Sustainable Travel Plan and Policy – Tops Musgrove

Address: Tops Day Nursery, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, Somerset,

TA1 5BZ

 

Please also refer to separate policies on Cycle to Work Scheme, Electric Bike Policy, Environmental Policy, Flexible Working, Vehicles, and Driving Policy, and to Staff Handbook and CSR Policy.

 

Introduction

Measures to promote sustainable travel and strategies are in place to promote the use of public transport, car sharing, walking, cycling, electric bikes and electric cars/vans. The health benefits of walking and cycling to staff are promoted. Most staff live within the area and already use sustainable travel to get to work.

 

Walking

Walking is the most sustainable method of travel, has a number of proven health benefits and is an important source of personal freedom. Walking is important for the vast majority of people, including those using public transport or without access to a car. It has the potential to play an important role in journeys to work, particularly for those living within two miles of their workplace. Walking is a form of active travel, which can offer a range of physical and psychological benefits to the individual.

 

Cycling

Cycling is cheap, offers reliable journey times and is environmentally friendly. Within the workplace, encouragement of cycling can lead to a healthier, more productive workforce.

A link has been identified between car growth and obesity, with both trends increasing at a similar rate between 1985 and 2000. Travel Plans offer substantial health benefits to individuals who are motivated to complete more journeys on foot or by bicycle. In turn, employers can benefit through increased productivity and reduced absence through illness.

The company operate the “Cycle to Work Scheme” enabling employees to purchase bicycles and associated safety equipment through salary sacrifice. This means that employees are able to receive Income Tax and National Insurance savings on the retail price of their chosen bike and safety equipment package. The scheme is administered through a salary sacrifice agreement and is run in accordance with the Government’s Sustainable Travel Plan. Staff can select any model of bike up to a value of £300 pa through independent bike shops taking part in this scheme, thereby providing business to the local community.

The Company also has a fleet of 4 electric bicycles which are currently lent to staff who do not have access to a bicycle at home. The Company are considering increasing this provision by a further 2 electric bicycles.

 

The Company encourage, support and facilitate cycling by:

  • providing lockers
  • providing bicycle parking
  • bicycle loan/tax free scheme for employees
  • discounts on bicycles and accessory purchases
  • marketing of cycling (e.g. health aspects)

And offer the following subject to demand

  • bicycle training
  • bicycle buddy scheme
  • cyclist events
  • cyclist users group

Tops Day Nurseries Musgrove has access to Musgrove Park Hospital’s bike shelters, these are sheltered however not lockable. Bikes will need to be padlocked onto the provided metal poles. The bike shed is located outside the front of the nursery.

Public Transport Access

Public transport remains important, particularly for journeys to work of more than 5 miles (8km). Its benefits include:

  • No need to park.
  • Traffic free routes (with rail or bus priority existing within certain areas)
  • Being able to relax, read or work (particularly beneficial for business travel)

The Company will encourage and support the use of public transport for commuting to Musgrove by continuing with the following:

  • Subsidised bus season tickets. (The local bus firms are First Group/Buses of Somerset)
  • Bus season ticket loans

Bus stops closest to Musgrove:

Musgrove Park Hospital (outside A&E department) is a 5 minute walk – Take the Park and Ride from Town Centre to Silk Mills

Wellington Road (drop off cemetery) is a 15 minute walk – Take the 22 bus from Town Centre to Taunton College

Access by Train

The nearest train station is Taunton, which is on the main line between Bristol and Plymouth. Taunton train station is approximately a 35 minute walk or a 10 minute taxi drive to Tops Musgrove. Buses of Somerset run a service from Taunton Train Station to the Town Centre every 10-15 minutes, once at the Town Centre take the Park and Ride bus to Musgrove Park Hospital, this takes approximately 30 minutes.

 

Managing car use

It is important that car use and parking are managed.
Where the only option is to transport by vehicle, mapping of staff journeys is used to aid implementing car sharing. ‘Car Sharing’ refers to a situation where two or more people travel by car together, for all or part of the car trip.
These initiatives work and greatly reduce car use, benefiting the health and well-being of staff and generally increasing the quality of life with the added benefit of reducing the carbon footprint.
Tops Day Nurseries Musgrove has an electric car charging point on site. The point is located in the Tops Musgrove vehicle bay adjacent to the nursery.
Expenses are not paid for students attending training for solo car use if they are able to share.
There are permit parking spaces in Musgrove Park Hospital multi-storey car park, which are applied for and paid for by staff to Q Park. Staff who wish to park onsite and do not hold a permit will have to pay £10.60 per day if staying over 4 hours.
There is on-street and some off-street parking within the surrounding area, however the hospital is surrounded by single yellow lines that have parking restrictions on these. If parking offsite, free parking is offered on road at College Way, which is a 13 minute walk

Parking is also available at the park and ride at Silk Mills, where the bus will bring you into the bus stop at the hospital. This bus takes approximately 20-30 minutes. The bus tickets cost £2.50 return if used after 10am. Silk Mills Park and Ride is located on the A3065, for sat navs TA1 5AA.

Van use

The Company have some electric vans and cars, and a charging point at the nursery. Employees are able to borrow nursery vehicles if not being used for company business.

Accessibility

There are disabled parking spaces at Musgrove Park Hospital car park which can be used with a permit. The yellow chevrons outside the nursery building on site can also be used for disabled access. This area is also used by Tops Day Nursery parents and visitors.

 

 

 

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