Travel plans

Smart and sustainable travel plans for workplaces and schools.

Last updated: 10 November 2022

What is a travel plan?

A travel plan is a package of measures and actions designed by a workplace, school or other organisation with the aim to encourage sustainable, safe and healthy travel options. By reducing car journeys, travel plans can improve health, wellbeing and contribute positively  to the community and environment. Every travel plan is developed and rolled out differently to suit the needs of the location.

We help local businesses and schools develop travel plans for employees and students that are environmentally friendly and can improve personal safety and health.

Workplace and business travel plans

A workplace can choose to develop a travel plan at any time. They may also be required to create one as a condition of planning consent for an expansion or new development.

Here are some examples of things that might be in a workplace travel plan:

  • improving facilities for pedestrians and cyclists (showers, lockers and cycle parking)
  • promoting and encouraging public transport use
  • carpooling, flexible working and teleconferencing.

A workplace travel plan can be good for both businesses and staff. It can:

  • encourage active and healthy travel by promoting walking and cycling. This can improve staff wellbeing, motivation, health and fitness, and reduce absence
  • help you become a more attractive employer. Providing and encouraging different travel options will improve staff retention, productivity and recruitment
  • showcase your commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR). This will boost your reputation with staff, key stakeholders and the local community
  • reduce carbon emissions, and improve local air quality
  • improve the image of your business. It can help you build a reputation as a ‘good neighbour’ and responsible business partner. This will enhance your organisation’s environmental and CSR credentials (increasingly important when competing for tenders). It can also help you achieve environmental accreditation (for example, Green Mark, ISO 14001, The Green Accord)
  • save your business money. Managing your organisation's journeys better will reduce costs (mileage, staff expenses, car park charges, providing/ maintaining parking spaces, congestion charge, fleet management costs)
  • increase your travel options. This can enhance business prospects as employees, visitors and customers have more ways of reaching you. It can also alleviate car parking pressures at your site, and ease delays to deliveries and movements of goods.

For more detail on how we can support workplace travel plans get in touch

School Travel Plans (STP)

A School Travel Plan (STP) sets out how a school will promote safer, active and sustainable travel. The main purpose is to reduce the number of children being driven to and from school. A good school travel plan should be based on consultation with teachers, parents, pupils and governors and other local people. The plan should be reviewed and updated regularly, to ensure it stays relevant and appropriate. 

The benefits of a School Travel Plan include:

  • less congestion and pollution
  • improved travel awareness and road user skills
  • healthier and more active school community
  • a safer environment for walking and cycling
  • improved independence and responsibility for pupils.

Every school and its community are unique and have their own travel issues and concerns. We currently run Transport for London’s STARS travel plan accreditation scheme to help schools to create, deliver and maintain travel plans. Find out more below.

School Travel Plans: STARS

STARS is TfL's accreditation scheme for London schools and nurseries. It aims to inspire young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling.

STARS supports pupils' wellbeing, helps to reduce congestion at the school gates, and improves road safety and air quality.

We support schools to work towards one of three accreditation levels (bronze, silver or gold). We help them to plan and rollout measures to encourage active and sustainable travel and improve air quality, and road safety.

Find out more on the TfL Stars community project website, or email

Useful links for launching a travel plan

Council initiatives

External initiatives