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Exeter Residential Travel Planning

Area wide travel planning by Devon County Council, promoting sustainable travel options to new housing developments in Exeter.

 

Using financial contributions from housing developers, Devon County Council delivers sustainable travel information including personalised travel planning, travel information packs and bus, rail, cycle and car-share vouchers to residents of new dwellings.

The aim is to promote the use of sustainable travel modes (including walking, cycling, public transport and car sharing) at an early stage and embed good travel practices that help to reduce levels of car use amongst residents.

Travel Planning was previously undertaken by individual developers on a site by site basis. However, this approach was inefficient with developments receiving information of varying levels of quality and limited monitoring of outcomes. To improve this and provide a consistent standard across strategic growth areas in Exeter, the County has started securing financial contributions from development so that it can deliver the Travel Planning work.

 

Key Outputs

Starting in 2017, over 800 dwellings in the growth areas of Monkerton, Newcourt and Pinhoe have been engaged with.

Monitoring of the project impacts identified that residents were subsequently driving fewer days of the week, with a 7% decrease in those driving to work for 5 days and a 5% increase in those stating they did not use the car to travel to work.

Surveys also identified that 75% of respondents had shifted from the car to sustainable travel for at least one leisure trip.

There is also evidence that the benefits of the project have extended beyond residents; for instance, a parent indicated they had encouraged other members of a social group to travel by train.

 

Examples of the travel information packs and other resources for sustainable travel can be found on the Travel Devon Website.

 

Project Lead and Partners Involved