Benefits of travel plans

Benefits of travel plans

Why does Council require travel plans? 

The City of Sydney’s vision is to create a city that is green, global and connected. Supporting and implementing a sustainable transport network is a key component of achieving this vision.

Local and state governments take responsibility for the provision and maintenance of transport services and networks. They also provide guidance for site-level infrastructure through DCP’s and other planning controls – for example, the City of Sydney requires that end-of-trip facilities be provided within new developments.

However, every new development is also responsible for maximising its contribution to creating a more liveable and sustainable environment. This is achieved by implementing site-specific policies and facilities that are aligned with objectives that encourage uptake of sustainable transport modes.

The City of Sydney recognises the potential of travel planning to provide the framework for achieving these objectives. In the UK, where travel planning is more common, travel plans have enabled workplaces to reduce the number of people driving to work by an average of 15%. Outcomes such as these have the potential to eliminate thousands of vehicle kilometres generated by a site each year, reducing pressures on the road network and fostering healthier, happier and more productive people.

In addition to providing city-wide benefits, such as the reduction of congestion and pollution, travel planning can deliver a range of benefits to employers, employees, visitors or residents of a development. Travel plans can:

  • Reduce the need to provide parking (reducing costs associated with providing parking and helping to create more affordable housing outcomes);
  • Contribute to corporate social responsibility relating to the triple bottom line, and improve corporate image as an innovative and environmentally-aware organisation;
  • Help to attract and retain staff (reducing costs associated with staff turnover); 
  • Contribute to a healthier, happier and more active workplace (reducing costs associated with sick days and an unhealthy, unproductive workforce);
  • Create opportunities for healthier lifestyles and more vibrant, cohesive and accessible communities; 
  • Provide staff and residents with potential travel cost savings;
  • Help to appeal to a new generation of professionals who prioritise location and lifestyle over car ownership;
  • Increase the potential market for your development by improving accessibility. 

Travel planning is a cost effective means of achieving this range of benefits for a development.

Last updated: Friday, 15 August 2014