In 1997, West Sussex County Council became one of the first UK employers to begin developing a travel plan, to encourage and enable more of its employees to use sustainable travel options for their journeys to work.
Our Staff Travel Plan has evolved into a comprehensive package of 'stick and carrot' measures. Our surveys show that it has been successful in reducing the proportion of County Council employees that usually drive alone to work. It has also increased the proportion that usually use healthier and more sustainable options such as car sharing, cycling, walking, motorcycling and using public transport.
2 Travel Plan measures
Our Staff Travel Plan is a comprehensive package of measures and initiatives which provide our employees with numerous alternatives to the car.
- a dedicated web-based car sharing scheme to match potential journey sharers and free parking spaces at County Hall which are reserved for groups of 3 or more car sharers
- flexible working hours so that start and finish times can be synchronised with public transport timetables
- opportunities to work at home or at 'hot desks' at locality offices that are nearer to home than the regular office base
- interest-free loans for public transport season tickets
- showers, changing facilities and lockers for walkers, cyclists and motorcyclists
- pool bikes at all main offices (some teams also have their own bikes)
- mileage allowance for bicycle and motorcycle users travelling on business
- dedicated Staff Travel Plan intranet web pages, containing relevant information including links to journey planning websites
- a fleet of low emission pool cars which can be used for business journeys, meaning that staff do not need to bring their own cars to work
- Driver Awareness Training to encourage more economical driving and improve safety for those who need to use a car during the course of their work
- secure, covered bicycle and motorcycle parking
- a dedicated bus service linking County Hall in Chichester with our offices at Durban House in Bognor Regis. The U7 is operated by Stagecoach supported by a partnership between the University of Chichester and the County Council. The service can also be used by members of the public and links St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester with Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital.
3 Car park management and charging
Since July 2006, County Hall staff authorised to park on site have been required to pay a monthly fee for their permit. The revenue raised has been used to establish a fund for additional Staff Travel Plan initiatives.
The introduction of charging has had a noticeable impact on the number of parking permits in circulation. After charges were introduced the number of people applying for parking permits fell by around 40%. Car park congestion has also been eliminated.
Concessions for car sharers were introduced at the same time to encourage more staff to share their journeys to work. Groups of two sharers receive a 50% discount, whilst groups of three or more are entitled to park free of charge in one of 15 strictly reserved spaces.
4 Bike shop discounts
We have negotiated various bike shop discounts for all local government and school employees.WSCC bike shop discounts (PDF, 271KB)
5 Travel Plan performance
We are delighted that in recent years our Staff Travel Plan has been short-listed for the following awards:
- National Transport Awards 2007 - 'Contribution to Sustainable Transport'
- South East Low Carbon Awards 2007 - Public Sector Commitment to Carbon Reduction (Highly Commended)
- Local Government Chronicle Awards 2008 - 'Sustainable Environment'
- National Transport Awards 2008 - 'Contribution to Sustainable Transport'
- Energy Savings Trust Fleet Hero Awards 2009 - 'Grey Fleet Champion' (Winner)
- ACT TRAVELWISE Awards 2009 - 'Commuter-Friendly Workplace of the Year' (Winner)
- Fleet News Awards 2011 - Fleet Operator's Initiative of the Year
Further information can be found in the document below.