What is a Travel Plan?
A Travel Plan is a strategic policy that explains how an organisation will promote sustainable travel; through encouraging the use of walking, cycling, car sharing and the use of public transport over the use of the single occupancy car.
Travel Plans aim to benefit organisations by encouraging modes of transport that demonstrate positive effects on staff, local residents and the environment. Travel Plans can promote healthier lifestyles across your staff, residents or users that result in productivity benefits, lower rates of absenteeism and improved morale.
Equally, a Travel Plan can have positive effects financially, reducing costs borne by employees and residents in travel expenses but also in contributing towards a reduction in costs incurred by a firm in providing parking and business travel reimbursement.
Travel Plans are often required as part of significant planning applications to demonstrate how a firm will encourage sustainable travel in a bid to reduce congestion and environmental impact of lone car drivers. However, Travel Plans can be created voluntarily as a business tool to address sustainability concerns and contribute to any Corporate Social Responsibility agenda you may have.
In summary –
Potential benefits to an organisation:
- More productive staff due to healthier lifestyles
- Mitigation of a parking issue
- Improved accessibility through reduced local congestion
- Tackling business travel expenses
Potential benefits to employees:
- Improved accessibility by better provision of information and subsidised modes of travel
- Reduced travel expenses
- Better local air quality