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Access to Education: smarter travel choices for learners in Northamptonshire

Using locally-tailored packages we provide a real alternative to the car for trips to schools, colleges and universities, reducing congestion, improving journey reliability and boosting local economies.
The challenge

Local transport networks in Northampton are congested at peak times and unable to accommodate the significant population growth forecast for the area.

The biggest congestion hotspot in the city is the Kingsthorpe Corridor. The corridor links key business communities and is home to two university campuses and 12 schools, giving rise to 30,000 daily student journeys.

40% of the universities’ 1,500 staff live within three miles of the two campus sites and yet 68% are sole car occupants, responsible for over 2,000 car journeys every day.

High levels of on-street parking near the University contributes significantly to local congestion and restricts access to shops.

Congestion on the corridor is estimated to cost £69,000 daily, or over £2m per year.

The Solution

Northamptonshire is one of eight partner local authorities in the Access to Education programme, led by Devon County Council and coordinated by Sustrans.

Using locally-tailored packages we provide a real alternative to the car for trips to schools, colleges and universities, reducing congestion, improving journey reliability and boosting local economies.

In Northampton, local initiatives include:

  • Intensive engagement from two Sustrans officers working with 12 schools and the University of Northampton
  • personalised travel planning-style advice for parents, staff, and students
  • installation of cycle parking at schools, colleges and the university
  • a programme of highway safety improvements, including new crossings
  • initiation of Cycle to Work schemes.

Funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund

Led by Devon County Council, with Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Leeds City Council, Kirklees Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Northamptonshire County Council and Cornwall Council.

The difference

By March 2015 the programme aims to deliver:

  • a total decrease in annual car journeys of 2,372,296
  • a total expected decrease in annual car km travelled of 9,646,727
  • £42.8m in total economic benefits
Find out more

Find out more information about our work with universities and colleges.