Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to common questions about Travel Planning and encouraging more sustainable travel choices here.
A Travel Plan can benefit an organisation, individual employees and the local community.
Benefits to organisations include reducing transport costs, helping to ease congestion, improving access to sites and enhancing the organisation's image and public profile.
Benefits to individual employees include the improvements to health and well-being associated with switching to more active modes of transport.
Benefits for the local community will include reducing traffic, congestion and, potentially, parking problems within the local area.
Developing an effective Travel Plan will require some input of staff time. As the successful implementation of a Travel Plan is an ongoing process, you will also need to devote staff time to making sure it's meeting your needs and to improving your Travel Plan on a regular basis.
Some measures, such as installing cycle racks and locker facilities, may carry outlay costs.
However, the benefits of Travel Plan usually outweigh these costs.
Many of the regional transport partnerships offer sustainable transport grants for those organisations that have developed a Travel Plan to help implement Travel Plan measures.
There are plenty of no and low costs ways of encouraging more sustainable transport choices. Many of these steps will nevertheless save staff time and could also boost productivity:
An effective Travel Plan that introduces a comprehensive range of measures can save an organisation money on fuel and other travel expenses.
Travel Planning also has the potential to engender productivity gains as the need for and scope of staff at-work travel - particularly driving - is reduced.
Adjustments to car parking management strategies and greener fleet management can provide further savings.
For smaller organisations, developing a formal Travel Plan may not be appropriate. However, encouraging the same kind of measures used in Travel Plans to promote more sustainable transport options could save you money, staff time and boost your productivity. See "What can we do for free?" above.
Effective Travel Plans implement a blend of measures that cover all modes of transport.
Your organisation and your staff will still be able to benefit from introducing measures that encourage Smarter Working, Walking, Cycling and Responsible Car Use.
Getting senior management support is critical when developing a successful Travel Plan. Putting forward the business case by outlining all the benefits for the organisation from the off-set can help to secure resources for a Travel Plan.
A travel survey should be conducted at the beginning of the Travel Plan process. This should provide you with feedback on what kind of measures staff and visitors would like to see introduced.
These ideas should be introduced first. Doing so will help the Travel Plan gain more support from staff.
There are some basic questions that are useful to ask in any travel survey.
Our My Travel Plan can help you carry out an online travel survey and provides some core questions in its survey template.
You may also want to ask more specific questions about particular issues facing your site or to gain feedback on any Travel Plan measures already implemented.
Your Travel Plan should have SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound objectives and targets.
Results from your initial travel survey should help to determine what objectives and targets might be appropriate.
Staff need to be engaged throughout the process in order to get their 'buy in'. The Travel Plan needs to be kept fresh with new measures and regular marketing initiatives in order to keep staff interested.