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Travel Plans

5.2 Context

A Travel Plan is an access strategy used to manage multimodal access to the workplace. It encourages modal shift from single-occupancy private cars by improving alternative travel options and promoting wider use of sustainable transport.  Incentives and disincentives to persuade and support people to use alternative commuter modes can often achieve this.

Travel Plans are required to be submitted alongside planning applications for developments likely to have a significant impact on transport.  They often also respond to any concerns about growing traffic congestion or car parking issues.  Tailored to each individual organisation, Travel Plans are an efficient way of managing commuter journeys and business travel and valuable where parking space is at a premium.

For general guidance on Travel Plans refer to the Essential Guide to Travel Planning (DfT, 2008).

Motorcycles are an affordable alternative mode of transport where public transport provision is weak or non-existent and where distances make walking and cycling unrealistic.  NTS data shows that 60% of motorcycle trips are for work, business or education, compared to 27% for cars (DfT 2009).  Consequently, motorcycling should be a common feature of all Travel Plans.