With a community of over 15,000 students and 1,600 staff, Staffordshire University acknowledges that it generates a significant amount of travel and subsequent impact in and around the local area. Perhaps one of the most obvious and detrimental impacts of staff and student travel is single occupancy car journeys and the associated problem of road congestion.
Traffic congestion affects us all, irrespective of our travel mode, the impacts of which include:
- Wasted time and delays impinging on our daily work and home lives
- Wasted fuel sitting in traffic congestion, especially single occupancy vehicles, greatly increases air pollution which can contribute to climate change and local urban air quality and respiratory health
- An increase in the wear and tear on vehicles as a result of idling in traffic and frequent acceleration and braking
- Stressed and frustrated road users