The University is supporting staff to make alternative choices with a variety of discounts and offers available for staff using public transport, car share and bike to work schemes.
A summary of benefits is outlined below but for latest information, please go directly to the Staff Benefits pages: https://hr.leeds.ac.uk/homepage/5/benefits
Staff Bike Hire Scheme – now 3 month and 1 month options available! Want a short term and affordable opportunity to try cycling? In addition to our regular hire offer (3 months, regular hybrid bike), The Bike Hub has launched a 1 month Try Cycling offer, allowing University of Leeds staff to try an electric, folding Brompton or a regular hybrid bike on a short term to give it a go. More information is found at:http://sustainability.leeds.ac.uk/sustainable-transport/bike-hire/
Cycle to Work Scheme: Interested in buying a brand new bike to travel to work? We operate a cycle to work scheme which enables you to save money, keep fit and avoid parking problems by hiring a brand new bicycle and safety equipment which you will own at the end of the payment term.
This is a salary sacrifice arrangement, you save tax and national insurance contributions on the cost of the bike and equipment. You can choose your bike and kit from the shop yourself and own it after the hire period. For more information about this scheme please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
or 0113 343 3966
Cycling on University business: Did you know that 20p per mile can be claimed by staff for using your bike on University business?
For further information please take a look at the following link.
You can also find useful guidance about business travel here
. When completing the University e-expense claim for bike mileage, there’s a drop down list at the bottom of the first page under the “Mileage” heading.
MCard: Interested in getting the train or bus to work?
The University is part of the West Yorkshire Travel Plan Network
and as part of that we can offer staff discounted travel passes. Get 12% off the cost of travelling on buses and trains in the West Yorkshire area. You can purchase the new annual smart enabled MCard and pay in equal monthly installments direct from your salary. For more information about costs, how and when to apply for a discounted MCard please visit the staff benefits pages
Cityzap bus: Regularly travel from York to Leeds? Get a return ticket for £6!
As part of the University travel planning work, we are looking at ways in which we can extend and improve transport offers and discounts for staff who live outside of the West Yorkshire region which is something that has been a theme in annual travel survey results feedback. We are excited to announce that all staff and students from the University and the NHS can now get a discounted return day ticket for £6 (normally £8.50) from York to Leeds on a new fast intercity bus service called Cityzap which uses GPS to avoid traffic to ensure the fastest route for each journey.
You just need to show your staff ID on the bus in order to get this offer and please visit their website more details on the locations of bus stops http://www.cityzap.co.uk
. We are hopeful that this will lead to further more permanent discounts on bus services for staff that travel from Ripon, Harrogate and York areas.
Firstbus: Interested in getting a discounted bus pass?
The University of Leeds is part of the Firstbus corporate travel group which means staff can get access to a 5% discount on monthly travel passes throughout either West Yorkshire or Leeds. All you need to do is ring up Firstbus quoting your payroll number to get your pass. For more information about this including costs click here
Rail Loan Scheme: Looking to purchase a train season ticket?
Look no further! As part of our commitment to lower car usage and to encourage the use of public transport the University offers interest free loans up to £3,000
for annual train season tickets. With an annual season ticket, you only pay for 40 weeks travel and get 12 weeks free between two chosen stations, any time, seven days a week. For information about terms and conditions and how to apply click here
**If the cost of your ticket is more than £3,000 you can contact the Staff Benefits team to discuss this on either email@example.com
or 0113 343 3966**
We are currently working on improving our staff travel benefits offer. If you have any suggestions on how we can develop it please get in touch with us to share your thoughts via firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always looking for new ways to do things!