Workplace Sustainable Travel

At Brighton & Hove City Council, we are aware of the impacts that travel and transport have on our city. For this reason, we need workplaces, and organisations to play their part in reducing carbon emissions specific to travel and transport.

By developing a Travel Plan your organisation can reduce its carbon footprint and help improve our city’s roads by reducing traffic congestion, reduce air pollution and improve the health and wellbeing of staff and our residents.

Switching to active and sustainable forms of transport is one of the quickest and easiest ways to do this. Active and sustainable travel also makes our seaside city quieter, a better place to live in and enjoyable.

On this web-page you'll find guidance, support and information for employers who need or want to develop and implement a workplace Travel Plan either through the planning process or voluntarily.

If you are a facilities, premises or HR staff member responsible for travel and transport, also known as a Travel Plan Coordinator, then you will find this information relevant.

By following the active and sustainable travel hierarchy outlined below, this will encourage the best way to travel.

This is:

  • digital communication
  • walking and wheeling
  • cycling
  • public and shared transport
  • electric passenger vehicles and car sharing
  • regular passenger vehicles and car sharing
  • air travel

What is a Travel Plan?

A Travel Plan is a strategy for travel behaviour change that can be applied to any setting that includes evidence and rationale to secure commitment and funding to support the promotion of active and sustainable travel.

These settings include:

  • education
  • business
  • community
  • residential

A Travel Plan is a package of measures that aims to reduce car use to and from any given site, such as a:

  • workplace
  • school
  • place of worship
  • transport interchange
  • stadium
  • place that people travel from such as residential housing development

The Travel Plan should be based upon research and consultation with users of a site and include the following:

Site audit

Detailing the existing and proposed transport links and organisational policies that support travel to and from the site

Travel surveys

Consultation with users of the site and a range of key stakeholders that explore how people currently travel to and from the site, how they would prefer to travel, and opinions on transport options.

Travel and transport issues

A summary of the transport issues that need to be addressed by the Travel Plan.

Aims and objectives

Details of what the Travel Plan sets out to achieve.


Specific targets that the Travel Plan will be measured against.

Action Plan

A detailed overview of the activities that will be undertaken. This is probably the most important section of a Travel Plan.


How the success of the Travel Plan will be measured

Essentially, a golden thread must run throughout the Travel Plan to ensure that it is well connected and can be picked up by a reader with no prior knowledge of the site, and fully understood.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out the Government’s planning policies for England and how they are expected to be applied. The NPPF sets out that transport issues should be considered from the earliest stages of the plan-making and development proposals.

Most importantly, the NPPF sets out that all developments that generate significant amounts of vehicle movements should be required to provide a Travel Plan, and the application should be supported by a transport statement or transport assessment so that the likely impacts of the proposal can be assessed.

In practice, this means that Travel Plans are being created across the country for a range of development types and land-uses. However, the way Travel Plans are secured, monitored and implemented nationally is sporadic at best. For too long, in too many areas, a Travel Plan is just seen as a tick box exercise.

Brighton & Hove City Council’s Travel Plan System

Brighton & Hove City Council now uses the Modeshift STARS system which aids the delivery of Travel Plans. This system ensures that all Travel Plans are worthwhile and effective, switching the emphasis to Travel Plan delivery.

Workplaces and organisations that use the Modeshift STARS system can also gain accreditation, which can be used to gain ISO standards and improve corporate social responsibility.

By using the ModeShift STARS system, your workplace can obtain these accreditation standards:

  • Green
  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum level

For further information you can view or download the following:


Workplace travel offer

In exchange for a Travel Plan, Brighton & Hove City Council offers:

  • match-funding to improve facilities, including cycle parking shelters, lockers and drying facilities
  • online meetings and resources for your workplace
  • continuing support and guidance

You can use our Move for Change BetterPoints site and download the free BetterPoints app and earn rewards and  incentives for active and sustainable travel.

Free membership is available for our Partnership for Active Travel and Health. Partnership meetings happen approximately 2 to 3 times a year and are available for all kinds of organisations, whether small or large, to collaborate and share best practice with us to enhance the health and well-being of employees through active and sustainable travel choices.

Workplace travel offer and resources

You can view our Workplace Travel Offer here.

Our Travel Resource Pack includes details about other projects, schemes and initiatives that can help make your workplace even more actively and sustainably minded.

If you have any questions about our travel offer and resources, email

Travel Plan Champion guidance

We've put together some guidance to support and assist workplace Travel Plan Champions in understanding their role and the support / information available to them. By using the Travel Plan champion guidance you can keep up the momentum promoting sustainable and active travel to your staff. 

Staff travel information guidance

For a quick win why not make an active and sustainable travel information noticeboard. Position it in an area with high footfall where it will be noticed and update it regularly to ensure staff engage with it. 

Download a template noticeboard checklist here.

Contact us

If you need support or guidance about Travel Planning team, email