Residential Travel Plans

What are Residential Travel Plans?

Residential travel plans are packages of measures for encouraging environmentally friendly and efficient travel from residential areas. They act as a means of reducing single occupancy car trips to and from a residential area. This is achieved through encouraging lift sharing, the use of buses and trains, walking and cycling from a development.

What are the benefits of a Residential Travel plan?

There are several benefits from the production of a residential travel plan. These include: 

What is included in a Residential Travel Plan?

A residential travel plan needs to fully engage the residents of an area. It would include an assessment of the existing transport links serving an area. A survey of residents in the area would be undertaken to establish existing travel patterns and travel problems.   Based on this, measures would be introduced to achieve objectives to reduce single occupancy car travel.   Examples of such measures are: 

How does Cumbria County Council encourage Residential Travel Plans?

Cumbria County Council is committed to encouraging residential travel plans and can provide guidance and advice to any developer or community group interested in developing a residential travel plan.

Residential travel plans are also being sought through the planning process. Developers will be expected to submit a residential travel plan in support of any planning application that exceeds 80 dwellings, and may be required to submit a travel plan for smaller developments where there are other material considerations.   Full details of what is expected from developers can be found in Cumbria County Council's guidance "Travel Plans and the Planning Process: Guidance for Developers".