09 Feb 2007

The Open University and Transport for London take up transport challenge

Public and private sector organisations are increasingly challenged to meet their staff, customers and suppliers’ travel needs in a more environmentally and socially responsible way. To prepare travel planners for the future, The Open University, in partnership with Transport for London, has just launched the first national vocational course specifically designed to meet the needs of newly appointed travel planners.

Introduction to Travel Planning shows how travel plans can be developed and implemented properly. The online course explains the environmental, social and economic impacts of transport and the resulting need for mobility management. It highlights the range of measures that can be used as part of a travel plan in workplaces and schools and how to match these measures to the requirements of a particular site or organisation.

Transport for London has invested £40,000 in the course, which is the first of four to make up a planned accredited vocational diploma in travel planning. Stephen Potter, Professor of Transport Strategy at The Open University, explains: “The course has been specifically designed for school and workplace travel planners who need to update and extend their skills. They can study whenever they want, at their own pace, and the course is designed so they can focus on their own situation and needs.”

Conrad Haigh, Workplace Travel Planning Manager at Transport for London, commented after the launch of the first course: “The course fulfils a specific need and will enable staff to identify key success factors which will make all the difference in travel planning.”

Editor's Notes

1. People who complete Introduction to Travel Planning, Travel Plan Development and two planned courses in Social Marketing and Research Design & Statistical Analysis will be able to secure an accredited Level 3 vocational qualification in travel planning, awarded by the Open University Awarding Body.

2. The Centre for Continuing Professional Development at The Open University is developing a portfolio of short courses for practising professionals who need to update and extend their skills. Further information: Email or Tel: 0870 900 9577.

3. Transport for London (TfL) works with organisations throughout the capital, including schools, businesses, primary care trusts and councils, to help them produce and implement travel plans. Travel planning is an important part of TfL’s work on Travel Demand Management (TDM), which looks to change people’s travel behaviour, in order to manage demand on London’s transport network. By meeting Londoner’s needs through alternative methods of transport or working, TfL aims to create a more desirable environment in which people can travel, work and learn in the capital.

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