Travel Plans

Transport written statement – made at on 29 April 2009.

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Photo of Paul Clark Paul Clark Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

My right hon. Friend the Minister of State for Housing and Planning and I are today publishing "Delivering Travel Plans through the Planning Process—Good Practice Guidelines". This document supersedes our previous guidelines "Using the planning process to secure travel plans: Best practice guidance for local authorities, developers and occupiers" which were published in July 2002

Travel plans have been used successfully for many years, whether secured through planning of developments or prepared on a voluntary basis. They are an important tool for promoting sustainable travel, such us walking, cycling, and public transport. They help to reduce single occupancy car use, carbon emissions and congestion.

The documents contain suggested good practice guidelines and are recommendations only. There are no additions or changes to Government policy or law; instead there are helpful suggestions and case studies in the new documents which will make travel planning more effective.

Copies of the new guidelines and a summary will be available on the Department for Transport, and Communities and Local Government's websites (www.dft.gov.uk and http://www.communities.gov.uk/corporate/), the Libraries of both Houses, the Vote Office and Printed Paper Office.