Hospital on target to deliver Sustainable Travel Plan

Since the launch of its Non-Patient Travel Plan in 2020, The Royal United Hospitals Bath (RUH) NHS Foundation Trust is on course to successfully deliver its ambitious five year sustainable travel strategy, meeting 92 per cent of its actions.

The plan informs and supports staff and visitors to travel to the Trust in a way which is environmentally and socially sustainable as well as cost-effective. The RUH is scaling up several initiatives alongside our community partners to reduce air pollution in the area, including:

  • More than doubling the cycle storage space onsite
  • Introducing an e-bike loan scheme for staff to trial
  • Children’s Therapies using an e-cargo bike to visit our patients in the community
  • Launching the “Join My Journey” staff car-sharing scheme
  • Offering e-scooter discounts and a salary sacrifice scheme for electric and ULEV cars
  • Supporting BANES “Kick the habit” campaign by encouraging everyone to turn their vehicle engines off when stationary
  • Increasing air quality monitoring
  • Increasing the value of bicycles available through the staff salary sacrifice cycle purchase scheme
  • Subsidising staff discount for travel on First Bus services
  • Encouraging the use of public transport, including Park & Ride facilities

Ruth McNab, RUH Sustainability Manager said: “We have been conducting staff surveys, running site audits and working closely with our community partners to reduce the negative environmental impacts of travel as well as enabling equal access, regardless of ability. I wanted to thank staff, patients and visitors for their energy and enthusiasm in ensuring that we make steadfast progress towards achieving our remaining sustainable travel targets by 2025.”

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