Travel Plans


A travel plan is an evolving document targeted at reducing solo occupant car journeys to and from a particular site, or sites. A travel plan aims to do this through a series of measures and initiatives often focused around sustainable travel.

Cornwall Council offers support and guidance on writing and delivering plans.

We are working with employers in Cornwall  to:

  • reduce congestion and pollution
  • encourage the use of alternative travel and public transport
  • promote health, exercise and a better work-life balance

We do this by providing assistance in respect of equipment and facilities that encourage sustainable travel, and to develop workplace travel plans.

Workplace Travel Plans

A travel plan is specifically designed to meet the transport needs of a company, its employees and visitors.

The travel plan aims to increase the level of sustainable travel, as well as support initiatives which actually reduce the need to travel. Specific measures can include:

  • car sharing
  • cycle parking facilities
  • user friendly bus timetables
  • car share schemes
  • working from home
  • promotion and awareness-raising with employees

To find out how a travel plan could work for your business, click on Your Travel Plan.

Travel to work grant

We have developed a toolkit to help you create and implement a voluntary travel plan. It covers a range of information to guide you through the process. This includes best practice advice and a travel plan accreditation award.

The toolkit

It’s recommended that you use the following 5 resources when creating your travel plan

The surveys and site audit form are in a Word format so they can be altered to meet the needs of your site.

The following 3 resources can be used to help you monitor and assess current travel patterns for your site, and can give you an idea of the timescales for creating and implementing the plan.

Reviewing your Travel Plan

Travel plans are evolving documents and should be updated regularly to make sure they stay relevant and effective.

A travel plan review means you can assess any changes in travel patterns, evaluate the success and progress of the measures outlined in your action plan and identify your next steps.

You can review your travel plan on an annual basis, or more or less frequently depending on the needs of the plan and your business.

The toolkit below has been designed to help you review your plan.

Review toolkit

Parking guidelines should be followed when considering the design and location of car parking within developments.

Key principles are;

  1. The design quality of the street is paramount.
  2. There is no single best solution to providing car parking. A combination of on-plot, off-plot and on-street will often be appropriate.
  3. The street can provide a very good car park. On-street parking is efficient,
    understandable and can increase vitality and safety.
  4. Parking within a block is recommended only after parking at the front and on-street has been fully considered. Rear courtyards should support on-street parking, not replace it.
  5. Car parking needs to be designed with security in mind – advice on this issue is contained in Safer Places. See also the Safer Parking Scheme initiative of ACPO.
  6. Consideration needs to be given to parking for visitors and disabled people.

Further detailed information is contained within Travel Plan Advice for Developers - parking standards

This was developed in line with the Government's planning guidance.

  • These standards should still be used to inform development, but they are indicative only.
  • Parking standards will vary on a case by case basis depending on the location of the application site and access to public transport modes.

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