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In recent years the number of vehicles using our roads has been increasing, of particular concern is the number of single occupancy trips i.e. cars with only one person in them. This is leading to increased congestion, noise, air pollution and community severance. In order to address this problem Clackmannanshire Council is promoting the use of travel plans.
In a society over-dependent on the car for both long and short journeys, a travel plan is essentially a package of measures aimed at increasing choice whilst reducing reliance on the private car in favour of alternative sustainable modes. The role of a travel plan is to promote travel choice by increasing the awareness and relative advantage of transport alternatives to the car, particularly walking, cycling and public transport.
For new residential developments, travel plans can be used to set out measures which may be an incentive for house purchasers to chose a particular development or to use non-car modes for certain journeys. In many cases house purchasers are new to an area and are not aware of the local facilities and services available.
The requirements for each travel plan will depend on the proposals and the location,and will be at the discretion of the Council. Good practice advice for developing travel plans is available to download from the publications and documents section below.
A travel plan for a residential development should include the following:
Good design of the site at the master-planning stage can positively influence how people travel. The following are examples of design measures that encourage walking, cycling and public transport use:
It is generally accepted that a pedestrian will walk for approximately 20 minutes and cyclists will travel between 30 and 40 minutes to access jobs and services. To have a site considered highly accessible then the following criteria requires to be met:
Unlike other travel plans, it is not appropriate to set modal share targets or review and revise the original plan in housing developments. It is therefore critical that travel plans for residential developments are made available to all purchasers and are updated as the development progresses. This maximises the potential to create a sustainable development for the benefit of the whole community.
Roads, Traffic & Transportation
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