Collegiate AC aid Durham University’s Sustainable Travel Plan with New Student Bus Service

  • Durham University committed to promoting use of sustainable modes of travel
  • University student bus service to encompass Ernest Place, Collegiate AC’s new Durham residence
  • “I’m excited to work with the University to help it achieve its environmental goals” (Collegiate AC)

Protecting the environment is a key focus for all and many higher education institutions are supporting the cause with green schemes.

Durham University’s Environment Team, known as ‘Greenspace’, is one such organisation that promotes and coordinates environmental initiatives.

Greenspace’s latest scheme, the Sustainable Travel Plan (STP), underlines the University’s commitment to reduce the use of private cars, to utilise existing facilities in order to meet travel demands and to promote the use of more sustainable modes of travel.

As part of this STP, a new cross city bus service will be launched in 2017, linking all colleges and academic departments from July. Working alongside Collegiate AC, the leading provider of luxury student accommodation in the UK, the service will enable students and staff to travel from their accommodation to the University, with the aim of reducing the number of cars.

Starting its route at Collegiate AC’s newest Durham residence, Ernest Place, the bus will travel along Sunderland Road, Claypath and New Elvet stopping near Hild Bede College, The Market Place, Elvet Riverside, Science Site and turning around at Josephine Butler College. This will deliver residents of Ernest Place to the Science site in around 9 minutes and will be open to all staff and students as well as the general public. It is due to start service in July this year.

Heriberto Cuanalo, CEO of Collegiate AC, is delighted to participate in one of the University’s green schemes and believes the new bus service will benefit students, staff and the local environment. He explains,

“Collegiate AC is dedicated to providing students with the highest level of service, alongside exceptional accommodation facilities, and residents of Ernest Place will now have the opportunity to travel from home to campus and back again on the new bus route. We have been working with our local partners BillFreeHomes in order to get the right route and the right operator, we have partnered with Scarlett Band who also run the council’s Park and Ride services.”

“With the intention of expanding their green strategy, the University is confident this bus route will become a positive addition to their STP. I’m excited to work with the University to help it achieve its environmental goals and look forward to being a part of this latest scheme.”

Set in the heart of Gilesgate, Ernest Place is just 10 minutes away from Durham’s vibrant centre. Boasting groundbreaking features throughout such as a private sauna, glass walled sky lounge and resident’s fitness suite, this exclusive complex of 5 and 6 bed apartments and individual studios will ensure your university experience is an unforgettable one.

From £125 per week residents benefit from 24 hour concierge, can work in the dedicated contemporary study areas, unwind and sip a cocktail on the roof terrace while over-looking the city, or host their very own dinner party in the beautifully designed dinner party room.

To get away from it all residents can simply drift away in a luxurious bedroom with double bed and en-suite shower room, stream the latest shows on their own 32″ flat screen TV, or whip up a feast in their very own kitchen, complete with Corian worktop. A brand new building inside and out, Ernest Place is reserved for those who accept only the best.

For more information, visit or contact Collegiate AC on 01235 250 140.