Going green at the NRC – transport

The NRC was set up with sustainability in mind so if you are looking for a sustainable venue it is a great place to book. Over coming months we will be taking you through a range of environmentally friendly initiatives that happen at the NRC – and we are always looking for ways to improve so do get in touch if you have more ideas to support our work towards being a truly sustainable venue.

This month sustainability champion Rebecca updates us on green transport options when visiting the NRC.

Excellent local transport links

There’s no need to drive to the NRC. Aston train station is less than a mile from the NRC, Birmingham New Street is 3 miles away. The NRC is outside of Birmingham CAZ (clean air zone) and is also just outside the major traffic hotspots. By foot the city centre is approx. 30 minute walk. Buses are regular and easily accessible. Bus stops are located 0.2 miles from the building just outside of the business village. And we work closely with TOA who are our regular taxi provider. The NRC team will order a taxi via our direct line for you should you need one.

On your bike

Birmingham has a cycle scheme too: find the routes here. The NRC has onsite shower facilities to encourage staff to cycle to work. There is also secure cycle parking for all users.

Along with cycling scheme we are seeing an influx of electric scooter users as there has been trials from Transport West Midlands.

Transport of the future

EV charging points have been requested and this issue is under constant review although the investment means it is not in current plans. Despite that NRC Ops magamer Mat says, “My EV is due any day now and with the rising fuel, tax and focus on emissions in and around the city centre it can’t come soon enough!”

A personal service

Rebecca says, “Students sitting exams are encouraged to use public transport when visiting. And if you are booking an event we will liaise personally with you about your requirements for catering, car parking, transport links and recommendations for local hotels. We can help you with public transport links and green initiatives too.”