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Sustainable Travel

22 December 2016

Sustainable Modes of Travel Strategy (SMoTS)

The measures in Essex County Council’s Sustainable Modes of Travel Strategy (SMoTS) outline the steps the authority are taking to enable accessibility to places of employment and education for all, including other neighbourhood services such as retail and leisure; with the associated health, social and economic benefits to them and their communities.
 
The adoption of this Strategy provides the framework for the Council and its partners to co-ordinate the provision of services and infrastructure to achieve its objectives.

Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE) Project

Essex County Council are participating in the Low Carbon Across South East (LoCASE) project. This is an EU funded project set up to help businesses tackle and adapt to climate change. The Sustainable Travel Planning Team are able to help SME's throughout Essex to implement Travel Plans for staff and visitors, helping them reduce their reliance on single occupancy cars and encouraging people to use different modes of transport. Further information about the project can be found in the LoCASE Accreditation Fact Sheet. Contact travelplanteam@essex.gov.uk to express an interest in participating in this project.  

Business Travel Plans

Essex County Council assists businesses, developers and transport consultants with the drafting, implementation and monitoring of Business Travel Plans. You can download a Travel Plan Template for either a development with a single user or multiple occupants. Accompanying Guidance Notes are available to support the process (single user or multi occupant). 
 
Essex County Council also co-ordinate a successful Travel Plan Accreditation Scheme, whereby Travel Plans are reviewed, monitored and, where applicable, accredited with a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum standard award. These awards reflect the organisation’s efforts in the promotion and development of their Travel Plan, ensuring that it remains an ‘active’ document. For more information contact travelplanteam@essex.gov.uk.

Residential Travel Plans

Essex County Council work alongside developers and transport consultants on the creation, implementation and delivery of Residential Travel Plans; as well as the supply and distribution of Travel Information Packs for new development sites. 
 
You can download our Residential Travel Plan template and associated Guidance Notes and there are other materials available on request, from the team, to assist with this process. A dedicated county-wide Residential Travel Plan Co-ordinator will advise developers/consultants, conduct site visits, and support with the monitoring and review of your Residential Travel Plans. For more information contact travelplanteam@essex.gov.uk.

School Travel Plans

Essex County Council will engage with and support any school in Essex to assist them to develop their own School Travel Plan. These are owned by the school and aimed at improving the transport options available to their community.
 
A plan will usually focus on pupils but will also engage parents and staff along with looking at the school’s interaction with the local area. We provide the framework necessary to assess the demand from pupils, identify and analyse any transport issues, and then produce an Action Plan of measures to make the journeys to and from school safer, healthier, more sustainable and, above all, more enjoyable. 
 
All schools in Essex have free access to the Modeshift STARS online tool. This provides the entire framework needed to develop, maintain and improve a School Travel Plan, with the chance for schools to progressively earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Accreditation. If your school would like to develop their own Travel Plan, contact travelplanteam@essex.gov.uk for more information.

Rail Strategy and the Community Rail Partnership 

Essex County Council work with the local rail operators to support continued improvement to the local rail network and produce a Rail Strategy. The Council is part of the Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership which encourages rail travel on the five branch lines within Essex.

Getting Around in Essex

For information regarding walking, cycling, Public Rights of Way, School Crossing Patrols, bus services, Park & Ride, using the train, the Essex Car Share scheme, electric vehicle charging points and a raft of other useful information to help you ‘travel smart’, visit Getting Around in Essex.