A Travel Plan is a long term management strategy which encourages sustainable travel to and from new and existing developments. Travel Plans deliver a wide range of benefits for developers, local authorities and the wider community.
Under the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework, it is now a requirement in the UK for ‘all developments which generate significant amounts of movement’ to have a Travel Plan.
Royal HaskoningDHV’s transport team has extensive experience in the preparation and management of Travel Plans for a wide range of land uses and communities across the UK, in line with the latest policy and best practice guidance.
Our Travel Plans set out a bespoke range of measures and initiatives to encourage sustainable travel to and from sites by promoting alternative modes of transport and hence reducing car trips.
A Travel Plan also acts as a mechanism for the future monitoring of trip attraction at the site, facilitating a process of review relating to the impact of the initiative.
Benefits of a Travel Plan for developers include reducing development costs and making a site more accessible. For the local authority, benefits include managing demand across travel modes and creating a healthier environment to live in.
In addition to reducing a development’s traffic impacts, a successful Travel Plan can also promote a variety of secondary benefits, such as:
- Improvements in health, including stress reduction
- Lower noise pollution impacts
- Improved air quality
- Reduced levels of traffic congestion
- Easier access for staff, deliveries and visitors.
We work closely along with both clients and planning and highway authorities from the inception and adoption phases of the Travel Plan, through to the implementation and monitoring stages. Our objective is always to secure the best solution for our client and the ultimate end user.
Royal HaskoningDHV additioally has significant experience in implementing and managing Travel Plans by taking on the role of Travel Plan Co-ordinator. Within this management role, Royal HaskoningDHV can ensure that the Travel Plan continually meets the obligations expected of it. In our role as TPC, we:
- Maintain communication with planning and highway authorities to monitor attainment (or otherwise) of modal share/ shift targets;
- Implement development and area specific measures which are focussed to ensure the maximum impact on modal shift;
- Interact with stakeholders including end users, to promote sustainable development;
- Evaluate and review the effectiveness of the Travel Plan through an agreed programme of monitoring.
Please get in touch with our team of experts to discuss requirements for your Travel Plan, transport assessment and transport statement.