Empowering communities to travel through sustainable and healthy means, including a shift away from car use, and more equitable access to transport, brings a range of benefits for local people, places and our wider environment. This is the ethos behind the travel planning concept. When spearheaded and delivered by local people and partners, station travel planning can put communities at the forefront of sustainable transport development, tapping into local identities, aspirations and needs.
Community rail has a critical part to play in promoting rail as part of everyday sustainable and healthy travel, and in helping railways play a major role in bringing about a more sustainable society. The movement is already contributing to sustainable development, but there is scope for it to make a greater contribution, especially to help avert the climate emergency.
We hope the insights, guidance and tools presented here will help you work with the rail industry to deliver successful station travel plans, creating ‘connected stations’ at the heart of communities and sustainable transport networks.
Below are links to specific within the guide and extra resources to help with your station travel planning
Part one – Why station travel planning?
What station travel plans are, how they complement current policy, their key benefits, and an overview of the complete station travel planning process.
Extra resource: Station travel plan development timeline
Extra resource: Mode of travel and potential impact infographics (jpeg & eps)
Part two- Planning and engagement
Ideas on how to get started, ways to engage communities, who your project partners might be, and links to the wider community rail movement.
Extra resource: Skills register template
Part three – Gathering local views and data
How you can use existing insights and data, ways to collect new data, e.g. audits, surveys, participatory mapping, and ideas on drawing on volunteers and the community.
Extra resource: Station site audit form
Extra resource: Station environment audit form
Extra resource: Example travel survey
Extra resource: Bank of potential survey questions
Extra resource: Possible interview questions
Part four – Data analysis and content ideas
Tips on analysing your data, ideas (including quick wins and potential medium to longer-term solutions) and case studies for projects involving walking, cycling, public and community transport, and shared travel.
Extra resource: Walking audit tool
Part five – Creating your plan
Ideas for possible STP structures, tips to help form your action plan, ways to manage and monitor the plan, and some STP examples.
Extra resource: Metrics to monitor action plans
Extra resource: ‘Stations as places’ template
Extra resource: Example station travel plan structure
Extra resource: Pollokshaws West station travel plan
Extra resource: Leighton Buzzard station travel plan
Extra resource: Lydney station travel plan
Extra resource: Chandlers Ford station travel plan
Extra resource: Stroud Town Council station travel plan feasibility study
Part six – Delivering positive change
Ways to deliver change, potential funding options, ideas for quick wins, and ideas on how to integrate stations into communities.