11 July 2008
Campaign for Better Transport is pleased that its efforts to make it easier for people to access rail stations are bearing fruit, with the launch today of station travel plans, which we have been promoting.
Executive Director Stephen Joseph said 'We came up with the idea of station travel plans to reduce congestion and parking around stations, and increase access by public transport, walking and cycling. We're delighted that the Government and train companies have adopted this idea and look forward to seeing the results of the pilots. We expect more people will use these stations, fewer people will drive to them and CO2 will reduce as a result.'
Notes to editors
 Today the Secretary of State for Transport, Ruth Kelly, launched the Station Travel Plan Initiative for England and Wales, at an ATOC-organised event at Derby Station. This launch follows on from last year’s Rail White Paper, which endorsed our idea of station travel plans: “The Government welcomes Transport 2000’s idea of station travel plans.” [Until September 2007, we were called Transport 2000] http://www.dft.gov.uk/about/strategy/whitepapers/whitepapercm7176/, Chapter 10, paragraph 10.60.
Station travel plans will be developed for 24 pilot schemes covering 31 stations across the country: Derby, Loughborough, Colchester North, Leighton Buzzard, Southend Stations (Southend Victoria, Southend Central), St. Albans & Hatfield (St Albans City, St Albans Abbey, Hatfield), Middlesbrough & Thornaby, Darlington, Durham, Accrington, Hazel Grove, Ashford (Kent), Milton Keynes Central, Three Rivers CRP (Eastleigh, Chandlers Ford, Romsey, St. Denys), Bristol Parkway, Truro, Digby & Sowton, Shotton, Stoke-on-Trent, Leamington Spa, King's Norton, Chapeltown, Hebden Bridge and Leeds.