Students and staff ready to ditch cars

Echo: Students and staff ready to ditch cars Students and staff ready to ditch cars

THE new £45million college campus coming to south Essex this summer will have just 74 car parking spaces...as college bosses aim to encourage pupils and staff to ditch their cars.

And management have even devised a tailor-made travel plan, which they hope will see 2,000 students, and 150 staff members, at the New Road campus, in Grays, make use of “superior” public transport links and highquality, secure cycle parking facilities.

To crack down on car use, the college claims it will introduce a “robust criteriabased car parking policy”, which will give priority to those travelling between campuses regularly.

Others choosing to travel by car will also be encouraged to park in any one of the town’s eight car parks.

Anthony McGarel, deputy chief executive, said: “The college has produced an extensive, sustainable travel plan aimed at students and staff.

“It includes the use of town centre car parking spaces, cycle schemes and car sharing schemes, to name but a few.

“Staff, along with students, will also be encouraged to use the public transport links to the town centre, with the new campus being only 150 metres from the nearest c2c train station and an extensive bus network in and out of town.

“The college is also in talks regarding potential moneysaving schemes for both students and staff alike with c2c.”

There will also be 166 onsite cycle parking spaces.

Currently, 78 per cent of staff and 69 per cent of pupils live more than three miles from the current college campus at Woodview.

But current Level 2 Hair and Make-up student, Sophie Butten, 16, from Grays, is one of those who will be making the most of the opportunity.

She said: “I’ll be walking to the new campus and it will only take five minutes.

“The current campus is in the middle of nowhere. Being in the High Street will just give you lots of choice and options. I can’t wait.”

Thurrock Council is due to make a final decision on the college’s Travel Plan at the end of this week.

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6:35pm Sat 31 May 14

Little John says...

Not sure this is a good idea. Over 2000 pupils and staff with only 74 car parking spaces? OK, it's near a train station but in order for that to work, all that either work or attend the new college need to LIVE near a station to be able to walk there. Apart from that, the cost of rail travel on a daily basis has got to be more expensive than the cost of fuel. Car parks are expensive, especially car parks used by commuters near stations. The students won't be able to afford the charges so are likely to find parking in a residential street nearby. Same with the staff that will want to avoid the charges. You only need to look at the chaos in the residential streets caused by workers parking all day working at RBS to see what the likely outcome will be. Another thing, what about when workmen need to park at the campus. People like electricians, plumbers etc. With only 74 spaces that are bound to be totally full all the time, even more cars and vans are destined to appear in the local residential streets. Glad I don't live near the new campus.
Not sure this is a good idea. Over 2000 pupils and staff with only 74 car parking spaces? OK, it's near a train station but in order for that to work, all that either work or attend the new college need to LIVE near a station to be able to walk there. Apart from that, the cost of rail travel on a daily basis has got to be more expensive than the cost of fuel. Car parks are expensive, especially car parks used by commuters near stations. The students won't be able to afford the charges so are likely to find parking in a residential street nearby. Same with the staff that will want to avoid the charges. You only need to look at the chaos in the residential streets caused by workers parking all day working at RBS to see what the likely outcome will be. Another thing, what about when workmen need to park at the campus. People like electricians, plumbers etc. With only 74 spaces that are bound to be totally full all the time, even more cars and vans are destined to appear in the local residential streets. Glad I don't live near the new campus. Little John
  • Score: 26

10:10pm Sat 31 May 14

jolllyboy says...

Why colleges and campus are in the centre of small towns I dont know - it just makes other people want to shop elsewhere.
Why colleges and campus are in the centre of small towns I dont know - it just makes other people want to shop elsewhere. jolllyboy
  • Score: 12

1:17am Sun 1 Jun 14

imnotanimby says...

This is a backward step and an attempt to force people to act in a certain way by removing choice (no doubt to achieve some dubious carbon footprint claims). By all means move the college nearer to public transport routes which will give people the 'choice' to use these but have the decency to keep the 'choice' not to for those who cannot afford this option! All businesses and organisations that want to keep and grow custom/client bases offer 'choice' so lets hope that the students and staff don't vote with their feet (or in this case, wheels!)
This is a backward step and an attempt to force people to act in a certain way by removing choice (no doubt to achieve some dubious carbon footprint claims). By all means move the college nearer to public transport routes which will give people the 'choice' to use these but have the decency to keep the 'choice' not to for those who cannot afford this option! All businesses and organisations that want to keep and grow custom/client bases offer 'choice' so lets hope that the students and staff don't vote with their feet (or in this case, wheels!) imnotanimby
  • Score: 18

1:45am Sun 1 Jun 14

heartbeat says...

Ridiculous with the price of bus and train fares being so high, and bus service levels in particular being so unreliable and inconvenient with finishing early. All useless for anyone who doesn't live near a station anyway. Fares in this area are massively high compared with general levels of student income, or minimum wage jobs. Until there is some positive news about reduced fares I don't really think there's a lot to be self-congratulating about! And I agree - really glad I don't live in the vicinity.
Ridiculous with the price of bus and train fares being so high, and bus service levels in particular being so unreliable and inconvenient with finishing early. All useless for anyone who doesn't live near a station anyway. Fares in this area are massively high compared with general levels of student income, or minimum wage jobs. Until there is some positive news about reduced fares I don't really think there's a lot to be self-congratulating about! And I agree - really glad I don't live in the vicinity. heartbeat
  • Score: 19

1:29pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Nebs says...

If they want to cut down congestion then change the student day from 9 to 5 so as they aren't travelling at the same time as everyone else. Make it 11 to 7, then as well as spreading the traffic over the day any students using trains could benefit from off peak fares.
If they want to cut down congestion then change the student day from 9 to 5 so as they aren't travelling at the same time as everyone else. Make it 11 to 7, then as well as spreading the traffic over the day any students using trains could benefit from off peak fares. Nebs
  • Score: 5

5:17pm Sun 1 Jun 14

abd123 says...

The only comment is from a girl too young to drive and lives 5 mins walk away. I think it would be more informative to hear from people living a long way away and who drive. I guess they will be parking in the streets.
The only comment is from a girl too young to drive and lives 5 mins walk away. I think it would be more informative to hear from people living a long way away and who drive. I guess they will be parking in the streets. abd123
  • Score: 7

11:08pm Sun 1 Jun 14

woolstone says...

It always amazes me when idiots come up with these ideas, all that will happen is they will park in streets around the college. All they will manage to do is create problems for residents. I hope they voice their opinion strongly to the college.
It always amazes me when idiots come up with these ideas, all that will happen is they will park in streets around the college. All they will manage to do is create problems for residents. I hope they voice their opinion strongly to the college. woolstone
  • Score: 8

9:33am Mon 2 Jun 14

Broadwaywatch says...

Well that's already all the spaces taken up by administration staff and security so now what about those at the face...the lecturers and learning support staff?
Well that's already all the spaces taken up by administration staff and security so now what about those at the face...the lecturers and learning support staff? Broadwaywatch
  • Score: 3

3:40pm Mon 2 Jun 14

polgoppet says...

No doubt the senior management will have reserved spaces for thier comfy cars. This institution is PC crazy, led by people who simply don't appear to live in the real world.
No doubt the senior management will have reserved spaces for thier comfy cars. This institution is PC crazy, led by people who simply don't appear to live in the real world. polgoppet
  • Score: 3

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