PROPOSED ALDI DEVELOPMENT MOSS LANE GARSTANG SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL PLAN - ALDI FOOD STORES
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PROPOSED ALDI DEVELOPMENT MOSS LANE GARSTANG SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL PLAN August 2014 ALDI FOOD STORES Turner Lowe Associates TRAFFIC ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS 22 Guest Road. Manchester. M25 3DL. Tel. 0161 798 7898 Fax. 0161 798 6642
TLA Proposed Aldi Development Moss Lane. Garstang Sustainable Travel Plan PROPOSED ALDI DEVELOPMENT MOSS LANE GARSTANG SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL PLAN August 2014 ALDI FOOD STORES Job. No. 140601 Authorised By: J. Lowe Position: Partner Signed: Date: 6 August 2014 This report is for the sole use of Aldi Food Stores (the Client) and Turner Lowe Associates in connection with the above project. No undertaking or responsibilities are given to any other party. Reproduction of any part of this report is expressly forbidden without the approval of Turner Lowe Associates and the Client. Turner Lowe Associates. Turner Lowe Associates
TLA Proposed Aldi Development Moss Lane. Garstang Sustainable Travel Plan Contents Page 1. Introduction 1 2. Details of Proposed Development and Existing Accessibility 3 i. The Development 3 ii. Location 3 iii. Existing Travel Patterns in Garstang 5 iv. Pedestrian Accessibility 7 v. Public Transport Accessibility 8 vi. Pedal Cycle Accessibility 9 3. Objectives and Content of the Travel Plan 10 i. Stage 1 10 ii Stage 2 11 Employee Initiatives 11 i. Employee Travel Survey 11 ii. Travel and Travel Plan Information Provision 11 iii. Personalised Travel Planning 12 iv. Walking 12 v. Pedal Cycling 12 vi. Public Transport 13 vii Motor Car Users 13 Customer Initiatives 14 i. Customer Travel Survey 14 4. Implementation and Monitoring 15 i. Travel Plan Co-ordinator 15 ii. Responsibilities 15 iii. Key Travel Plan Administration Tasks 15 iv. Travel Plan Monitoring 16 v. Marketing 16 vi. Targets 16 vii Reporting 17 5. Conclusions 20 Turner Lowe Associates
TLA Proposed Aldi Development Moss Lane. Garstang Sustainable Travel Plan Figures Appendices Drawings Turner Lowe Associates
TLA Proposed Aldi Development Moss Lane. Garstang Sustainable Travel Plan 1. Introduction 1.1 This Sustainable Travel Plan has been prepared on behalf of Aldi Stores Ltd as part of the proposed development by Morbaine Ltd on Moss Lane, Garstang. 1.2 This Travel Plan will be applied to both Aldi staff and customer policies. 1.3 The Plan has been prepared in accordance with guidance contained in the following original DETR documents: i. Green Transport Plans ii. The Benefits of Green Transport Plans: The Guide iii. The Benefits of Green Transport Plans: A Literature Review iv. Guide to Green Transport Plans: Advice for Government Departments. subsequently issued DfT documents: v. Preparing Your Organisation for Transport in the Future: The Benefits of Green Transport Plans: The Guide. 1999 vi. Making Travel Plans Work. 2000 vii. Travel Plan Resource Pack for Employers. 2000 viii. Using the Planning Process to Secure Travel Plans. 2005 ix. Good Practice Guidelines: Delivering Travel Plans through the Planning Process. April 2009 and: x. NHS National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Public Health Guidance Report 8: Promoting and Creating Built or Natural Environments that Encourage and Support Physical Activity. January 2008. 1.4 In 1998, the Government published its White Paper entitled "A New Deal for Transport, Better for Everyone". This document sets out the Government's current transport policy which promotes a greater integration of the transport and land use planning processes, and a priority for sustainable modes of transport. 1.5 The Government’s White Paper on the future of transport entitled “The Future of Transport – a network for 2030” July 2004, sets out the Governments continued commitment to sustainable transport. 1.6 The increased dominance of the private motor car contributes to congestion, pollution, social barriers, increased risk of accidents and can affect the health and fitness of people. Current travel patterns are unsustainable and future demands for travel cannot be satisfactorily met, particularly by car, unless they are managed more efficiently. Turner Lowe Associates -1-
TLA Proposed Aldi Development Moss Lane. Garstang Sustainable Travel Plan 1.7 Aldi are well aware of current transport issues and the need for sustainable development. Aldi are actively taking action to reduce the impact of their stores and other operations and activities. 1.8 This Sustainable Travel Plan is consistent with the National policies and will thus help to achieve the Government's objectives of reducing reliance on the private car, reducing traffic emissions, and the promotion of sustainable transport. The Plan embraces national and local transport policy objectives to reduce the number and length of motorised journeys and will help to encourage alternative means of transport. 1.9 To achieve these aims a two stage approach will be adopted as summarised below: Stage 1 To provide a number of measures from the outset as part of the development to provide Aldi shoppers and employees with safe and viable transport alternatives to the car for accessing the store. Stage 2 To continually monitor the travel patterns of customers and employees, and implement any additional selective measures that may be identified to encourage sustainable travel. Turner Lowe Associates -2-
TLA Proposed Aldi Development Moss Lane. Garstang Sustainable Travel Plan 2. Details of Proposed Development and Existing Accessibility i. The Development 2.1 The development site is located on the G B Oils depot site on Moss Lane (Figure 1). 2.2 The development will consist of an Aldi Discount Foodstore with a gross floor area of 1699 sq m. The site layout and access arrangements are shown on Drawing No: 140601/01 Rev A, a copy of which is provided in the Drawings section of this report. 2.3 The site has an existing substandard access that will be replaced by an access to current standards. 2.4 The existing (Oil Depot) use rights of the site have the potential to generate significant HGV activity. An Aldi store usually has no more than 5-6 deliveries a day at off peak times. Delivery routes are planned with vehicles often delivering to several stores to minimise distances travelled by each vehicle and maximise efficiency of goods delivery. This practice is not only economically beneficial for Aldi but achieves greatest sustainability. 2.5 The proposed development will therefore result in the removal of significant HGV activity in this area; the closure of a sub-standard access point; and the creation of a new access to modern design standards. ii. Location 2.6 The site in relation to the surrounding highway network is shown in Figure 2. 2.7 The proposed redevelopment site is located to the north of Moss Lane on an existing Oil Depot site. As outlined above, the existing site has access only from Moss Lane. This is a sub-standard access for commercial uses with the site’s existing use rights capable of generating high volumes of HGV traffic. Turner Lowe Associates -3-
TLA Proposed Aldi Development Moss Lane. Garstang Sustainable Travel Plan View of Moss Lane Access Looking West View of Moss Lane Access Looking East 2.8 Moss Lane is an unclassified local distributor road which connects to the A6 to the west (and to the M6 Junction 33 to the north) and to Park Hill Road to the east (Park Hill Road and High Street / Market Place form part of the B6430 providing a one- way clockwise gyratory around the town centre). 2.9 The immediate vicinity is subject to a blanket 20 mph speed limit introduced as part of the highway authority’s policy for residential areas, with waiting restrictions to protect the existing access junction and other sections of carriageway. In other sections there is on-street parking which helps to keep vehicle speeds in line with Turner Lowe Associates -4-
TLA Proposed Aldi Development Moss Lane. Garstang Sustainable Travel Plan the 20 mph limit. Moss Lane is a single carriageway around 8.5 m wide in the vicinity of the development. 2.10 The site has good vehicle and alternative mode accessibility to the surrounding area. iii. Existing Travel Patterns in Garstang 2.11 The National Trip End Model (Tempro V6.2 / Dataset 62) has been used to derive the modes of transport used in Garstang for Shopping and Employment Trip purposes in comparison with the County and National travel patterns at 2014 levels. The results are shown in Tables 2.1 and 2.2 below. 2.12 As can be seen weekday and Saturday shopping trips on foot in Garstang are very slightly less than the County and National averages. As will be seen in Section 4 of this report, the proximity of existing residential development in relation to the proposed development is likely to be conducive to higher percentages of trips on foot being made to the development. 2.13 Weekday and Saturday Shopping trips by cycle in Garstang are again slightly lower than the County and National averages. The ease of cycling on Moss Lane and the provision of cycle parking within the development should result in the development generating a higher level of cycle trips than is currently being experienced in Garstang. 2.14 Weekday and Saturday shopping trips by car are higher in Garstang than the County and National averages but the likely increase in trips on foot and by cycle will be balanced by a reduction in trips by car so this should reduce for the development. 2.15 Shopping trips using Public Transport are lower in Garstang than the County and National Averages but with services passing by or close to the site higher percentages would be expected in this location than the Garstang average. 2.16 Both weekday and Saturday employment trips made on foot in Garstang are slightly lower than the County and National averages. Employment trips by cycle are also slightly lower. The large area of population within easy walking and cycling distance of the development from where employment trips for a Discount Foodstore could originate, however, should result in greater percentages being achieved, 2.17 Employment trips made by car are higher in Garstang than the County and National averages but as in the case of customer trips, the likely increase in trips on foot and by cycle will be balanced by a reduction in trips by car. 2.18 As in the case of shopping trips, Employment trips using Public Transport are lower in Garstang than the County and National Averages but with services directly Turner Lowe Associates -5-
TLA Proposed Aldi Development Moss Lane. Garstang Sustainable Travel Plan passing or passing close to the site, and stops within easy walking distance, a higher level of use would be expected by the staff to be employed at the proposed foodstore. Table 2.1 Modes of Travel for Shopping Trips in Garstang, Lancashire and Nationwide (2014) Mode Garstang Lancashire GB Weekdays Walk 32.99% 34.26% 34.87% Cycle 1.15% 1.23% 1.17% Car Driver 40.67% 37.79% 36.83% Car Passenger 19.95% 20.96% 20.40% Bus 4.89% 5.12% 5.75% Rail 0.39% 0.64% 1.0% Saturdays Walk 28.27% 28.67% 29.02% Cycle 0.95% 1.01% 0.97% Car Driver 38.23% 36.05% 35.29% Car Passenger 27.79% 28.94% 28.37% Bus 4.34% 4.65% 5.23% Rail 0.42% 0.68% 1.12% Table 2.2 Modes of Travel for Employment Trips in Garstang, Lancashire and Nationwide (2014) Mode Garstang Lancashire GB Weekdays Walk 12.25% 12.68% 12.87% Cycle 2.26% 2.67% 2.54% Car Driver 67.51% 65.32% 63.26% Car Passenger 11.94% 12.22% 11.52% Bus 4.73% 4.82% 5.51% Rail 1.31% 2.29% 4.30% Saturdays Walk 13.07% 13.50% 13.58% Cycle 2.80% 3.44% 3.53% Car Driver 63.51% 61.25% 59.26% Car Passenger 15.45% 15.99% 15.72% Bus 4.59% 4.69% 5.58% Rail 0.58% 1.13% 2.33% Turner Lowe Associates -6-
TLA Proposed Aldi Development Moss Lane. Garstang Sustainable Travel Plan 2.19 The location of the development is clearly well suited to encourage trips, both by shoppers and staff to be made by alternative modes of travel to the private car. iv. Pedestrian Accessibility 2.20 The site is within easy walking distance of a wide surrounding catchment area. 2.21 The DTLR publication “By Design: Better Places to Live, A companion guide to PPG3” advises that when considering new residential development the area within 10 minutes walking time or 800 m walking distance should be examined to determine the range of facilities which residents could access comfortably on foot. Whilst the parent document PPG3 has now been superseded this advice is still valid. The same logic would therefore be appropriate to determine the area which would be within a comfortable walking distance or time of the proposed development. This is also the preferred maximum walking distance for town centre journeys on foot as advised by the Institution of Highways and Transportation in their publication ‘Guidelines for Providing for Journeys on Foot’. 2.22 Whilst now superseded by the National Planning Policy Framework, the advice in the former PPG13 is still relevant and advised that walking is the most important mode of travel at the local level and offers the greatest potential to replace short car trips, particularly under 2 kilometres. Assuming a round trip of 2 km for a shopping trip, a single walking distance of 1 km would, therefore, be considered acceptable. 2.23 The site location and the areas within an 800 m and 1 km radius are shown in Figure 3. As can be seen, virtually the whole of Garstang would be within these comfortable walking distances. This and the following diagram indicates “as the crow flies” distances. The science behind the derivation of these distances is far from exact and any more detailed catchment areas would not have any greater reliability (in fact less by indicating with what may appear to be accuracy, areas that would not be within walking distance from where pedestrians could easily walk to the site). 2.24 The site is also adjacent to the Booths foodstore and car park (which also acts as a general car park for the town centre). There is a strong likelihood of there being linked trips between the two foodstores in line with current Transport Planning policies. 2.25 For employment trips a 2 km walk in each direction would be appropriate and this is also the preferred maximum walking distance for commuting journeys on foot as advised by the Institution of Highways and Transportation in their publication ‘Guidelines for Providing for Journeys on Foot’. The area within such a catchment is shown in Figure 4. This covers the whole of Garstang and Bowgreave from where staff who could walk to the development on foot could be recruited. Turner Lowe Associates -7-
TLA Proposed Aldi Development Moss Lane. Garstang Sustainable Travel Plan 2.26 Footways in the area are relatively good and there should be no need for any improvements to accommodate the expected pedestrian traffic that will be generated by the development. 2.27 The site is clearly accessible on foot and the location in relation to the surrounding areas is likely to encourage trips to the development to be made on foot and a potential reduction in car use. v. Public Transport Accessibility 2.28 The site is well served by public transport with several services passing close to the site on the Park Hill Road gyratory system or on Moss Lane as detailed in Table 2.3. . Table 2.3 Bus Service Details. Service Frequency Area Covered 40 60 min Mon - Sat Preston – Garstang – Lancaster - Morecambe 06.15 – 23.39 60 min Sundays 09.44 – 21.48 40a 1 service Mon - Fri Preston – Garstang – Lancaster 07.55 1 service Mon - Fri 17.20 41 60 min Mon - Fri Preston – Garstang – Lancaster - Morecambe 08.07 – 18.19 60 min Saturdays 09.42 – 18.12 42 60 min Mon - Fri Blackpool – Garstang – Lancaster 07.43 – 23.29 60 min Saturdays 10.20 – 23.29 120 min Sundays 12.19 – 21.19 2.29 The routes of these services are shown in Figure 5 2.30 The closest stop on Moss Lane is a simple “standard” stop. The Park Hill Road stops have raised boarding points and high standard shelters with timetable displays. Turner Lowe Associates -8-
TLA Proposed Aldi Development Moss Lane. Garstang Sustainable Travel Plan 2.31 It is clear that the site has good public transport accessibility and is well located in accordance with current transportation planning policies. vi. Pedal Cycle Accessibility 2.32 There are no defined cycle routes in the immediate vicinity of the development but the western end of Moss Lane is used for a recreational cycle route that follows the canal. There are other planned cycle routes for the area as shown in Figure 6. 2.33 On Park Hill Road to the south of Moss Lane cycle lanes have been provided but elsewhere the traffic flows are such that specific cycle facilities are not needed. 2.34 Within the site secure cycle parking facilities will be provided to encourage this mode of transport for small shopping trips. Staff will be further encouraged to use cycles as an alternative to the car through the provision of secure long stay cycle parking facilities and lockers. 2.35 It is usual to assume a maximum cycle distance of 5 km for shopping trips and employment trips. Assuming a total cycle distance of 5 km (i.e. 2.5 km each way) for shopping trips gives the cycling catchment area indicated in Figure 7. As can be seen the whole of Garstang is within easy cycling distance of the development site. 2.36 For employment trips it would be reasonable to assume a 5 km distance each way. Such a catchment area would have 2x the radius of the Figure 7 catchment area and 4x the area. Cycling would clearly be an appropriate form of travel from a wide surrounding area for employment trips. 2.37 The site is clearly accessible by this mode of transport and the development will encourage this mode for shopping and employment trips as an alternative to the car. Turner Lowe Associates -9-
TLA Proposed Aldi Development Moss Lane. Garstang Sustainable Travel Plan 3. Objectives and Content of the Travel Plan 3.1 The Travel Plan is primarily aimed at reducing the dependence of Employees on travel by car. The main objectives of the Travel Plan can therefore be defined as follows: i. Discourage the use of unsustainable modes of transport and enable employees to make travel choices that benefit themselves and their community. ii. Introduce a package of physical and management measures that will facilitate employee travel by sustainable modes; and iii. Raise awareness of alternative modes of transport and thus encourage a modal shift towards more sustainable travel modes. 3.2 The secondary objectives of the Travel Plan are to: iv. To increase customer awareness of the advantages and availability of sustainable modes; and v. To reduce unnecessary and unsustainable use of the car by customers, particularly in the case of short trips. 3.3 The objectives will be achieved through reference to information on travel patterns at the site which will be analysed to identify and establish baseline conditions, the propensity for future travel change and to assist in the selection / refinement of individual Travel Plan measures. STAGE 1 3.4 The first stage in the process of implementing the Sustainable Travel Plan is the introduction of measures forming part of the development proposals, which will encourage sustainable travel from the outset. The design of the proposed development takes full account of the aims of the Sustainable Travel Plan and introduces a number of measures which will improve sustainable transport for people travelling to and from the store. These measures include: i. The provision of pedestrian routes within the site linking the site to Moss Lane, and with agreement, the Booths store / car park and the northern part of the town centre beyond. ii. The provision of pedal cycle parking facilities within the site in close proximity to the store entrance in accordance with the local planning authority’s parking standards. Turner Lowe Associates - 10 -
TLA Proposed Aldi Development Moss Lane. Garstang Sustainable Travel Plan iii. The display of any bus timetable and other public transport promotion literature and displays that may be provided by the Passenger Transport Executive in the store and staff area. STAGE 2 3.5 The second stage will involve carrying out surveys to understand travel patterns and implementing selective measures to encourage sustainable travel. Measures that will be investigated and considered in detail will include the following: EMPLOYEE INITIATIVES i. Employee Travel Survey 3.6 Once the store is operational the Travel Plan Coordinator (see Section 4.1) will organise an Employee Travel Survey to understand the travel needs of staff to be employed at the store to help to ascertain: i. The suitability of existing public transport services to meet the needs of employees ii. To plan the most effective additional services to meet employee needs iii. Employee attitude towards sustainable modes of transport iv. Employee preferences to their intended mode of transport v. Employee attitude to changing their preferred mode of transport if necessary vi. Cost effective measures to induce a shift from private car usage to other sustainable modes of transport 3.7 An example of the Travel Survey Questionnaire that has been used in other Aldi Travel Plans is reproduced in Appendix A ii. Travel and Travel Plan Information Provision 3.8 All employees will be provided with Introduction Packs which will include the following information: i. Name and contact details of the Travel Plan Co-ordinator; ii. An introduction to the Travel Plan and its purpose; Turner Lowe Associates - 11 -
TLA Proposed Aldi Development Moss Lane. Garstang Sustainable Travel Plan iii. Bus route maps and timetables; and iv. Location and access arrangement to lockers, changing facilities and cycle parking. 3.9 This information will be available to all new employees as part of their induction. Information will be reviewed as part of the Travel Plan to ensure the most up to date employees information is provided to employees. iii. Personalised Travel Planning 3.10 The Travel Plan Co-ordinator will offer a personalised Travel Planning service for all new employees. The free online journey planning information that is available to plan journey from door to door will be promoted to employees, including: http://www.transportdirect.info/ and http://www.traveline- northwest.co.uk/. 3.11 For journeys on foot the walking journey planner www.walkit.com will be promoted amongst employees. The transport direct website detailed above also offers information on planning cycle routes. iv. Walking 3.12 It is accepted that the shift patterns of the workforce may not be conducive to the promotion of walking on a daily basis, and that such modes are generally less attractive during the winter months; however, given appropriate incentive/ encouragement there is potential to encourage additional staff member to do so. 3.13 The Travel Plan Co-ordinator will: i. Liaise with staff living within nearby residential areas with the aim of encouraging them to walk, even if only occasionally; ii. Liaise with the Highway Authority to ensure that pedestrian routes are properly maintained; iii. Promote the benefits of walking. 3.14 Employees will be provided with information and advice concerning safe pedestrian routes to the store. v. Pedal Cycling 3.15 The store encompasses a significant population catchment within an acceptable cycling distance of five kilometres that is defined within PPG13. The Travel Plan Turner Lowe Associates - 12 -
TLA Proposed Aldi Development Moss Lane. Garstang Sustainable Travel Plan Co-ordinator will: i. Liaise with employees living within a accessible cycle distance, with the aim of encouraging them to cycle, even if occasionally; ii. Promote the benefits of cycling; and iii. Promote websites offering information on cycling. 3.16 Employees will be provided with information and advice concerning safe cycle routes to the store. 3.17 Secure parking will be available for employees. 3.18 Changing and Locker facilities will be available for employees 3.19 Bicycles are regularly available as ‘special purchases’ within Aldi stores. This provides an opportunity for staff to purchase bicycles at greatly discounted rates, thus encouraging this mode of transport. vi. Public Transport 3.20 The area surrounding the site has good public transport links, with several bus stops located close to the store. The frequency of bus services and the range of destinations served from these stops should provide a realistic alternative travel mode to the private car. vii. Motor Car Users 3.21 Due to the limited number of staff, and the potential non-coincidence of shift patterns, it is considered that there is little merit in providing a formalised car share scheme to employees at Aldi Food Stores. 3.22 The Travel Plan Co-ordinator will, however, recommend to employees the web- based Lift Share schemes (www.carsharegm.com) and the national Lift Share scheme (www.liftshare.org). 3.23 Support will be given any staff member wishing to find a car share partner by the Travel Plan Co-ordinator. 3.24 In the event that an employee’s ride home becomes unavailable, employees will be guaranteed a free taxi home. Turner Lowe Associates - 13 -
TLA Proposed Aldi Development Moss Lane. Garstang Sustainable Travel Plan CUSTOMER INITIATIVES 3.25 The primary focus on influencing customer travel will be by raising awareness of the benefits and opportunities for travel by sustainable modes, as follows: i. Information on bus routes and timetables along with walk and cycle routes will be displayed within store; ii. Information on the benefits of walking and cycling will also be promoted within store. 3.26 Discussions have been held with management at Aldi Stores Limited to determine the best way of displaying this information within the store. It has been agreed that a folder will be provided within the customer packing area containing all relevant information of travel by sustainable modes. Timescales for implementation of this information would be within six months of the store opening. i. Customer Travel Survey 3.27 When the new store has become established and has a reasonable stable customer patronage, The Travel Plan Co-ordinator will organise a customer questionnaire travel survey. By interrogating the results (in conjunction with the local and highway authorities) it will be possible to establish the travel characteristics of the customers. It will then be possible to tailor future transport initiatives and focus on addressing the travel patterns of the established customer base. 3.28 In understanding modal choices and travel behaviour of customers the following will be investigated. i. areas of residence ii. purpose of trip iii. frequency of visits to store iv. main mode of transport used v. Reason for use of car if that mode used 3.29 An example of the Customer Travel Survey Questionnaire that has been used in other Aldi Travel Plans is reproduced in Appendix B 3.30. The findings of the customer travel survey will form the basis for the formulation and development of further transport initiatives. Turner Lowe Associates - 14 -
TLA Proposed Aldi Development Moss Lane. Garstang Sustainable Travel Plan 4. Implementation and Monitoring i. Travel Plan Co-ordinator 4.1 The administration of the Travel Plan is the responsibility of the Travel Plan coordinators (TPC). To ensure the effective implementation of the Travel Plan, the TPC responsibilities are usually assigned to the store manager. 4.2 Contact details of the Travel Plan Co-ordinator will be supplied to the Local Planning Authority before the development opens and any changes afterwards will be notified. 4.3 The TPC is the main contact for the Travel Plan and is responsible for implementing Plan measures, involving new staff and visitors to the site and monitoring the effects of implementation. A full set of the duties and responsibilities of the TPC is set out below. 4.4 The TPC is the main liaison with the Local Planning Authority with respect to Travel Plan matters. The TPC is the first point of contact for staff/ visitors on site and other external organisations in all matters regarding employee and visitor travel and the management of physical and operational travel measures. ii. Responsibilities 4.5 The key roles and responsibilities of the TPC are as follows: i. Managing the development and implementation of the Travel Plan; ii. Co-ordinating the Travel Survey exercise on an annual basis in conjunction with the Highway Authority; iii. Liaising with public transport operators and Local Planning/ Highway Authority officers to ensure up-to-date transport information is available at the site; and iv. Monitoring the operation of the Travel Plan and undertaking an annual review of the Travel Plan. iii. Key Travel Plan Administration Tasks 4.6 As part of the on-going operation of the Travel Plan, the following key administrative tasks will need to be undertaken by the TPC: i. Inform the Local Planning Authority of contact details should the TPC role be transferred to an alternative staff member/ management company/ Turner Lowe Associates - 15 -
TLA Proposed Aldi Development Moss Lane. Garstang Sustainable Travel Plan transportation consultancy within the lifetime of the Plan; ii. Formulate a ‘key contacts’ file of appropriate personnel for all company representatives on the development site and key personnel at other organisations such as the Local Planning Authority, Local Highway Authority, public transport operators, etc.; iii. Undertake an annual Travel Survey of all Aldi store employees and maintain a staff database. New staff should be made aware of the existence of the Travel Plan, ideally at the time of appointment, but within at least two weeks of beginning work; and iv. Ensure that Travel Plan information is readily available to staff members to include up-to-date public transport information and details of travel initiatives such as National Cycling Week, the ‘10,000 steps’ challenge, healthy living information, etc. v. Travel Plan Monitoring 4.7 The TPC will liaise with the Local and County Council Travel Plan officer(s) on an annual basis with regard to the review of travel patterns against stated targets. vi. Marketing 4.8 The success of the Travel Plan will rely on the support of employees. As such, the store manager as Travel Plan Co-ordinator is in an ideal situation to retain close contact with management and employees. The role also involves responsibility for liaising with key stakeholders, including the local and County Council planning and highway officers. 4.9 Regular liaison with officers at the authorities will also be necessary. vii. Targets 4.10 National Guidance r e c o m me n d s t h e s e t t i n g of realistic targets to measure progress against the stated outcome objectives listed above. 4.11 The primary target will be to reduce single occupancy employee car trips by 5% over a 5 tear period. Experiences at other Aldi stores show that beyond Year 3 modal share values will plateau as travel habits by employees become established and change is less likely. It should also be acknowledges that the exact targets will change over time as the results of on-going monitoring surveys become available. Consequently final targets for Year 4 and 5 will be set in Year 3 following discussions with the respective authorities Travel Planning Officers. 4.12 As shown in Table 2.2, car employment trips currently account for 67.5% of all Turner Lowe Associates - 16 -
TLA Proposed Aldi Development Moss Lane. Garstang Sustainable Travel Plan weekday employment trips in Garstang. Assuming that the trips made as car passengers are on the basis of one passenger per car (not necessarily the case but any different figures cannot be derived from the National Travel Survey published information), single occupancy car trips would account for around 55.57% of all employment trips on weekdays. 4.13 The aim would therefore be to reduce these single occupancy car staff trips to 52.8%. The development has no control over customer trips but the aim will be to achieve as great a reduction in car usage as possible with the effectiveness of the customer measures being reported in the Travel Plan Monitoring Reports (para 4.9 below). v. Reporting 4.14 A report presenting the findings of the initial surveys will compare the observed modal split of trips made to the development with current travel patterns in Garstang from Section 2 part iii. to determine the effects that measures provided from the outset may have had on modes of travel. 4.15 The Travel Plan Co-ordinator will agree in conjunction with the local planning and highway authorities whether the initial targets set out in 4.13 above should be revised following the analysis of the initial surveys. 4.16 The Travel Plan Co-ordinator will agree the timescales for further surveys (unless agreed otherwise to be on an annual basis). 4.17 The Travel Plan Co-ordinator will produce and submit to the local planning and highway authorities a Travel Plan Monitoring Report on an annual basis (unless agreed otherwise) within 3 months of the undertaking of the follow-up surveys. 4.18 In the event that the Monitoring Report indicates that the staff trip target reductions are unlikely to be achieved, additional incentives will be discussed in the Monitoring Report, and if necessary where input from the local planning and highway authorities is required, agreed with the authorities. Turner Lowe Associates - 17 -
TLA Proposed Aldi Development Moss Lane. Garstang Sustainable Travel Plan 5. Conclusions 5.1 This Sustainable Travel Plan will promote the aims of the Sustainable Transport Policies of the local authority. 5.2 The information obtained from the travel surveys, together with information on public transport services, cycle facilities, and pedestrian accessibility will provide the substance for the implementation of the Sustainable Travel Plan with achievable targets set for the realisation of the plan. 5.3 There will be a continuous improvement process including monitoring and measuring against the targets set. The whole process will then be reviewed on a regular basis and modified where appropriate. 5.4 Efforts will be made to control and influence the associated travel characteristics of customers and employees. The introduction of sustainable travel measures within the Sustainable Travel Plan, in association with the care that has been taken in selecting the location of the store, will ensure that this objective is met. 5.5 A two stage approach will be adopted by Aldi to ensure that the aim is achieved. This involves providing a number of measures from the outset as part of the development, and measures to follow in the future based on the monitoring of customer and employee travel behaviour. The continual annual monitoring of travel patterns will ensure that any new initiative that is to be provided will be tailored to the specific travel characteristics of the store's customer base and employees. 5.6 The development’s location benefits from good access to existing public transport and walking facilities. The measures proposed in this Sustainable Travel Plan are designed to maximise the number of trips to and from the store that are made by these sustainable modes. 5.7 This Sustainable Travel Plan is part of an on-going commitment by Aldi to encourage customers and employees to travel to their developments in the most sustainable way practical. Turner Lowe Associates - 18 -
TLA Proposed Aldi Development Moss Lane. Garstang Sustainable Travel Plan Figures Turner Lowe Associates
N SITE Job Title Proposed Development Turner Lowe Associates 22 Guest Road. Manchester. M25 3DL Moss Lane. Garstang Tel: 0161 798 7898 Fax: 0161 798 6642 Drawing Title E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Site Location Client Scale 1/25000 Date June 2014 Doc Sheet No. Aldi Stores Ltd Drawn By J.L. Checked Approved Job No. 140601 Drg. No. Figure 1 Rev.
N BOOTHS SITE BUS STOP Job Title Proposed Development Turner Lowe Associates 22 Guest Road. Manchester. M25 3DL Moss Lane. Garstang Tel: 0161 798 7898 Fax: 0161 798 6642 Drawing Title E-mail: email@example.com Surrounding Highway Network Details Client Scale NTS Date June 2014 Doc Sheet No. Aldi Stores Ltd Drawn By J.L. Checked Approved Job No. 140601 Drg. No. Figure 2 Rev.
N SITE 1 km Walking Catchment Area 800 m Walking Catchment Area Job Title Proposed Development Turner Lowe Associates 22 Guest Road. Manchester. M25 3DL Moss Lane. Garstang Tel: 0161 798 7898 Fax: 0161 798 6642 Drawing Title E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Customer Walking Catchment Area Client Scale N.T.S. Date June 2014 Doc Sheet No. Aldi Stores Ltd Drawn By J.L. Checked Approved Job No. 140601 Drg. No. Figure 3 Rev.
N SITE 2 km Walking Catchment Area Job Title Proposed Development Turner Lowe Associates 22 Guest Road. Manchester. M25 3DL Moss Lane. Garstang Tel: 0161 798 7898 Fax: 0161 798 6642 Drawing Title E-mail: email@example.com Employee Walking Catchment Area Client Scale N.T.S. Date June 2014 Doc Sheet No. Aldi Stores Ltd Drawn By J.L. Checked Approved Job No. 140601 Drg. No. Figure 4 Rev.
N SITE Job Title Proposed Development Turner Lowe Associates 22 Guest Road. Manchester. M25 3DL Moss Lane. Garstang Tel: 0161 798 7898 Fax: 0161 798 6642 Drawing Title E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Garstang Bus Routes Client Scale N.T.S. Date June 2014 Doc Sheet No. Aldi Stores Ltd Drawn By J.L. Checked Approved Job No. 140601 Drg. No. Figure 5 Rev.
N SITE Job Title Proposed Development Turner Lowe Associates Moss Lane. Garstang 22 Guest Road. Manchester. M25 3DL Tel: 0161 798 7898 Fax: 0161 798 6642 Drawing Title E-mail: email@example.com Pedal Cycle Routes Client Scale N.T.S. Date June 2014 Doc Sheet No. Aldi Stores Ltd Drawn By J.L. Checked Approved Job No. 140601 Drg. No. Figure 6 Rev.
N SITE 2.5 km Cycling Catchment Area Job Title Proposed Development Turner Lowe Associates Moss Lane. Garstang 22 Guest Road. Manchester. M25 3DL Tel: 0161 798 7898 Fax: 0161 798 6642 Drawing Title E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Pedal Cycle Catchment Area Client Scale N.T.S. Date June 2014 Doc Sheet No. Aldi Stores Ltd Drawn By J.L. Checked Approved Job No. 140601 Drg. No. Figure 7 Rev.
TLA Proposed Aldi Development Moss Lane. Garstang Sustainable Travel Plan Appendix A Example Staff Travel Survey Questionnaire Turner Lowe Associates
Aldi, Market Site, Salford Employee Travel Survey As part of the Travel Plan, an employee survey is being undertaken so we can understand your travel patterns, any issues you may have with your journey to and from the Store and how this could be improved. 1 What is your home postcode? 2 Are you… Full Time Part Time 3 What was your MAIN mode of transport to work (i.e. mode for the longest part of the journey)? Car driver Car driver with passenger Car passenger Bus Motorcycle Bicycle Walk Other (please specify) 4 Do you have a disability that affects your travel arrangements? Yes No If you DRIVE A CAR to the Store please complete questions 5 - 6, if not please go to question 7. 5 What are your main reasons for driving to the Store? (circle as many as relevant) Car essential for job School run Give lifts to others Health reasons Lack of alternative Comfort Safety Cheap Reliable Convenient Other (please specify) 1 of 2
Aldi, Market Site, Salford Employee Travel Survey 6 Where do you usually park? Customer car park Nearby street 7 Which of the following would encourage you to car share? Finding partner/s with similar work patterns A guaranteed ride home if let down by the driver I do not want to car share Prime parking spots reserved for car sharers Other (please state) 8 Which of the following changes would MOST encourage you to cycle to work? Safer, better lit cycle paths near workplace Improved cycle paths of your route Improved cycle parking at workplace Improved locker/ changing facilities at workplace None, live to far away Other (please specify) 9 Which of the following changes would MOST encourage you to use public transport to get to work? (if you already use public transport, which would you most like to see?) More direct bus routes More frequent bus services Better lit safer bus shelters Discount season tickets for bus Interest free season ticket loan Public transport information None, live to far away Other (please specify) 10 Gender 11 Age Male Under 18 Female 18 - 24 25 - 34 35 - 45 45+ Thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire. Please return your completed questionnaire to the store manager or place it in the survey return box in the staff room 2 of 2
TLA Proposed Aldi Development Moss Lane. Garstang Sustainable Travel Plan Appendix B Example Customer Travel Survey Questionnaire Turner Lowe Associates
Aldi, Market Site, Salford Customer Travel Survey This survey is being undertaken to get an overview of customer travel patterns and their understanding of alternative methods of travel and shopping. The questionnaire will only take a few minutes to complete and we would appreciate your assistance. 1 Where have you travelled from today and where are you travelling to afterwards? From To Home Work Another Shop Another Origin/ Destination 2 What is the main purpose of your trip today? Weekly shop Top up shopping Snack/ lunch 3 How often do you visit the store? Infrequent/ less than once a week Once a week More than once a week Daily 4 What was your MAIN mode of transport to the store (i.e. mode for the longest part of the journey)? Car driver Car driver with passenger Car passenger Bus Motorcycle Bicycle Walk Other (please specify) 5 If you drove to the store, was there a particular reason? To much to carry Duration of bus journey Too far to walk/ cycle Unaware of alternative Other
TLA Proposed Aldi Development Moss Lane. Garstang Sustainable Travel Plan Drawings Turner Lowe Associates
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