare website. This is a free service that anyone may use.

For staff, we have a private group on the website where you can offer a lift, receive a lift or share a journey to anywhere, whether it is a work or a leisure trip. You can tailor the service to meet your needs – time of day, frequency, male or female, smoker or non-smoker. The Bradford College Liftshare scheme is available at https://wy.liftshare.com/default.asp.

To find out more contact the College’s car share champion Pam Sheldon [email protected]

Think Smart – Be Safe

College issues safety packs to staff and students via the Think Smart – Be Safe campaign, working in partnership with West Yorkshire Police and Bradford University. 

The packs include a personal attack alarms, ultraviolet markers and a number of other personal safety items. You can visit our Stay Safe pages for more information and advice.

Campus Watch Scheme

Campus Watch Scheme - We hope both the travel plan and safety and security initiatives will continue to improve the campus environment.