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Tra 05 Travel plan

Number of credits available Minimum standards
1 No


To recognise the consideration given to accommodating a range of travel options for building users, thereby encouraging the reduction of user reliance on forms of travel that have the highest environmental impact.

Assessment Criteria

The following is required to demonstrate compliance for:

One credit

  1. A travel plan has been developed as part of the feasibility and design stages which considers all types of travel relevant to the building type and users.
  2. The travel plan is structured to meet the needs of the particular site and takes into consideration the findings of a site-specific transport survey and assessment that covers the following (as a minimum):
    1. Where relevant, existing travel patterns and opinions of existing building or site users towards cycling and walking so that constraints and opportunities can be identified
    2. Travel patterns and transport impact of future building users
    3. Current local environment for walkers and cyclists (accounting for visitors who may be accompanied by young children)
    4. Disabled access (accounting for varying levels of disability and visual impairment)
    5. Public transport links serving the site
    6. Current facilities for cyclists
  3. The travel plan includes a package of measures that have been used to steer the design of the development in order to meet the travel plan objectives and minimise car-based travel patterns. This is demonstrated via specific examples such as:
    1. Providing parking priority spaces for car sharers
    2. Providing dedicated and convenient cycle storage and changing facilities
    3. Lighting, landscaping and shelter to make pedestrian and public transport waiting areas pleasant
    4. Negotiating improved bus services, i.e. altering bus routes or offering discounts
    5. Restricting and/or charging for car parking
    6. Criteria for lobby areas where information about public transport or car sharing can be made available
    7. Pedestrian and cycle friendly (for all types of user regardless of the level of mobility or visual impairment) via the provision of cycle lanes, safe crossing points, direct routes, appropriate tactile surfaces, well lit and signposted to other amenities, public transport nodes and adjoining offsite pedestrian and cycle routes.
    8. Providing suitable taxi drop-off/waiting areas.
    9. Ensuring that rural buildings are located with appropriate transport access to ensure that they adequately serve the local community (where procured to do so e.g. community centre).
  4. Where appropriate to the building type, size and intended operation, the travel plan includes measures tailored to minimise the impacts of operational-related transport e.g. deliveries of supplies, equipment and support services to and from the site.
  5. Where the building’s final occupier is known, they confirm that the travel plan will be implemented post construction and supported by the building’s management during building operation.

Compliance Notes





Shell only See criterion 1 Where the end user/occupier is not known a travel plan is still required, albeit that it may only be an interim travel plan or one that broadly addresses all the above issues. The developer must confirm that they will handover a copy of the travel plan to the building’s tenant(s), so that it may inform their own travel plan/strategy.


Building users See criterion 1

Where the term building users is referenced, this refers to the following, as appropriate to building type:

  1. Staff (commuter journeys and business travel)
  2. Pupils/students
  3. Visitors
  4. Patients
  5. Customers
  6. Community users
  7. Personnel who make deliveries/collections to and from the development
  8. Contractors/service providers, who regularly work at and access the building/development
  9. Residents of multi-residential buildings


Existing Travel Plan See criterion 2a The credit can be awarded if the assessed building is part of a site that has an existing up-to-date organisational travel plan that is compliant with BREEAM, is applicable to all building users (in existing and assessed new buildings) and accounts for the additional travel resulting from users of the new building.

Schedule of Evidence

Ref Design stage
Post-construction stage

A copy of the Travel Plan.

A copy of the site-specific transport survey/assessment.

As design stage.

Design drawings demonstrating examples of design measures implemented in support the travel plan’s findings.


Where a detailed site plan is not available, a formal letter from the client confirming that measures will be implemented into the final design in support the travel plan’s findings.

BREEAM Assessor’s site inspection report and photographic evidence confirming the installation of measures that support the travel plan.
5 A letter of confirmation from either the building’s occupier, or in the case of a speculative development, the developer. As design stage.

Additional Information

Relevant definitions

Travel Plan
A travel plan is a strategy for managing all travel and transport within an organisation, principally to increase choice and reduce reliance on the car by seeking to improve access to a site or development by sustainable modes of transport. A travel plan contains both physical and behavioural measures to increase travel choices and reduce reliance on single-occupancy car travel.

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