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1 Travel Planning in a Recession Kindly sponsored by Wednesday 10 th June 2009

2 1. Intro – Mark Webb (TfW) 2. Importance of Travel Planning – Mike Salter (EEDA) 3. Travel Planning in a Recession – Gary Armstrong (TfW) 4. Travel Plan Safari 5. Lessons Learnt Must be out by am for next meeting. Agenda


4 Mike Salter Transport Planning Manager EEDA

5 My presentation today Regional economic context for transport; Transport Economic Evidence Study (TEES); and Why travel planning matters

6 About the RES – key ambitions GVA per capita over 70% higher in 2031 than today GVA per employee over 60% higher reduce CO2 60% by 2031

7 RES Engines of Growth

8 Regional Economic Context RES: a sustainable transport system that fully supports sustainable economic growth –Priority 1: make best use of existing networks –Priority 2: invest in transport to maximise growth –Priority 3: increased benefit from gateways –Priority 4:reduce environmental impacts

9 TEES Study Objectives What is the wider cost to the regional economy of the constraints imposed by the current and planned transport network? Where in the region does transport impose the most severe costs upon the economy? What are the economic benefits of implementing additional transport interventions? Sound economic and transport modelling as basis

10 Study Findings - Costs of Congestion By 2021, congestion in region will cost UK economy: –As much as £1.3bn per annum in GDP terms if all congestion could be eliminated –And up to £2.2bn per annum in GDP and welfare terms Equivalent productivity losses in the region: –Up to £900 per worker per annum

11 Productivity losses / worker

12 Study Findings Carbon Impacts – Highway Packages

13 So why is travel planning important? Transport has key role in the regional economy Imbalance between demand and supply causes congestion - £2bn p.a. cost Targeted investment gives high returns but we cannot build our way out – supply-side alone is not the answer At most addresses 8-15% of economic cost of congestion

14 So why is travel planning important? Need for demand-side measures; travel planning and reducing work-related vehicular journeys a key element TEES shows that 10% reduction in highway trips in Cambridge and Norwich = £20m benefits / year And carbon benefits too – hits multiple RES ambitions So keen to support Travel for Work initiative


16 Travel Planning in a Recession Gary Armstrong Travel Plan Adviser Travel for Work Partnership

17 Is the recession affecting workplace Travel Planning? National Headlines:

18 Take a Stand money handed back Large employer NOT applying for Travel Plan Award because making employees redundant No time at present. Working hard to stay alive! TfW Employer reducing travel plan coordinator work time Is the recession affecting workplace Travel Planning? TfW Anecdotal Evidence:

19 Travel planning is positive NOT negative Saves commuters money Helps reduce congestion – keep economy moving We are all worried about CO2 – help commuters do their bit We are all worried about obesity, heart disease, diabetes etc – help commuters take more exercise Reduces business travel costs But Travel Planning can help employers weather the storm ?

20 Sustainable (more active) commuting = less sickness = more productive = commuting cost reduction = Happier, healthier, wealthier workforce Positive green publicity – link initiatives to recession busting! Corporate Social Responsibility reporting Reduced pressure on the car park = reduced organisation stress! Some ideas to consider

21 Cycling: - Tax efficient cycle purchase schemes - Negotiate discounts with cycle shops - Fund/subsidise cycle training - Improve on-site facilities - Allow 10 mins a day to change/shower - Fund regular Dr Bike sessions Some ideas to consider

22 Car Sharing: - Provide free access to car parks and/or allocate best car park spaces - Highlight cost savings in publicity - Provide access to a matching service (eg. CamShare) - Promote success stories Some ideas to consider

23 Car Clubs: - Proven to save money - Car hire service - ½ hr minimum usage - Can potentially be used by business as a Pool Car option Some ideas to consider

24 Bus/Train use: - Negotiate bus/train discounts (can you join with neighbours?) - Subsidise bus/train fares - Promote stress reducing bus experience: time to yourself, read a book, snooze etc - Work with provider to promote cost/time savings of bus/train use (season tickets/smart cards) - Improve bus stops (lighting, seating, cover) Some ideas to consider

25 Business Travel - Pool bikes – cycle to local meetings - Video/audio conferencing – reducing need to travel - Train travel can be less expensive than car (allows time to work) - Pool umbrellas – walk to local meetings Some ideas to consider

26 Work-life balance - Reduces staff travel costs - Improves staff moral - Can improve productivity Some ideas to consider

27 Travel Plan Safari – How it Works 1.Four 15 minute sessions. 2.Facilitator will talk for 3 minutes about their offering – a bell will ring at the end of the 3 minutes. 3.Delegates then have 12 minutes to ask questions. 4.A horn will sound at the end of 12 minutes and it is then time to move on to the next table as indicated in you delegate notes – please move on as quickly as possible. 5.Above process will be repeated Remember to complete the two questions on the delegate form as you may be asked to share your ideas at the end of the meeting!

28 Travel Plan Safari – Six Tables Table 1: Car Clubs – Street Car – Andrew Edgar Table 2: Car Sharing – CamShare/Liftshare – Louis Clabburn Table 3: Cycling – Cambridge Cycling Campaign – Jim Chisolm – Simon Hayden (Cycle Training) Table 4: Bus Transport – Passenger Transport, Cambs CC – Michael Harber Table 5: Flexible Working – Cambridgeshire County Council – Maxine Harriman Table 6: Train Transport – National Express/First Capital Direct – Tanya Havers – Julie Ryan

29 Delegate Feedback Remember to complete the two questions on the delegate form as you may be asked to share your ideas at the end of the meeting! 1.What One thing have you learnt from today? 2.What one thing will you do as a result of todays meeting? Names to be drawn out of a bag!

30 Wrap-up 1.Dont forget to fill in the feedback form? 2.Contact the TfW team for further details on any of the issues discussed: Mark Webb – Gary Armstrong –

31 Thank You for Attending


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