Essential elements

Essential elements

Effective travel planning

In order to develop and implement an effective travel plan, a number of key steps are required. These steps ensure that a travel plan is robust, realistic and achievable.

The essential elements of a travel plan include:

  • Site audit and data collection, which is crucial for understanding the starting point;
  • Objectives and targets that define the direction and purpose of the travel plan. Targets should be specific, measurable, achievable and time-bound;
  • Actions that will help achieve the objectives. Actions should provide incentives for using sustainable transport modes;
  • A strategy for promoting and marketing the actions;
  • Commitment of resources, including financial support and human resources to allow for implementation, monitoring, review and continual improvement of the travel plan;
  • A monitoring and review process that sets out a systematic approach to measuring the impact of the travel plan;
  • Governance support, including appointment of a Travel Plan Coordinator or Committee.  

When developing a travel plan, it is important to remember:

  • A travel plan is not simply a list of existing sustainable transport infrastructure and facilities. A travel plan should include descriptions of existing transport conditions to set the scene, and should also identify how people traveling to/from the site will be encouraged to use those facilities.
  • A travel plan is not a Transport and Access Guide (TAG). Developing a TAG might be an action that can be included in the plan, but is not the same as creating a travel plan.  
  • A travel plan should not simply be a list of actions. A travel plan should include the results of the site audit, objectives and targets, identify human and financial resources that will be used to support the plan and describe monitoring and review processes. 

Council recognises that when a travel plan is required as part of the development application process, the end user may not necessarily be known to the developer. This may affect the information available to assist in informing baseline data, and in turn developing objectives and targets.

In such circumstances, the monitoring and review strategy becomes increasingly important. While the travel plan submitted for approval may describe the initial situation, ongoing review will ensure that the travel plan incorporates baseline data and establishes actions and strategies that are relevant to the context.

Representation of the planning process

Last updated: Friday, 15 August 2014