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BBC Case Study


The BBC Travel Plan was implemented in 2001. The key drivers behind initiating travel planning at the BBC were the publication of an environmental policy; a reduction in parking spaces due to the development of the Media Village at White City and the requirement to produce a Travel Plan under the Section 106 planning agreement for the new development (the implementation of the Travel Plan was a fundamental component of getting planning permission for the Media Village); and finally as a means for the BBC to reduce expenditure on travel - especially on taxis.


The BBC recognised the excellent benefits that the Travel Plan could bring to both its business and employees and therefore it has continued and got stronger. The BBC Travel Plan has since developed into a Travel Strategy rather than individual travel plans for each site.


As part of the initial travel plan process a staff travel survey was undertaken in 2000 to establish a baseline of BBC travel patterns. The analysis of the survey data was used to determine the potential for change in people's travel patterns and a set of objectives to guide the Travel Plan were based upon this. The primary Travel Plan objective was "To reduce the need to travel including car trips attributable to the BBC's activities by 20% - or 0.7m per annum - by 2005"


Alongside this the BBC's aim was to use the implementation of the Travel Plan to "develop efficient transportation services and to reduce unnecessary travel and transportation wherever possible."

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The measures which have been implemented through the Travel Plan include:


  • A Shuttle Bus Service
  • Car Parking Allocation Scheme
  •  Use of Electric Vehicles
  • Secure Cycle Parking
  •  Cycle Group and 'My Bike' Scheme 
  •  Cab Share

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