Travel Plans

A Travel Plan is a package of measures produced, for example, by employers to encourage staff to use alternative travel modes to single-occupancy car-use. Such a plan could include a car sharing scheme, a commitment to improve cycling facilities, a dedicated bus service or restricted car parking allocations. It might also promote flexible working practices and home working practices by using broadband, remote access and video conferencing.

Increasingly, Residential Travel Plans are called for to reduce car use originating from new housing developments. They support alternative forms of transport and reduce the need to travel in the first place.

School Travel Plans can also be required to reduce single occupancy car use, address the issue of congestion at the school gates and improve road safety for all users. They provide a framework to help pupils, parents, teachers and other staff change their travel habits.

Travel Plans can offer real benefits, not only to the organisation and its employees, but also to the surrounding community. They may help to relieve local parking or congestion problems, or improve public transport connections across the area. They may also relieve stress on employees through reducing travel delays, or providing the opportunity to cut their travel commitments by working from home on occasion.

The requirements for Travel Plans are many and varied. A Travel Plan can be used as a business tool to solve parking and accessibility problems, or may be a requirement for securing planning permission.

A Travel Plan is also a means of demonstrating a good corporate environmental image. Government policies and guidance encourage the adoption of Travel Plans throughout the UK. Often Travel Plans are introduced as part of a Section 106 Agreement, secured through a planning condition or voluntarily produced. They are becoming an increasingly common feature of both new and established developments.

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The Benefits

  • A Travel Plan introduced as part of a section 106 agreement will assist developers in securing planning permission for the development
  • Improved health and fitness levels for individuals with cost and time savings
  • Reduction in road congestion and pollution
  • Reduction in local parking demand
  • Improvement to safety along routes to and from the development
  • A stronger environmental performance and image which will assist with Public Relations

How We Can Help

Cole Easdon Consultants have vast experience in the preparation of Transport Assessments and Transport Statements for all types of development.

We are able to undertake all the necessary technical work and we will also liaise with the Local Highway Authority throughout the process to ensure that as much of the report as possible is agreed in advance. This helps to facilitate smooth progress through the planning system from application to planning approval.

We combine expertise in transport planning with sound commercial understanding. We always strive to ensure the optimum outcome for you, minimising your financial exposure, maximising the development potential of your land or project and devising intelligent, cost effective and environmentally friendly transport planning solutions.

Examples of Our Work

Lingley Mere Business Park, Warrington: Travel Plan relating to planned expansion of Business Park office development to accommodate a total of 1,000,000 ft 2. We also undertake the role of Travel Plan Co-ordinator for the Business Park and undertake vehicle trip monitoring in accordance with the requirements of the S106 legal agreement. More…

Ricoh Arena, Coventry: Revised Travel Plan for major events at the 33,000-seat stadium including public consultation, supporters’ survey and preparation of Coach & Car Parking Management Strategy. Also, Travel Risk Assessment including detailed computer modelling of pedestrian movements.

Co-op, Cinderford: Preparation of a Travel Plan for a mixed use re-development proposal in Cinderford Town Centre. More…

St. Paul’s Academy, Greenwich: School Travel Plan for transition of existing school to new Academy at Abbey Wood.

Moss House Road, Blackpool: Preparation of Travel Plan for new 600 dwelling residential development in Blackpool.

Folly Park View, Faringdon, Oxfordshire: Residential Travel Plan for new 400 dwelling residential development. More…

Bracknell Forest Council: Travel Plans in relation to the expansion of four primary & infant/junior schools on behalf of Bracknell Forest Council. More…

Dick Lovett, Cribbs Causeway: Travel Plan for Dick Lovett site at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol

Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton Wanderers: Match Day Travel Plan for Molineux stadium for 37,000 capacity crowd. More…

Cheltenham College: Travel Plan for Cheltenham College including staff, pupils and visitors. More…

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