Business Travel Plan Network going forward in Farnborough
23 Feb 12
Hampshire County Council have appointed consultants WSP-PB to establish a Travel Plan Network (TPN) for businesses in Farnborough, with the help of funding from the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund. This work, welcomed by Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, forms part of the Hampshire Sustainable Transport Towns Project.
The Chamber's Head of Area Development Ian Welland of Commerce joined the Council, WSP-PB and Companies at an inaugural meeting held at Astrium's offices at Europa House, Southwood Crescent Farnborough on 23 February to decide to join the FTPN which will provide long term benefit from practical support such as:
• Identifying potential transport-related cost savings
• Identifying existing barriers to sustainable travel to workplaces in Farnborough
• Increasing the awareness of sustainable travel options amongst companies and their employees
• Accessing a wide range of incentives that will be made available to staff to encourage them to use sustainable travel modes for journeys to work
• sharing of information and best practice, building on the ‘Smarter Ways To Work: Farnborough’ initiative through a forum
In recent months, Chamber members at our Area Committees have advised on some of the local travel and transport issues facing them as businesses and individuals, and also their experience across Hampshire as a whole. These concerns have been fed back to Hampshire County Council and the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership.
Hampshire County Council have identified Farnborough as having economic potential for a TPN to be successful, believing that they with Chamber support and direct interface with member businesses, other local businesses and transport providers, can work together to deliver long-term sustainable transport choices to the area that will help improve the economic competitiveness of local employers.
The idea to set up a TPN in Farnborough is part of a wider project taking in a total of 6 major towns across Hampshire. Hampshire County Council are keen to establish and manage a TPN funded initially from the Department for Transport for the delivery of specific sustainable transport measures to benefit businesses and their employees.
At the first meeting, links were re-established among a small number of businesses and the opportunity was taken by delegates to collectively discuss how the Travel Plan Network could have impact and to support the travel and transport needs of businesses and their employees in Farnborough.
The next stage of the process is to survey all businesses in Farnborough and Fleet regarding their viewpoints on business travel, flexible working and whether they have their own travel plans already in place and how successful this has been to date. Also, it is envisaged to draw businesses together with transport providers and Council stakeholders as well as the Enterprise M3 LEP.
For more information, please contact: Amanda Townsend on Tel: 01483 528436 or Email: TownsendA@pbworld.com