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A travel plan is a package of measures which aims to encourage people to travel by sustainable modes. Travel plans can help to deliver sustainable access to new and existing development and are seen as an integral element of the planning process.

However, it’s never too late to start thinking about a travel plan, even for a facility which has been around for many years.

A travel plan should look at long term management and be regularly reviewed. For a large development, targets for achieving modal shift should be set out along with measures which can be undertaken if targets are not reached. Whilst targets may not be appropriate for smaller facilities, there are many innovative ways of reducing the number of single occupancy car journeys to a site.

Encouraging change in travel behaviour

One of the easiest ways of helping people to think about how they travel is to provide them with up to date relevant information; this is where a travel plan coordinator can play a vital role. Travel plans are just one way of encouraging people to change their travel behaviour. Other measures include:

  • Improving and expanding cycle storage facilities
  • Providing pool vehicles and bikes
  • Promoting car sharing
  • Installing shower facilities
  • Providing  free loans for cycle and season ticket purchase

Working with other organisations

We are working with a number of organisations to get travel plans in place. These include:

  • Bedford Hospital
  • Bedford College
  • Schools 
  • Local developers

The Bedford Stations Travel Plan was adopted in March 2011 by Bedford Borough Council and its partners. See more information on the Bedford Stations Travel Plan here.

General advice from Department of Transport

Contact the Travel Plan Officer


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