TRAVEL PLAN PLUS (TP+) is an exciting partnership encouraging joint working by organisations in and around the North Milton Road area of Cambridge to promote more sustainable travel to the area.
The TP+ project was established in 2009. A large majority of the funding for the project was supplied by the European Commission's Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation under its "Intelligent Energy - Europe" Programme. Funding was provided for a two-year period to help organisations reap the benefits of working together in a travel plan network. Travel plan networks were established in the following towns: Bages (Spain), Cambridge (UK), Gyor (Hungary) and Stockholm (Sweden). The lead partner in the project was Loughborough University’s Transport Studies Team.
During this time, the UK arm of the project also secured additional funding from The Highways Agency, East of England Development Agency and Cambridgeshire Horizons.
Based on promising early results, the project is currently funded by Cambridgeshire County Council, through the Section 106 developer contributions process. Beyond April 2012, TP+ is working towards establishing a locally funded financial model with initial discussions indicating favourable support from a number of key stakeholders, including including site managers.
The TP+ project is managed by the Cambridgeshire Travel for Work Partnership (TfW) on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council.
The Cambridge network travel plan covers employers based on the Cambridge Science Park, Cambridge Business Park, St John's Innovation Park plus Cambridge Regional College and Taylor Vinters Solicitors. In total the area receives in excess of 7,500 commuters based at more than 200 organisations.
A steering group of senior managers from the above employment sites and individual employers has been established to provide the project with strategic direction. See (hyperlink to 1.1.3) for previous steering group meeting minutes. In addition two full time staff, employed by Cambridgeshire County Council, manage day-to-day project operations from an on-site Commuter Centre. The steering groups meets four times per year.
The Commuter Centre is based at Suite 13, Unit 23 Cambridge Science Park Innovation Centre, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0EY. Tel: 01223 437052/01223 437053.
The following services are currently available at the Commuter Centre:
The benefits of the project include:
The project was initially funded by the European Union. It began in Jan 2009. The main on-site work commenced in September 2009 with the recruitment of a full time coordinator based on site. The EU funding for the project ended in April 2011, but Section 106 funding allows the project to continue to April 2012. However, the aim is that the network structure and funding is robust enough to ensure its existence well beyond this date.