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What is a Travel Plan?
A Travel Plan is a package of measures designed to encourage more sustainable modes of transport such as walking, cycling, bus usage or car sharing.
A travel plan is a long term strategy for improving and managing access to a site focusing on promoting sustainable modes, and minimising single occupancy car trips. For the purposes of the planning process, travel plans must be documented and contain objectives and targets, the policies and measures to be implemented, an action plan and the monitoring and review arrangements.
In recent years travel plans have broadened so that they are not just about businesses but produced for;
- New residential developments
- Railway stations
- Events and major health institutions
- Airports as surface access strategies
Travel plans need to consider all the journeys to and from a site. Workplace travel plans including office, hospital or visitor attractions are ‘destination’ based plans, generally designed to reduce car use to a specific destination. Residential travel plans focus on the ‘origin’ where journeys are made from.
There should be a process of continual monitoring and review to reflect changing circumstances and to ensure that agreed outcomes are met.
What are the Benefits of a Travel Plan?
Travel Plans are important for both existing businesses and new developments; they can reduce the impact on the surrounding highway network, nearby residents, benefit new or existing staff or residents.
Workplace Travel Plans
Workplace travel plans are the most common type of travel plan. They cover either one site or a series of sites belonging to one organisation and detail how staff and visitors can travel to the workplace by sustainable forms of transport. Workplace travel plans include a survey of how people travel to the site, how accessible the site is and what incentives and measures can be implemented to encourage a higher use of sustainable forms of travel among staff and visitors.
For more information about Workplace Travel Plans and for guidance information on developing a Workplace Travel Plan document please the Hampshire County Council website.