Green Travel Plan

INTRODUCTION

This document outlines the Green Travel Plan for The Galleries Shopping Centre. The overall objective of the plan is to seek to ensure that staff and visitors use more environmentally friendly alternatives than driving alone.

The plan contains five specific objectives:

• Objective 1: Increase awareness of the travel plan to both visitors and staff of The Galleries.

• Objective 2: Work with local transport providers to improve the provision of public transport to and from the Shopping Centre.

• Objective 3: Manage vehicle use at the site.

• Objective 4: Continue to enhance facilities and infrastructure for cycling and walking to and from the site.

• Objective 5: Monitor the effectiveness of the travel plan.

The travel plan covers journeys made by both staff and visitors travelling to and from the Shopping Centre.

 

What are the benefits of a green travel plan?

Corporate responsibility: The plan aims to make changes to the way staff and visitors travel to and from the centre. This can result in a better local environment for pedestrians and cyclists; result in cleaner air and less congested local streets.

Positive publicity: Producing a travel plan and generating positive publicity could improve The Galleries environmental image.

Increased travel choice: A wider range of travel options, savings and benefits may enhance the recruitment and retention of staff working at the centre. The plan may lead to greater social inclusion enabling those who do not have access to a car to travel to the centre more easily.

Health benefits: Many alternative forms of travel include an element of exercise that could lead to a healthier workforce, possibly leading to improved morale and a reduction of health related absences.

A more accessible site: Improving accessibility to the site for those individuals without access to a car as well as a decrease in the number of cars arriving at the centre used by staff. This should assist in easing congestion both at the site itself and on the approach roads to the centre. The centre will become more accessible and safer for all staff and visitors.

Financial savings: A travel plan can provide individual cost savings and benefits for travellers.

 

NATIONAL AND LOCAL TRANSPORT POLICY

The Green Travel Plan for The Galleries has been written within the context and appreciation of both national and local policy in relation to sustainable travel, as outlined below.

 

National Policy

The original stimulus for the consideration of greener travel originated from the White Paper produced by the Commission of the European Communities entitled ‘European Transport Policy for 2010: Time to Decide’ (September 2001). This document detailed commitments to reducing congestion and pollution by encouraging travel by modes other than car.

In 2008 the Department of Transport (DfT) published a report ‘Delivering a Sustainable Transport System’ which laid out national goals; specifically to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2011 a further White Paper was presented ‘Creating Growth, Cutting Carbon: Making Sustainable Local Transport Happen’, with the focus on taking action to deliver sustainable forms of transport at a local level and coincided with the launch of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. A key statement in the paper is that around two out of every three trips we make are less than 5 miles in length, many of which could be easily cycled, walked or undertaken by public transport.

 

Local Policy

The five local authorities within Tyne and Wear (Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland) plus Nexus, the local Passenger Transport Executive have collaborated to produce the plan ‘Keep Tyne and Wear Moving, LTP 3: The Third Local Transport Plan for Tyne and Wear, Strategy 2011 – 2021 (March 2011)’.

The overall vision for transport in Tyne and Wear is to ‘have a fully integrated and sustainable transport network, allowing everyone the opportunity to achieve their full potential and have a high quality of life.’ That the ‘strategic networks will support the efficient movement of people and goods within and beyond Tyne and Wear and a comprehensive network of pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport links will ensure that everyone has access to employment, training, community services and facilities.

The ‘Vision’ has subsequently been presented as five main objectives, which mirror those in the 2008 Draft report and include:

1              To support the economic development, regeneration and competiveness of Tyne and Wear, improving the efficiency, reliability and integration of transport networks across all modes.

2              To reduce carbon emissions produced by local transport movements and to strengthen our networks against the effects of climate change and extreme weather events.

3               To contribute to healthier and safer communities in Tyne and Wear, with higher levels of physical activity and personal security.

4              To create a fairer Tyne and Wear, providing everyone with the opportunity to achieve full potential and access a wide range of employment, training, facilities and services.

5              To protect, preserve and enhance our natural and built environments, improving quality of life and creating high quality public places.

Further information on LPT3 can be found at www.tyneandwearltp.gov.uk