Queen Mary's College

Background 

Queen Mary’s College (QMC) are a high-achieving sixth form college based in Basingstoke, Hampshire that caters to young people over 16 years old. The College is committed to and values equality, diversity, and inclusion and actively strives for the betterment of young learners of all abilities. Comprised of over 2000 students, a challenge for QMC involved reducing private car usage on its leafy campus and easing on-site parking. 

Our transport solution 

Mortons Travel, part of National Express Transport Solutions, has been providing home-to-school coach services for QMC since 2010. 

Mortons Travel runs 3 routes carrying on average 60-100 students a day. With access to over 10,000 vehicles, Mortons are in the unique position to be able to offer QMC flexibility in the type of vehicles they require. 2 of the 3 home-to-school routes are served by a high-capacity coach, whilst a double-decker bus serves the third route. 

Providing safe and comfortable school transportation is of the utmost importance to Mortons Travel. All school coach hire vehicles used within the National Express Transport Solutions fleet feature the following safety systems: Alco-lock units, CCTV, Driver telematics system, seatbelts and tracking devices. Additionally, all Mortons Travel drivers are fully DBS checked and are required to participate in our thorough Driver Development Programme. 

Environmental Impact 

Here's how the environmental impact of the 3 home-to-school routes run by Mortons Travel highlights the positive environmental impact of hiring a coach for school travel in comparison to other modes of transportation. 

Queen Mary's College
Queen Mary's College

*All passenger cars are assumed to be single-occupancy vehicles.

*All data from Department of Transport statistics. Emissions from journeys across the United Kingdom, by mode, 2021.

Quote

“Queen Mary’s Sixth Form College has a longstanding association with Mortons Travel. We have used their services for our contracted bus routes and ad hoc offsite trips for many years.

QMC operate seven regular services to and from our outlying areas to College on a daily basis throughout the academic year. Mortons response to our tender process has always been timely, professional and highly competitive. The Team at Mortons offer quality vehicles and exemplary customer service, whether that is to the student users, or the staff overseeing the contract. Where possible, Mortons are flexible in responding to any small changes we may need to make to our regular routes to accommodate the specific needs of our students.

College transport is an excellent way for us to provide cost-effective travel options to our students from areas that do not enjoy direct public transport links. Mortons provide a safe, value for money, reliable service. This gives both the College and our student's peace of mind. It also discourages reliance on private cars and eases pressure on parking, both on College grounds and in the surrounding neighbourhood which is of vital importance to the College and our Green Travel targets.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Mortons as a travel service provider.”

Caroline Watson,

Assistant Principal

Queen Mary’s College

Sources and references

Greenhouse gas emissions are expressed in Carbon Dioxide equivalents (CO2e) per passenger kilometre (km). g CO2e = grams of Carbon Dioxide equivalents. g CO2e/passenger km for the modes of transport shown above are:

33.5 g - Coach

43.1 g - National Rail

43.4 g - Electric Car (1 person)

195.2 g - Diesel Car (1 person)

206.0 g - Petrol Car (1 person)

Source data for the different modes of transport is from the DfT and can be found on the government website in table ENV0701 at www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/energy-and-environment-data-tables-env

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