Travel plans bring together packages of measures to encourage and enable people to travel using sustainable and healthier modes – such as walking, cycling and public transport. They include:
- Employer travel plans - focusing on staff, visitor and business travel associated with a place of work
- Residential travel plans – aimed at reducing car use originating from new housing
- Station travel plans – focusing on travel to and from railway stations
- Stadium travel plans – aimed at encouraging use of sustainable travel modes to sports and entertainment events
- School travel plans – targeted at travel by students and school staff
We have been at the forefront of the development, delivery and evaluation of travel plans in all these areas. We have undertaken well over 100 travel plan commissions for clients ranging from small businesses and primary schools up to multinational business organisations. Our experience over many years has given us an in-depth appreciation of what will successfully encourage sustainable travel behaviour in many different environments. ITP experts have been appointed to national best practice advisory panels and to local and regional “call-off” panels of experts in London and the East Midlands.
Our view is that successful travel plans always need engagement and support from people at all levels of an organisation, and we work in partnership with clients to ensure that this happens. Where travel plans are linked into the planning process (for example, in relation to a new development), our relationships with both developers and local authority officers ensure we are able to broker appropriate agreements on travel plan measures.
BT Adastral Park travel plan - ITP was commissioned by BT to develop a business travel plan for their main research and development facility, Adastral Park, located to the east of Ipswich. This involved the design and coordination of an online travel survey exploring staff travel habits and attitudes toward sustainable modes supplemented with focus groups with staff. The results were thoroughly analysed and used to develop a package of measures to encourage and promote sustainable transport to and from the site. The travel plan, branded Grass Routes, included the launch of a BT car sharing scheme, car share priority parking spaces and improved information through the design of a new website. ITP provides annual monitoring of the travel plan through a travel survey, which guides the ongoing development and delivery of the travel plan.
Environment Agency travel plan – ITP helped the Environment Agency to develop a travel plan for their Nottingham office complex. The travel plan brought together a number of existing measures designed to encourage people working at the site to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicle car trips they make when commuting to work and travelling on business.
Nottingham City Primary Care Trust travel plan - ITP managed the development and delivery of a strategic travel plan for Nottingham City Primary Care Trust sites. Our role involved staff surveys and engagement, consultation and assessment of different options for inclusion within the travel plan. As travel plan coordinator, we worked with internal PCT departments to support a review of car parking policies, mileage claims, and associated allowances.
Capita Registrars travel plan – ITP was commissioned through the TfL Site Specific Advice framework to produce a travel plan for Capita Registrars. We developed a full iTrace compliant travel plan for both home to work and business travel for the 450 staff based in their Beckenham office. This helped to promote alternatives to single occupancy car driving and helped deal with the consequences of implementation of a Controlled Parking Zone in residential streets surrounding the office.
Warwick District Council travel plan - We undertook a review on behalf of Warwick District Council of its current policy on car parking, mileage and associated allowances, to feed into development of their travel plan. We carried out a six stage consultation programme including intranet discussion boards (implemented and managed remotely by ITP), focus groups, interviews, formal presentations, and formal negotiations with the Trade Unions. We proposed and evaluated six alternative ways forward, with a structured appraisal of each and recommendations for implementation. Successful completion of this highly sensitive study provided a platform for the council to progress its travel plan.
Tamesis Point travel plan - ITP is at the forefront of developing and implementing residential travel plans, including the development of a plan for the major mixed use development that includes 2000 houses at Tamesis Point in Greenwich. We produced a framework travel plan that encompassed both the residential and employment sectors of the site. A package of measures was proposed for the future residents and employees of the site to promote and encourage sustainable modes of travel amongst the local population, focusing on walking and cycling for local based trips and encouraging the use of public transport and car sharing for longer journeys. Target setting and monitoring procedures were also put in place to measure the effectiveness of the travel plan.
Nottingham Forest Football Club travel plan – ITP worked with Nottingham Forest to develop a sustainable transport strategy and travel plan aimed at encouraging more supporters to travel to home matches by walking, cycling and using public transport. By consulting 1,500 supporters and working closely with senior staff at Nottingham Forest, we devised a plan designed to reduce the number of cars arriving in the vicinity of the ground on matchdays. We were then re-engaged to help implement the plan, including acquiring cycle shelters and wayfinding signage for getting around the ground on a matchday and improving the club’s website travel information.
Derby County Football Club travel plan – We were appointed to support senior staff at Derby County Football Club with the development, delivery and monitoring of a travel plan and updated traffic management plan for the Pride Park Stadium. The aim was to improve the range of matchday and non-matchday travel options for supporters, visitors and members of staff. A particular challenge was to reduce the amount of traffic congestion and disruption caused by football matches and other events hosted at the stadium, while enabling the club to extract maximum value from the car parking spaces it owns around the ground. We worked closely with key local stakeholders to make it as safe and easy as possible for supporters to get to and from Pride Park on a matchday, while reducing the number of cars (and carbon emissions) attributable to each home game.
Ely station travel plan - ITP worked with local delivery partners on a study to scope out the potential for improving the interchange facilities at Ely railway station. The project involved a detailed review of existing evidence, accessibility modelling using the ACCESSION model and primary market research with members of the public - both users and non-users of Ely station. We also built consensus with local stakeholder groups and the various client organisations through visioning workshops during the course of the study. The key output was an action plan (including an “ATOC standard” station travel plan) for delivering improvements to station facilities at Ely, with due consideration of the local constraints and ongoing regeneration and development in the area.
Leicester school travel plans – We worked in partnership with Leicester City Council to develop travel plans for a number of schools in the city. This included consultation and engagement with staff, as well as pupil engagement and survey activities. Our school travel plans were then submitted to Government to obtain funding to support the measures identified for each school.
Hagbourne Primary School travel plan - ITP worked with Hagbourne School and Oxfordshire County Council to enhance their existing school travel plan. This included the development of engineering measures to enhance existing walking bus routes, and the funding and design of a signal controlled crossing to link the school with the local bus stop and SUSTRANS cycle route.
East Oxford First School travel plan - ITP worked with East Oxford First School, through the national Energy Efficiency Best Practice Programme, to develop a school travel plan. This was associated with the school’s proposed expansion to become a primary school. We worked with Oxfordshire County Council to plot home pupil locations using GIS software, supplemented by survey results to develop an agreed strategy for the Travel Plan. We also led a Travel Information Day at the school, using pupil input to define the appropriate measures for the Travel Plan, which received local media coverage.ACT TravelWise advanced travel plan training - ITP has developed and delivered an advanced travel plan training course to provide support to travel plan professionals with 2-10 years experience. The course comprises 10 hours of preparatory work, combined with a one-day workshop covering evaluation and monitoring, the planning process, taxation, finance and legal issues and the business case for travel plans. The course is available throughout the UK.