THE FUTURE OF MOBILITY MANAGEMENT IN THE UK

Mobility management initiatives, such as green transport plans, which were first introduced at a local level in the UK, are now being promoted by Central Government. The Integrated Transport White Paper emphasised the Government's commitment to work with local authorities to help them encourage the voluntary take-up of green transport plans through partnership with business and the wider community. More recently the draft guidance on Local Transport Plans suggested that local authorities will need to set out how they intend to encourage the adoption of green transport plans by major employers in their area, as well as demonstrating that 'they are developing green transport plans for their own major sites'. Experience from the UK and the rest of Europe suggests that the best way to encourage mobility management initiatives is to employ dedicated members of staff. Proposals to allow local authorities to raise money for transport expenditure by charging for workplace parking and road use could provide the necessary revenue to fund such staff as well as supporting other mobility management initiatives. This paper starts by reviewing the current situation with regard to mobility management in the UK based partly on surveys of local authorities undertaken for DETR. It examines some of the barriers to the future development of such initiatives identified by these surveys and discusses whether the measures proposed in the White Paper are likely to be able to overcome such barriers. It also draws on experience from the author's involvement in the European projects, MOSAIC and MOMENTUM, to identify lessons for the future of mobility management in the UK. For the covering abstract see IRRD E104586.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 157-68
  • Serial:
    • Volume: P430

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00790417
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-86050-321-6
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 11 2000 12:00AM