1. What is a Travel plan?
A Travel Plan is a management tool that assists people in considering how they travel, with the emphasis on the promotion of sustainable forms of transport. Through a co-ordinated strategy a Travel Plan can help people to understand their travel needs and deliver a package of initiatives to increase choice and reduce the need to travel, in particular reduce the dominance of car use. If designed well, the implementation of a Travel Plan should lead to economic, environmental, social and health benefits for society as a whole.
2. What does a Travel Plan involve?
A Travel Plan involves raising awareness of the impact of our travel behaviour,ß pollution, congestion, safety and health. As a nation, we make more and more short journeys, including ‘school runs’, by car. This trend in our habits is not only causing Global Warming, but also increasing respiratory diseases and other health complaints associated with our increasingly sedentary lifestyles.
Countryside Properties have contributed towards improving footpaths, cycle ways, road crossings and provisions for cyclists and pedestrians in the local area and have also extended the 9 and 10 bus routes in to Skyline 120.
Car sharing is promoted as it reduces the number of trips to / from the site. It can be more convenient than driving alone and lead to considerable cost savings to individuals. It is often viable for trips which cannot be readily made by public transport.
One element of improving the Travel Plan is to remove the practical barriers that prevent people who would like to travel by non-car modes from doing so. Obviously, it is outside our control to move residences closer to workplaces. However, we can provide facilities and an improved physical environment to make walking and cycling safer.
Many people have preconceptions about what it is like to travel by bus or to cycle. Alternatively, some people dont have the time to track down the timetable and may worry that their bus wont turn up. This is why we are trying to help by providing the resources you need at your fingertips.
Employers are encouraged to consider offering discounts (or interest free loans) for the purchase of bus or rail tickets, bicycles, accessories or servicing, waterproof clothing and durable footwear.
3. What are the benefits of a Travel Plan?
Travel Plans have many benefits to both employers and employees. Some of these are listed below:
••Financial savings through more effective use
••of business travel
••Reduced demand for car parking (with
••associated savings in land allocated)
••Greater environmental performance and
••improved company image
••Improved relations with neighbours by
••easing traffic in the local area
••Healthier, less stressed staff leading to
••less time lost due to illness, and greater
••Improved access to site by all.
Walking and Cycling
The Government has produced an advice pack: ‘Walk In to Work Out’ to encourage staff to walk or cycle to work. The pack outlines the following advantages of walking or cycling to work:
••Reduced demand for workplace car parking
••A fitter and more productive workforce
••Health benefits of walking and cycling
••Reduced congestion and pollution
••Save money from reduced parking charges,
••petrol costs, running costs and wear and
••tear to their car.
Bus travel has the advantages of being relatively cheap, reducing the stress of driving in rush hour traffic and enabling users to relax, talk or read.
At the same time you are helping to reduce local congestion. It also provides the most accessible public transport connection to Skyline 120.
Rail Travel is perhaps the most appealing form of Public Transport for many. It is especially useful for travel over longer distances, where journey times can be significantly reduced, and users can utilise the time on the train to talk, work, read and relax.
Good rail services exist from Braintree Station, with regular services to London Liverpool Street. The journey takes approximately 1 hour. There are also services from Braintree to Colchester and Ipswich.
Car sharing is a realistic and practical way of reducing the overall number of car journeys made by business park occupiers. It is an especially useful way of ‘doing your bit’ for those who live too far from work to walk or cycle. Car-sharing has the benefits of:
••Helping to reduce congestion, pollution
••Reducing the running and maintenance costs
••of your car
••Financial savings (on insurance, tax and
••purchase) where a family is able to give up
••its second car
••Offering the chance to socialise (if you can
••share with friends or family)
••Allows overall numbers of car trips to / from
••a site to be minimised
Skyline 120 recommends those who wish to car share use www.essextravelbudi.com.