Keywords: commuting, parking restraints, public transport provision, home working, car sharing, change management, car parking, service quality, UK, United Kingdom, higher education, University of East London, congestion, car use
The practical problems faced by the University of East London in meeting the parking restraints within PPG13
In increasing usage of its Docklands campus, the University of East London is subject to limits on parking provision, guidance for which is given in PPG13. Commuters balance opportunity costs when assessing their willingness to pay to commute. Staff members display opposing views with respect to their reliance on the car, but the car users both justify the need, which depends upon their home location and alternative provision, and articulate the difficulties in changing practice. The government is encouraging the use of car share schemes which could potentially be a viable solution. Compressed working weeks or home working depend upon the nature of teaching staff duties and must be supported by management and technology if a cultural change can be achieved that continues to provide a quality service for the students.