PAS 500 - a Common UK Standard for Assessing Travel Plans
C Black, Contemporary Transport, UK
It is very difficult to evaluate the effectiveness of one travel plan compared to another unless they are designed to a common minimum speciation. In November 2008, the British Standards Institute published a Publically Available Specification (PAS -500) to address this issue and start to improve the quality of travel plan production. The authors of this paper played a leading role in the production of the PAS and will summarise how it will work, along with details of the bronze, silver and gold level accreditation scheme that is explained within it.
The production of PAS 500 was sponsored by LEPT, supported and funded by Transport for London (TfL) in collaboration with The British Standards Institution (BSI). The following organisations also played a key role on the Steering Group for the development of this specification: ACT TravelWise; Department for Transport (DfT); Highways Agency; Transport for London (TfL); TravelWise Northern Ireland; Welsh Assembly Government.
PAS 500 is applicable in all situations where the term ?travel plan? is likely to be used and is deemed relevant to all those involved in the travel plan process including but not limited to:
? managers charged with transport and parking responsibilities;
? planners in local authorities;
? transport, traffic, planning, architectural and engineering consultants advising on transport impacts and plans designed to reduce the need to travel;
? transport demand management staff in central and local government;
? developers bringing forward plans for new developments or changes to existing developments likely to result in traffic generation and impacts;
? public transport operators interested in attracting customers presently using cars;
? cycle planners and pedestrian planners interested in increasing the use of these modes of transport;
? campaign groups;
urban designers and architects seeking to create attractive environments with less traffic and a greater reliance on walking and cycling and public transport.
The PAS provides valuable requirements for organisations of all sizes, but is of particular use to workplaces or groups of organisations with more than 100 employees.
For the first time, by applying the PAS, it will be possible to compare the relative effectiveness of travel plans produced for a number of different objectives, particularly:
? initiated as part of an organisational policy to manage transport impacts for the benefit of staff, the environment, corporate social responsibility, the reduction of congestion, the better management of parking and to foster good relationships with neighbours;
? submitted with planning applications and/or transport assessments as part of the development control process;
? designed to reduce pollution from motor vehicles as part of an air quality strategy.
Over time the widespread use of the PAS will undoubtedly lead to greater confidence in the reported results of travel plan strategies implemented. Furthermore it will help support enhanced integration of travel planning into a range of planning and transport policies.
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