The purpose of a Travel Plan is to set out a long-term strategy for reducing dependence on travel by private car. Its objective is to reduce private car mileage in favour of more sustainable modes of travel, which reflects current Government policy objectives in respect of transport.
Where a development’s travel demand is perceived to be significant, the Planning and Highway Authorities will usually require a Travel Plan to be submitted as part of the planning application package.
A Travel Plan can be seen as means to mitigate development traffic impacts, and act as an alternative to undertaking costly S278 works.
Royal HaskoningDHV have extensive experience in the preparation of Travel Plans for a wide range of land uses, and are fully aware of best practice guidance which includes the Department for Transport’s ‘Good Practice Guidelines: Delivering Travel Plans through the Planning Process’ and Transport for London’s ‘Travel Planning for New Developments in London’.
Typically, a Travel Plan will set out a range of measures and initiatives that encourage sustainable travel to development sites by reducing car trips and promoting alternative modes of transport. The document will also establish a management structure for the Travel Plan, a mechanism for the future monitoring of trip attraction, and a process of review.
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;
- improved air quality;
- less parking congestion; and
- easier access for staff, deliveries and visitors.
Royal HaskoningDHV can produce Travel Plans at various stages of the planning process for both new and existing developments. We can work closely with Planning and Highway Authorities, as well as our clients, from the Travel Plan’s inception to adoption.
While a Travel Plan document is generally required as part of the planning application submission, the document can evolve over time to meet the needs of the development. The approval of a Travel Plan document at the planning stage is therefore the starting point in the on-going management of a development’s travel demand.
Post a development’s delivery and occupation, Royal HaskoningDHV are able to manage the Travel Plan by taking on the role as Travel Plan Coordinator. Within this management role Royal HaskoningDHV can ensure that the Travel Plan continually meets its planning obligations, and that the Plan provides a meaningful tool to effect an overall reduction in car driver trips.