BSkyB - Winner
Sky has had a travel plan in development for just over 2 years in which time the organisation has achieved an 18% modal shift in commuter travel to its West London site, and an overall reduction in drive alone to its site of 22%. Successful measures include:
Public Transport - 5 dedicated shuttle bus routes, including 19 buses to train and tube stations ensuring that the interchange between modes and getting to the site is as seamless as possible. There are also 6 and 12 month public transport season ticket loans available to all staff.
Cycling - new fleet of 20 pool bikes for staff to use for a couple of hours at a time or to borrow for up to a week. Cycle centre on site which is open 3 days a week and manned by cycle specialists to give advice to staff on buying the best bike and servicing and fixing bikes. There was also an over 100k recent investment in cycle facilities including new cycle parking areas, showers, and lockers. The site now boasts over 33 showers available to its 6,000 staff. There are separate male and female facilities each with 3 showers, 2 hand basins, hairdryer and straighteners, TV, 24 lockers, a drying room for wet clothing, towels and shoes, and an ironing board and iron.
Car Share - 2 car parks and 40 spaces dedicated to car sharers and monitored by security on a daily basis.
Information - An interactive transport website has been created to link staff to the most relevant travel information.
Events - Walk Doctors; Cycle Advice; Sky Transport Team; and LiftShare.
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
The London Borough of Tower Hamlets Travel Plan was created and adopted by the Corporate Management Team in 2008. Over the last two years the Plan's actions have been implemented and adopted by a Travel Plan Working Group that meets bi-monthly. In order to hit the key target of increasing cycling to work levels amongst staff from 3% in 2007 to 8% in 2009, the council put in place a range of ambitious actions including:
Taking part in the TfL Workplace Cycle Challenge (June 2009) - Through a range of advertising tools and using the strength of the now 160 strong Cycle User Group, Tower Hamlets attracted more participants to the Challenge than any other Council and recorded more miles than any other Borough (23,227 miles cycled in the month). Across London as a whole, the Council finished 9th amongst the 250 organisations that took part.
Cycle User Group (CUG) - CUG now has over 150 members. It has provided monthly ‘Dr Bike’ sessions for all employees on the first Wednesday of each month since late 2009, servicing 59 bikes by the end of 2009 alone. CUG has also signed the Council up to the Government's Cycle to Work Guarantee scheme.
Pool Bikes - In late 2009 a pool bikes scheme was set up at the Council with 8 folding Brompton bicycles purchased. 40 members of staff have so far passed a pool bikes induction course, and over 50 user sessions have taken place with an average of 6 kilometers travelled per use.
Improvement to facilities - New cycle parking facilities have been installed across the council. In 2009 a meeting room was converted into a multi-purpose locker/drying room for cyclists, runners and walkers. Over 50 lockers have been installed.
Improved information - Updated intranet pages provide information on all aspects of cycling.
Chequer's Contract Services
Chequers Contract Services Ltd is a contract cleaning company servicing numerous schools and housing associations and commercial businesses in and around the South London area. Chequers enlisted the help of Seltrans in May 2008 to assist them in reaching their strict carbon emissions targets set as part of the company’s commitment to the Croydon Council Environment and Climate Change Partnership, pledging to reduce their Carbon Footprint by 10% by 2011. With the nature of the business, transport is a key area in order to achieve required reductions. In addition to that, car parking demand started to exceed capacity on a daily basis at their Croydon Head Office, so a need to promote more sustainable travel options via a workplace travel plan was critical.
The travel plan process began with full surveying of office-based staff in Croydon. It was then developed and launched in April 2008. Measures included: Integrated walking, cycling and public transport maps specific to the site; providing promotional items to raise awareness; fuel-efficiency training; five new hybrid vehicles saving £300 per month in fuel costs; laptops to office staff, enabling home working in order to reduce the need to travel.
The result of the travel plan to date and its associated measures have resulted in increases in walking, cycling, bus and rail use and an impressive 29% reduction in car use. Incorporating their travel plan with the rest of their environmental initiatives, Chequers was awarded Best Business for Sustainability in the RBS South London Business Awards 2009.
Tearfund is a charitable organisation based in Teddington within the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Tearfund first developed its Travel Plan in 2000 to reduce the amount of car usage to and from the Head Office in Teddington. Information on the Tearfund Travel Plan is provided on the intranet and new members of staff are also made aware of the Travel Plan through the staff handbook. The intranet also provides useful links to travel-related websites including live train departure boards, South East Travel journey planning and ‘Lift Share’ car sharing website. There are also links to The Good Going website which promotes sustainable travel throughout London.
Within the main office there is a dedicated Transport information section where staff are able to collect local public transport, cycling and walking maps as well as bespoke maps of the Teddington area highlighting local bus and train frequencies as well as local area cycle routes.
Tearfund has 10 two-level wheel racks, which provide 60 parking spaces for staff bicycles. Tearfund has 8 pool bikes, which can be booked through reception along with bicycle locks, helmets and protective clothing. Two male and two female showers (and a drying room) are also provided, as well as staff storage lockers.
Tearfund have recently joined the Teddington network car share scheme with the system being provided by Liftshare. As members of the car share project, Tearfund employees will be able to choose and contact potential car-share partners with similar travel patterns from their own organisation or any other companies from the Teddington network.
Tearfund's investment in sustainable transport has lead to the following results between 1998-2010: an 8% increase in train usage; a 4% increase in car sharing; a 9% decrease in single occupancy car journeys; a 6% increase in cycling (during the summer months).