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Frequently Asked Questions

Are residential Travel Plans different from workplace Travel Plans?

The general principle is the same but a workplace Travel Plan deals with commuter traveling while a residential Travel Plan can be more complex as it deals with many different journey types. The aim of a residential Travel Plan should be to reduce the need to travel whenever possible by co locating services in the vicinity and encouraging walking, cycling and public transport use through design.

What are the benefits of a Travel Plan?

A Travel Plan can benefit the business, the local community and staff.

A business can benefit from reduced transport and parking costs and a Travel Plan can enhance its image as a conscientious employer.

The local community can benefit from reduced congestion and air pollution and a Travel Plan can also reduce the amount of off site parking which is often a cause of conflict with local residents.

Staff will benefit from increased travel to work options which may reduce their travel costs and improve their health.

What's the best way to get senior management support?

Senior management support is vital to the success of any Travel Plan. Make a business case for a Travel Plan by outlining the benefits, both to the business and the wider community.

We're a small organisation, is a Travel Plan a viable option for us?

You may not want to develop a formal Travel Plan but introducing some of the measures will benefit both the business and staff. Have a look at the options to encourage car sharing, walking and cycling or public transport for cost-effective ideas.

We're in a rural location with no public transport options, how can a Travel Plan help us?

A Travel Plan isn't only about public transport. Carry out a travel to work survey to find out more about staff travel and this will help determine what measures are possible - car sharing is usually a good option in rural locations but walking and cycling should not be ruled out.

Which measure should we implement first?

That will depend on the information revealed by the travel to work survey. Look at measures that respondents tell you will help them to change their travel to work habits and implement those first. That will give the Travel Plan credibility and win suppporters.

What targets should we set?

That will depend on the results of your travel to work survey but they should be SMART; Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound. Be realistic; if only 5% of staff live within 2 miles of the site then setting a target of 20% to walk would be difficult to achieve.

Is a travel to site survey really necessary?

Yes. It will provide the information necessary to set targets and objectives and provide baseline data so that success can be measured.

Is there anything we can do for free?

Yes! You can ensure your employees have public transport information by putting a link to Traveline on your intranet, having the information on notice boards or making timetables available. Sewtacarshare is a free to join car share database. Get walking and cycling route maps from your local authority and make them available to staff.

How can we convince the "doubters" that a Travel Plan can help them?

Train "Travel Champions" in each sustainable travel option; they are the ones who will convince their colleagues about the benfits. However, don't forget that there will always be the hard core who will never change their travel to work habits however obvious the benfits and you may not wish to waste too much time trying to convince them.

Won't implementing a Travel Plan be very expensive?

No! Have a look at easy ways to encourage walking, cycling, using public transport and car sharing.

Can a Travel Plan save us money?

Yes! A Travel Plan can reduce your car parking requirement releasing the area for other uses; it can reduce business travel costs; productivity can also be one of the gains of active travel.

How can we encourage car sharing?

If the organisation is large enough, have a private group open only to your staff which will give them a sense of security. Guarantee a lift home for staff in an emergency situation; produce some ground rules about sharing costs or timekeeping which all employees can follow; hold car share coffee mornings so that prospective car sharers can meet; have a car share Travel Champion to answer any questions.

How can I get in touch with other organisations so that we can share best practice and ideas?

Join out business network and send us your success stories so we can share them with other organisations.

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