Contribution to sustainable travel - Organisation

Nice Pak Green Travel Plan

Nice-Pak International opened their World Class Manufacturing Facility in Wigan in May 2016. Whilst the business had an obligation to comply with the planning application process best practice was recognised in relation to opportunities for the promotion and implementation of “Green Travel” within the workplace. Our travel plan requires monitoring, review and revision to ensure it remains relevant to our business. We will also set new objectives, targets and measures where appropriate. Our vision is to implement monthly “Green Travel” initiatives with the aim not only reduce our Co2 emissions, which are linked to the business sustainability goals and governance, but also encourage Health and Wellbeing in the work place and encourage more sustainable travel options. To support this the business has implemented: • Secure cycle storage • Showers • Lockers • Car share bays • Electric charge points • Priority parking for car share drivers

Local Authority contact details

Dawn Jones Planning Policy and Sustainable Travel Plan Officer Wigan Council Email; Tel 01942 489362 North West Region

Who was involved & what was their role?

The site has two Travel Champions, Lisa Kellett, HR Officer and Emma Seddon HR Administrator, who were instrumental in developing the Travel Plan and “Green Travel” information area. Stakeholders and Senior Management have offered their full support to ensure that the goals of the Travel Plan are achieved.

Details of cost budget, sources of funding

Costs had been incurred as part of meeting the planning application process but in terms of the additional costs linked with making facility improvements it was determined that they were minimal in relation to the benefits the site will gain by reducing the Co2 emissions, encouragement of health and wellbeing amongst our employees and sustainable travel options.

How was it developed?

Our travel plan was developed through the iTrace system. A staff travel survey was completed in February 2017 whereby staff were asked to record each ‘leg’ of their journey to work. The results gave the business insight into the proportion of staff that travels by car. The baseline survey was an important element in the travel planning process but as a business we wanted to look at opportunities beyond our obligatory requirements. Central to the travel plan was the development and implementation of measures to encourage and facilitate sustainable mobility, access and transport systems. To facilitate this we devised a “Green Travel” area with information about alternative modes of travel, but first we had to change individual’s behaviour. The first step towards behavioural change is for individuals to understand and consider viable options and the benefits. One barrier to behavioural change is not knowing about these options.

What was the outcome, including information on future plans - one-off, on-going, develop further?

Our objectives: 1. To promote sustainable modes of travel 2. To install a designated “Green Travel” area within the site 3. To reduce CO2 levels around the site 4. Improve Health & Well-being The outcome: The business promotes different sustainable modes of travel on a monthly basis, and it is freely available and accessible to all staff and visitors from the “Green Travel” information area. The Travel Coordinators have been proactive in this implementation, working with Wigan Council and TfGM we have future plans in place to promote and hold cycle maintenance programmes, cycle training and the reintroduction of the cycle work scheme.

How does this initiative or project meet the criteria?

Working with partnership agencies such as Wigan Council Sustainability Officer, Dawn Jones, and TfGM in a joined approach has helped the Travel Coordinators to achieve objectives and outcomes that had been identified by educating staff, being creative and on-going promotions of sustainable travel. We encountered a number of barriers and were subjected to increasing cycle thefts. It was identified that we needed to increase security around the cycle storage area. To eradicate this we supplied kryptonite locks. Security personnel facilitate locking and unlocking the cycles at specific times during shift change. Proactive measures taken in the cycle storage area were: • Installation of increased lighting • CCTV, Security • Tannoy system • Night time cycle storage offering additional security for cycle storage Being forward thinking and creative we launched “bike loans” where we identified this scheme would benefit new staff who found it difficult to finance travel to work.

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