Improving Parking and Promoting Active Travel

Improving Parking and Promoting Active Travel

“If we hadn’t had TRACC, our only alternative would have been a system that wouldn’t have considered public transport options, and we wouldn’t have been able to achieve these very detailed results”

Tanya Street, Estates & Facilities Business Change Manager, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (OHFT) needed to introduce a sustainable car parking permit solution for staff, patients, visitors and service users following increased pressure on their existing car parks. Business growth, changes to services and staff travelling to their sites from further afield, have resulted in their existing car parks becoming unable to manage the increased parking load. OHFT recognised that a car parking management system would be needed and wanted to find a fair system for all. They felt using a straight line or circle approach would have excluded many of their staff who needed to travel and park at their sites, so TRACC was the perfect system for defining journey time and distance from home to work.

OHFT needed to reduce the number of vehicles parking at their sites and introduce a sustainable parking permit system with allocated bays for both staff and patients/service users. They also wanted to encourage those who lived locally to walk, cycle or get public transport to their sites to both relieve the pressure on parking and encourage active travel.

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OHFT used TRACC to identify staff who lived within a 45 minute journey on public transport to the site or a 25 minute walking/cycling journey and proposed alternative travel routes. Tanya Street , Estates & Facilities Business Change Manager at OHFT, noted that it was important to look at travel times and consider all variables to make it fairer for staff, “just drawing a circle wasn’t what we wanted, we needed something that would offer a fairer solution, that’s why we used the TRACC system”.

Using TRACC, OHFT were able to prove that there were a certain number of people locally who didn’t need to drive to work and could travel a different way or park in a different place. Since these alternative routes have been highlighted, OHFT have seen the start of a modal shift with staff travelling by foot, cycle or public transport to work. Tanya notes, “we have seen an increase in people travelling a different way and finding different solutions as a result”. They have also allocated patient and staff bays which have improved patient accessibility to services and parking behaviour.

20th September 2016