Following the success of Phase One, Staffordshire Air Aware has successfully received further funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to implement Travel Demand Management (TDM).
Staffordshire Air Aware is focused on AQMAs (Air Quality Management Areas) looking to produce travel plans for schools and businesses, improving air quality through encouraging behaviour change and increasing awareness of air quality and its health impacts.
Such TDM measures are enacted to help people to reconsider how they travel to work. One of the measures to help support workplaces and their employees make changes is the establishment of several BTNs across Staffordshire.
As part of Staffordshire Air Aware, new Business Travel Networks (BTN) are being established in Cannock, Burton and Leek. These will provide a platform for supporting and co-ordinating travel planning activity, encourage car sharing and use of sustainable transport, such as walking, cycling and use of public transport, to deliver a reduction in commuter trips to towns, alleviate impacts on journey times and deliver transport improvements.
Staffordshire County Council say that the BTNs will enable major businesses, local authorities and public transport operators in each of these three towns to share experiences, discuss common travel issues and work together through stakeholder and partnership engagement to increase active and sustainable business travel in their respective town. It will provide the business community with the chance to develop and implement practical solutions to improve staff commuting, with support from transport operators and local authorities.
Burton’s BTN launch event will take place on 3rd August and the Leek BTN launch event will take place on 11th August.
Both events will be a virtual event hosted on Microsoft Teams. A presentation will be provided by Atkins, covering the benefits of joining the BTN as members, the results of the Council’s Business Travel Survey in 2020, and examples of recent success stories for sustainable travel in Burton.
For those interested in attending, please email email@example.com for further information.