One size does not fit all, which is why this toolkit is designed to be able to help:
- produce a local area transport plan or neighbourhood travel plan
- a travel plan for trip generator, such as a local workplace, school, station or visitor attraction
- transport-proofing a parish plan or a neighbourhood plan
- a travel campaign for a local action group or coalition of groups.
The size of the plan you want to produce is up to you. A short two page plan with a vision, objectives, a few figures and targets that ends with a what you can do section can be really accessible. At the other extreme a 50 page plan that sets out the context in detail and contains a long list of measures that can be prioritised can really get you somewhere.
Local Area Transport Plans have been pioneered by Central Bedfordshire Council to provide local detail to the high level strategy and objectives in its Local Transport Plan. Besides setting out potential sites for housing and employment as well as relevant parts of parish and town plans, these identify problems for different forms of transport. The Shefford and Silsoe plan is a good example for rural areas.
Travel plans can vary greatly depending on the type of trip generator or indeed wider area that they are aimed at. They tend to be shorter term than Local Transport Plans, which can look 20 years into the future. The different types of are covered in more detail in the separate travel planning section.
Parish plans ‘set out a vision of what is important, how new development can best be fitted in, the design and quality standards it should meet, how to preserve valued local features and to map out the facilities which the community needs to safeguard for the future.’ It’s important to ensure transport issues and needs are incorporated, not just in terms of explicit policies but also thinking through the transport implications of other policies.
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Some of these plans refer to ‘transport’, others to ‘travel’. Transport plans traditionally focused on hard measures, things like creating new bus services and cycle routes, while travel plans focused more on softer measures like events and promotion. In addition they are perhaps more inclusive of promoting walking and changing trip patterns, for example greater use of local shops. With more and more evidence showing that you can be more effective if you combine hard and soft measures, the boundary has become blurred and most plans have a bit of both now, whichever word is in their title.