Thousands more Plymouth residents are going to be asked for their views about their travel and transport needs and given advice about the options available for getting around the city.
The fifth phase of the successful Plymotion Personalised Travel Planning campaign, led by Plymouth City Council’s Plymotion travel advisors, will start in July. Since 2012 the Plymotion team has knocked on more than 84,000 doors across Plymouth and had more than 19,000 conversations. Over the next three years the team aims to speak to 6,000 more households, 2,000 employees, and participate in 21 events.
Plymotion is a free scheme for Plymouth residents and has been funded with £1.5m from the Department for Transport’s Access Fund for Sustainable Travel. Plymotion helps people get from A to B with a smaller environmental footprint, providing advice, training, skills and funding for smarter travel options for getting to work and school, easing congestion on Plymouth’s network, and improving air quality and health. Plymotion includes sustainable travel grants of up to £5,000 for workplaces as well as free bicycle maintenance classes.
Residents will be given advice by travel advisors about the options available and given incentives to make more journeys on foot, by bike or by bus as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council and Cabinet Member Strategic Transport, Planning, and Housing, said: “I’m delighted that the Council is able to offer personalised travel planning as part of the Plymotion campaign. People who have previously spoken to a travel advisor have told us they found it very useful.
“There are so many ways you can travel around Plymouth and a lot might have changed since you last thought about how you travel to work and school. I’d therefore encourage everyone approached by the team to have a chat to see how we can help you. Equally, if you’d like us to attend an event you’re running or provide travel advice within your organisation, email the team at email@example.com or call 01752 668000. Plymouth has a huge growth agenda and it’s never been more important to encourage as many people as possible to choose healthy and sustainable travel options.”
The residential programme focuses on households in new or recently completed developments in the City Centre and Waterfront, Derriford and Northern Corridor, and Eastern Corridor strategic growth areas. Through working with these communities we want to help people settle into their new homes and get to know all the transport options available to them before travel habits become established.
Surveys about Plymotion will also be carried out before and after the programme, by Power Marketing on behalf of the Council, to measure the programme’s effectiveness, starting in June.
For more information about Plymotion visit www.plymouth.gov.uk/plymotion