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Vale of Glamorgan Travel Plan

The Council is one of the largest employers in the Vale with around 5000 staff. The majority of staff are based in our schools, many of which are considering their own Travel Plans for teachers, parents and pupils. However, over 1000 employees are based at the Civic and Dock Offices in Barry and at the Alps in Wenvoe where roughly 60% of staff live more than 5 miles away.

The Council recognised that as a large local employer and key service provider it has certain traffic and environmental impacts. The Travel Plan and Initiatives were first adopted in 2005 following extensive surveys and staff consultation. One of the findings from this initial research was that although Council office car parks were at or over capacity between 9:00am - 4:00pm only 36% of users were designated essential or casual car users.

The Travel Plan initiative has enabled the Council to better understand and manage its impacts. The initiative has also created an opportunity to address other cross cutting policy concerns such as promoting health in the workplace enabling Council departments to attain Corporate Health Standard recognition. The Travel Plan has also helped achieve Green Dragon Standards which can lead to an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System.

The Council now holds a quarterly cross departmental Travel Plan Working Group which ensures momentum in developing effective and workable sustainable transport initiatives. Such schemes include:

  • The Council's Car Share database,  a private employee website where members can register daily commutes or one-off meeting journeys and contact potential sharers through an interactive map.
  • Conveniently located priority car share parking bays to encourage a culture of car sharing. Staff who car share are also covered by a Guaranteed Lift Service for emergencies.
  • Raising awareness events  promoting sustainable transport and Travel Plan initiatives through various events such as Bike Week, "In Town Without My Car Day" and as part of the Council's corporate health week. Representatives from Gettravelwise and Travel Line Cymru also attend to promote sustainable travel and offer advice about their services.
  • Local public transport seasonal ticket discounts for employees  various deductions were negotiated between the Council, local train and bus operators.
  • Cycle Solutions "cycle to work" scheme  a salary sacrifice scheme which enables savings of up to 49% of a price of a bike through tax and national insurance savings. This scheme has attracted great interest and has seen take up of 86 bikes within the first two promotional windows. Following the recent success of the Cycle Solutions scheme the Council is currently investigating a similar "Low Emission Vehicles" scheme.
  • Bicycle mileage payments of up to 20p / mile for short business journeys.
  • Five pool bikes, with equipment available to staff at principal offices.
  • Free staff equipment to encourage sustainable travel, including: walking-meters, personal attack alarms, high visibility clothing, umbrellas and bags.
  • Other initiatives include: trialling mobile and home working, investigating possibilities to provide "green pool car" to further encourage car sharing and the use of "stick" measures to complement the above "carrot" incentives such as car park charging.

March 2010
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