Transport and travel
Workplace travel plans
Benefits of travel plans
A well thought out plan can help organisations improve their parking arrangements, help people without a car access work or services, reduce congestion and pollution and encourage staff to travel to work in a more active way.
Workplace travel plans are built around the needs of your organisation. The plans promote and encourage greater use of public transport, cycling, walking, home working, and more efficient use of cars, for example car sharing.
Who can help
If you’re making a travel plan, you should think about who may be able to help develop the plan. We can help you run a staff, visitor, or other travel survey as required, and give advice and guidance.
If your workplace parking problems affect other residents, you may want to involve them too. Trade unions or staff groups are a good way to gather employee’s views, as are other user groups. If you have a group of bus users, cyclists or people with disabilities, you may want to ask them for their opinions. Local transport operators can help too.
You will need a co-ordinator (often someone in human resources or facilities management) and support from senior management. You will also need a budget for the planned measures. A carefully thought through travel plan can save money but usually some up-front investment will be required.
Before you start your plan, you’ll need to carry out surveys that are specific to the needs of the site, including:
- site audit (summary of access by all modes and any alternatives to travel such as video conferencing facilities)
- staff travel survey
- visitor survey where applicable
Your research will identify what measures will make the greatest difference in achieving the aims of your travel plan. Targets or outcomes should also be set and the plan monitored to ensure it is working.
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