As a result of Aston’s affiliation to Company Travelwise in Birmingham and the University’s on-going commitment to green transport, travel passes purchased under the Employee Travel Pass Scheme will be available at a discounted price.
Under the terms of the scheme the University will purchase the annual travel pass of your choice, and collect the cost from your pay in 12 monthly instalments if you are monthly paid, or over 52 weeks if you are weekly paid. The annual travel passes are discounted and offer the cheapest travel available within the region and the scheme could provide significant savings compared with passes purchased on a weekly or four weekly basis. Travel West Midlands and Centro have prepared details which provide information about the full range of passes available and examples of the savings you could achieve. Hard copies of this information are available from Human Resources.
If you wish to take advantage of the Scheme for the first time or if you are participating in the scheme and wish to renew your travel pass, please do the following:
i) Complete the application form and return it to Barbara Power, Human Resources, by Thursday 17th September 2009. If your form has not been received by this date we cannot guarantee a pass will be available for you on the date of issue.
ii) Bring your latest travel pass (or if you are a first-time purchaser, a passport sized colour photograph of yourself) to room G79 (Main Building, Ground Floor, HR Meeting Room) between 10 am and 1pm on Tuesday 22nd September 2009. Please also bring your University identity card.
The passes will become valid from 27th September 2009 and will expire on Saturday 25th September 2010.
If you require any further information about the type of travel passes available you may call either Philip Smith of Travel West Midlands: 0121 254 7257 or Maxine Doyle of Centro: 0121 214 7079.
If you leave the University, or for any reason need to change your travel mode, you may return your Travelcard to the University and, on payment of any adjusting balance and a £5 administration fee, terminate the agreement. If you leave the University or discontinue instalments for any reason before payment is complete, and you do not return your Travelcard, the balance due will be collected from your salary. If this is not possible an invoice will be issued. For more advice on terminating the agreement you should contact Barbara Power on ext 4583.
If you are not sure whether the scheme can apply to you or you want to take advantage of the scheme but you are not paid regularly on a weekly or monthly basis, please contact Barbara Power for further information.
Words by Cliff Vidgeon, Head of HR Operations