Travel Plans

Travel Plans are a key way to reduce the number of car trips associated with developments by encouraging sustainable travel modes or reducing the need to travel. They play a key role within both national and local policy guidance levels and, Planning Authorities are increasingly requiring planning applications that have even moderate effects on the local highway network to be accompanied by a Travel Plan.

They offer benefits to those directly involved in the Travel Plan as well as the wider community, through improving parking management, reducing road congestion, improved public transport links, road safety and the physical environment in terms of air quality and noise pollution levels.

Whether you require a Travel Plan to support a Planning Application, discharge a planning condition or for full implementation, at SMA, we have specialist staff with extensive experience in developing, implementing and monitoring Travel Plans for a range of sites, including residential, workplace, education, and healthcare and leisure facilities. We are currently providing Travel Plan Coordination services to approximately 10,000 homes across 41 sites within 16 counties on behalf of our various Clients.

SMA has a comprehensive background in the preparation and implementation of Travel Plans, including:

  • Preparation of Framework or Full Travel Plans
  • Assistance with discharging planning conditions and meeting S.106 obligations
  • Assessment of site accessibility and sustainability
  • Assessment of local travel demand
  • Analysis of existing behavioural travel patterns, through questionnaire surveys and traffic and parking surveys
  • Mapping of public transport and safe walking and cycle routes
  • Mapping of postcode data and site catchment areas
  • Initiation of smarter travel options
  • Completion of Personalised Travel Planning
  • Preparation of Annual Monitoring Reports and review of Travel Plan targets
  • Development of positive working relationships with many Local Authorities regarding the development of travel plans; calculating and agreeing travel plan costs
  • Completion of the Travel Plan Coordinator role from start to finish of projects

We have positive working relationships with many Local Authorities regarding the development of Travel Plans, calculating and agreeing Travel Plan costs, negotiating off-setting of contributions and implementation of Travel Plans through the Travel Plan Coordinator role.

For more information about how SMA can assist you with your Travel Plan requirements, please contact Martin Ohrland.


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