The University has lots of offers for members of staff to help you choose more sustainable modes of travel. If you have suggestions of more that we can do, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Scroll down to view all the offers.
Free cycle maintenance and cycle training
Take advantage of our regular campus visits from Dr Bike to keep your bike in good working order. Dates of Dr Bike visits available here.
Free cycle training is available for staff and students every Wednesday during term time but must be booked in advance. All levels welcome; from beginners who have never cycled all the way up to advanced road safety. Please email email@example.com for more information.
Get yourself a brand new bicycle with up to 42% discount through our improved Cycle2Work scheme. Our scheme is run through Halfords but you can select a bike from any participating supplier. See HR's Benefits Plus pages for details.
Not ready to commit to buying a bike?
Try loaning a bike for a month with Easit first. This offer includes fixed frame, electric and folding bikes - perfect to see if cycling to work is right for you! Please sign-up/log in to Easit to take advantage of this offer.
Try the bus for free
Taster bus tickets with 2 free trips are available for all new staff and postgrads. Perfect if you want to see if the bus can work for you. Detail of the routes around the University are available from Reading Buses website.
Collect your pass from your staff induction or from HR.
University employees can get discounted travel from Reading Buses. These passes can be used on all routes within the relevant fare zone as well as evenings and weekends. The cost of the bus pass will be taken from your salary each month in equal instalments.
Rail season ticket loans
The University will fund the purchase of an annual season ticket to the maximum value of £7,500 by way of an interest-free loan. You will then pay back this loan in 10 monthly instalments from your net salary.
This ticket will be valid between your two chosen stations and can be used at any time including weekends, although it is intended for travel between home and work.
View HR’s Benefit Plus pages for full details
You can buy PlusBus with your rail ticket, this adds unlimited bus travel around Reading town centre. This link takes you to information specific to Reading, but remember that plusbus discounts could also be available for buses to the station wherever you live. The 16-25 railcard can be used alongside PlusBus too.
15% off rail travel through the easit network
University staff can get a 15% discount on Great Western Rail and South West rail fares that travel in to and returning from Reading Station through our easitreading membership. The journey may start and return to any station served by those providers, but the destination for a single or return ticket, (or season ticket), has to be Reading (or one of the other listed stations) for the discount to work.
Disappointing news from Great Western Railway (GWR) who has announced that they will no longer be offering 15% rail discounts to EasitNETWORK members for travel into Reading.
The company has agreed that it will honour discounts on any tickets and season tickets bought before 31 March 2020 by holders of a valid Easit card. The University will remain a member of Easit, which will enable users who have bought a ticket or season ticket before that date to continue to use them until they expire.
To get this discount, along with many other offers you will need to apply for an easitCARD by visiting their website www.easit.org.uk and register using your work e-mail address. There will be a £5.05 as an admin fee for the card. The easitREADING network provides many other discounts - for full details of these you can register on the website without needing to purchase a card.
A detailed FAQ's document regarding the rail discounts is available from the easit website www.easit.org.uk/faq . Travel into Earley station is not currently eligible.
Please note that if you are travelling on University business, the rail discount is unlikely to be applicable as your rail destination is unlikely to be Reading - please use the University's business travel supplier, CTM. Full details of how to contact them can be found here: https://www.reading.ac.uk/closed/procurement/news/proc-travelnews.aspx
All University of Reading Staff can get a Co-wheels car club membership for only £1, as well as £25 free driving credit when signing up with a University email address and our code. This great scheme lets you hire a car from as little as half an hour - perfect for the occasional business trip or travelling between campuses. Click here for more details of how to sign up.
If you are interested in buying a hybrid or electric car, the Mycar salary sacrifice scheme may be an option. No deposit is required and insurance, breakdown assistance and scheduled servicing is included in the monthly cost.
Collect points and gain rewards for how you choose to travel, just by downloading an app. Points can be exchanged for a range of prizes or donated to local charities. Look out for promotional periods where the amount of points available for sustainable travel in Reading substantially increases.