The Challenge

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) provides integrated health and care services across Exeter and East and Mid Devon. With about 8,000 staff, it manages a large acute teaching hospital, twelve community sites and provides acute and community services to a core population of over 450,000.

The RD&E is currently Exeter’s largest peak time road user in terms of commuter traffic and experiences an increasing demand for parking spaces from both visitors and staff that outweighs the current onsite provision.

The RD&E is one of the board members of Exeter City Futures, and ECF CIC has committed to 12 sustainability goals which form the backdrop to the vision for the city.  One of those goals includes reducing the dominance of private car usage within the city.

In addition to this, Exeter City Council has declared a climate emergency and ECF is currently producing the council’s carbon-zero roadmap to deliver on the climate emergency goals set down by the council.

The roadmap allows for options for the reduction, and eventual removal, of private car usage within the city against an integrated provision of suitable alternatives that provide the right mobility solution for citizens and uphold the carbon free agenda.

Our Solution

A full transport analysis was prepared for the Royal Devon & Exeter Trust to define the scale of the challenge regarding staff and patient mobility, access to work and the impact of this travel on both the Trust, and the city in its journey to carbon neutrality.

From this baseline data GCF was commissioned to deliver a strategic business case for innovative solutions to address low carbon transport to and from the NHS site.

GCFs work allows the Trust to spearhead efforts to embrace car free mobility solutions, including those on the new Key Worker Accommodation site, and to use these solutions to provide tangible benefits.

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