Travel plans for new developments: a global review

Chris De Gruyter, Geoffrey Rose, Graham Currie, Tom Rye, Emilie van de Graaff

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A travel plan is a mechanism for delivering a package of transport measures at a site to manage car use and encourage the use of more sustainable forms of transport. In recent years, travel plans have been required for new infill and greenfield developments through the land-use planning and approvals process, predominantly in the United Kingdom, the United States, continental Europe and Australia. This paper contributes to the literature by providing a global review of travel plans for new developments. The results show that while travel plans for new developments share a common set of elements with those for pre-existing sites, differences within each element are notable, particularly in the types of travel plan measures adopted, processes for managing the travel plan, and approaches to monitoring and review. Results of previous evaluations have varied considerably, although most have reported a reduction in car driver trips of 10–20 percentage points. Despite this, most evaluations lack rigour, with a paucity of robust evidence. Key success factors identified by the literature, such as the provision of an explicit policy supporting the role of travel plans, should be embedded within the travel planning process where possible to ensure best outcomes for new developments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-161
Number of pages20
JournalTransport Reviews
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • land-use planning
  • new development
  • sustainable transport
  • travel demand management
  • Travel plan

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