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NHS Relocation & Travel Plan Support
TPS have been pleased to receive repeat commissions by Surrey and the Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SABP) to support some major re-organisations and office migrations for the Trust’s staff, since we first delivered a project for them at their Gatton Place site in Redhill.
We have now delivered four inter-related Travel Planning projects covering staff from 9 different SABP Trust sites who are being affected by the Trust’s ongoing re-organisations. The projects delivered to date have included:
- Support for 60 staff moving from Kingsfield Resource Centre to Gatton Place in Redhill (June 2016)
- Support for 30 staff moving from Epsom General Hospital to St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey, where there are already 360 staff based and pressures on car parking capacity. (January 2017)
- Support for 150 staff moving from the Ridgewood Centre to the Theta Building in Frimley (January 2017)
- Support for 64 staff moving from Langley House in Oxted to Gatton Place in Redhill and Conifers in Caterham Dene (February 2017).
Furthermore, we were pleased to receive another appointment recently to a project at the Trust’s Headquarters in Leatherhead where we are now surveying the 200 employees based there. Although these staff aren’t moving, they are experiencing additional pressures on their car parking provision and have requested some support to identify effective travel planning solutions.
The tasks undertaken for each site have differed slightly as we have responded to the brief provided by the Trust and the slightly different contexts, challenges and needs at each site. For all projects we have conducted travel surveys of staff due to move and sometimes of staff currently based at a particular location, to understand the current and intended travel patterns of staff and how this could impact the sites they are moving to.
For some we have issued all staff who completed the survey with a valid postcode a detailed, bespoke personal journey plan tailored to the hours they currently work. This has made sure staff had a complete picture of their travel to work options prior to their move, enabling them to make fully informed travel decisions during their work relocation before they settle into travel habits.
For most locations, we have utilised the accessibility mapping software package TRAAC to compare and contrast the accessibility of the locations staff are moving to, versus their current journeys to work. Overlaying staff postcodes on the accessibility of each of the SABP sites concerned by different modes, really highlights the potential for any shift towards more sustainable modes and how far the Trust can realistically go to reduce pressure on their car parks.
The allocation of car park permits was a further task that SABP requested support on for some of their sites. Having reviewed and provided some feedback on the Trust’s current car park permit allocation criteria policy, we ensured that any survey data collected, in theory would also enable the allocation of car park permits should the Trust wish to. We have provided this assessment for two of the sites with recommendations about how the Trust can take this forward should they wish to.
Finally, we have offered further support to SABP where appropriate, for example to create a bespoke Travel Guide for Gatton Place and St Peter’s Hospital. Having worked across various SABP sites now, collecting rich and insightful data we are now in a position to advise the Trust on how they could develop an overarching and holistic Trust-wide Transport Strategy that affords the potential to apply the relevant parts and measures on a site-by-site basis.