The following information is available about the Bages LTPN area:
Progress During the Project
At the start of the project infrastructure to the area was identified as limited during the timescale of TRAVEL PLAN PLUS there were some improvements, however there is more that can be achieved once the LTPN establishes itself.
Progress at the site faced a number of challenges as a result of the economic recession. A number of companies which ceased operating at the site, this includes DHL, one of the larger companies, and other companies made some employees redundant. As a result it was difficult to engage employers who were focusing on remaining profitable. Furthermore congestion reduced in line with a reduction in commuter, business and freight journeys.
An innovative approach used in the LTPN area was mobility audits, these were inspired by energy audits and were used to assess travel choices and identify measures to be implemented across the area. These were effective in engaging organisations in the LTPN and overcoming project challenges. In November 2010 results of the audits were presented at a workshop, which brought together key stakeholders across the area to launch the LTPN. Initial steps involved approaching bus companies to suggest changes to schedule and route, responding to needs of employees of the Santa Anna Industrial Area. If successful this quick win will provide a lever for the LTPN to apply for further funding to improve access to the area.
As the LTPN was only launched in November 2010 measures have yet to significantly influence mode choice and energy use. Bages' LTPN portfolio includes anonymised examples of the mobility audits, which benefitted larger organisations at the site, also available is a video highlighting what the LTPN sets out to achieve and the benefits it offers.
Figure 4: Discussion about Mobility Audits at Tecniacero
As mentioned above the operational and financial feasibility of the LTPN depends on quick-wins to convince the partners involved of the added-value. If the proposed measures to coordinate bus services with shift patterns are successful this should achieve buy-in from the partnership. Once buy-in is achieved there are public funds available to support the practical aspects of a LTPN.
Further details about the site and the LTPN can be found in the Feasibility Study and the Detailed Implementation Plan. The Interim Implementation and Evaluation Report has details for each of the TRAVEL PLAN PLUS implementation sites, including Bages. For more specific information, please visit the partner page or contact TravelPlanPlus@Lboro.ac.uk.