Tops Day Nursery Portsmouth, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Southwick Hill Road, Cosham, Portsmouth, PO6 3LY
Please also refer to separate policies on Cycle to Work Scheme, Electric Bike Policy, Environmental Policy, company electric cars, Flexible Working, Vehicles, and Driving Policy, and to Staff Handbook and CSR Policy.
Measures to promote sustainable travel and strategies are in place to promote the use of public transport, car sharing, walking, and cycling. 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 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 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. Hadland Care Group are considering increasing this provision by a further 2 electric bicycles.
The Company encourage, support and facilitate cycling by:
- providing a shower and lockers
- providing bicycle parking
- security – new bicycle parking behind fence
- 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
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)
- Being able to relax, read or work (particularly beneficial for business travel)
Access to public transport is very good in the location of Tops Portsmouth, First Buses and Stagecoach providing regular services with bus stops a short walk away.
The Company will encourage and support the use of public transport for commuting to Tops Portsmouth by continuing with the following:
- Bus season ticket loans
Bus stops closest to Tops Portsmouth
Queen Alexandra Hospital bus stops, both First and Stagecoach buses service to these stops. Bus services run frequently between 10-30 minutes depending on the service number.
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.
Expenses are not paid for students attending training for solo car use if they are able to share.
No parking is allowed as the car park is private property owned by the hospital. Staff can apply for a parking permit which is charged on a monthly basis. The charge is a direct deduction from the employee’s pay. Parking permit applications can be obtained from the nursery administration team along with a staff deductions form. Any cars parked without a permit in a bay will attract a parking ticket served by the car parking team at the hospital. There is a drop off zone for parents to use and are informed they must not park in a bay. Onsite there are numerous pay and display car parks but this charge will need to be paid by the driver. Within the local community there is road parking but restrictions apply for stay.
The Company have an electric van, and a charging point at Wollaston Road and this van will normally be parked on site (once builders fencing has been removed) but will often be visiting the other sites during the day.
There are no direct disabled bays outside the nursery but numerous bays where you can pay and display at a discounted rate when a blue badge is displayed.