The Environment and Sustainable Development Corporate Working Group is developing a Travel Plan for Angus Council. Various elements of the Travel Plan have been in operation for some time, for example, the Council Bike Scheme and Shareajourney (car share scheme).
What is a Travel Plan?
A Travel Plan (GTP) is a general term for a package of measures tailored to the needs of individual organisation and aimed at promoting greener, cleaner travel choices and reducing reliance on the car.
It involves the development of a set of mechanisms and targets that together, can enable an organisation to reduce the impact of travel and transport on the environment. It can also bring a number of other benefits to an organisation as an employer and to staff. This Travel Plan aims to bring these benefits to Angus Council staff and visitors.
Benefits for an Organisation
- Increased productivity from a healthier, motivated workforce
- Potential cost savings
- Reduced congestion
- Reduced demand for parking and improved access
Benefits for Staff
- Cost and time savings
- Improved health
- Better quality of life
Benefits for the Environment
- Cleaner air
- Lower noise levels
- A reduction in the council's contribution to global warming
Why should we change our travel behaviour?
We can all see the effects of the way we travel on our environment, our health and our quality of life. Increases in road traffic have produced unsustainable levels of congestion and pollution. The effects can be felt at a local level through poor air quality, noise, and busier roads and at a global level through climate change. Journeys by road are becoming slower and more unreliable causing problems for business and stress to drivers.
Rosie Manson, Projects Officer: Environmental Strategy
Direct Dial: 01307 473258, Email MansonRC@angus.gov.uk