Making Exeter energy independent and congestion free is a goal that will be reached not only by transforming Exeter, but the districts making up its travel to work area as well. This is why it’s important to define what we mean by travel to work area, and the impact it will have on our goal.

A travel to work area is defined by Nomis as “approximations to self-contained labour markets based on commuting to work patterns”. For Exeter this area is vital in developing an understanding not only of the congestion problems caused by commuting but about how to reduce energy consumption as well.

Where is it?

The Exeter Travel to Work Area is made up of four districts – Exeter City Council, Teignbridge, Mid Devon and East Devon. It extends from eastern Dartmoor to Honiton, close to the border with Dorset and Somerset, and is nearly 2000km2.

Exeter Travel to Work Area Map

Why is it important?

Exeter alone has a population of 124,328, while the Travel to Work Area population is 280,000. Every day the city attracts over 37,000 commuters, largely coming from its adjoining districts. In addition to this the area as a whole consumes 10TWh of electricity, only 1.9TWh of which come from Exeter.

Just as Exeter has a significant impact on the area in terms of the employment opportunities and cultural activities it offers, the travel to work area has a significant impact on Exeter. By working together and developing solutions for all the areas affected by increasing congestion and energy consumption the area as a whole can benefit from achieving our goal.

To find out more about the energy and congestion issues facing Exeter and its Travel to Work Area visit our The Challenge page.