Alternatives to travel: a call for evidence - guidance document and questionnaire

Department for Transport
Formal consultation
Published date:
6 April 2011 
Closing date:
31 May 2011 
Aviation, Rail, Roads, Shipping


21st century transport choices should fit a 21st century world where people should be smarter about when they travel and when they use office technology for virtual travel instead.

The results will be tangible — reduced congestion, reduced carbon emissions, improved quality of life. And increased home working might even improve community links, with more people shopping locally and closer relationships between neighbours.

The Department is working to encourage businesses, the public sector and individuals to think about their travel choices, by first considering whether they need to travel at all. We are currently considering how we can best support businesses, organisations and individuals to make more considered travel decisions.

Call for evidence: alternatives to travel

The Department for Transport is seeking views on ‘Alternatives to travel’ which can reduce the need for work related travel, to help inform the development of long term strategy.

We are seeking comments and views specifically on Alternatives to travel that reduce the need for commuting and business trips, such as home-working and remote working, making use of teleconferencing and video conferencing or introducing flexible working and staggered hours in order to reduce travel during peak periods.

Alternatives to travel: call for evidence, launched on April 6th, seeks information about which Alternatives to travel are already in use in the workplace, and seeks to find out how they cam to be implemented, and aims to build up evidence as to what the impacts have been, both positive and negative.

We would like to hear views on why some Alternatives to travel are not in use, and if this is due to particular barriers, what these are and how they could be overcome.

Effective use of Alternatives to travel appears to offer significant potential for businesses so it is important that we use as much of the existing evidence as possible to develop an effective long term strategy. The Ways2work case study directory of companies, on the DfT funded National Business Travel Network website, features a variety of organisations that have successfully increased business efficiency through better ways of working and travelling.

We want to explore to what extent reducing the need for travel can cut congestion, reduce carbon emissions and improve quality of life. Adopting smarter ways can potentially help more people to work to their own timetable leading to a better work / life balance, resulting in more motivated and effective workforces.

Of course, promoting Alternatives to travel does not mean we are seeking to stop people travelling, we are simply encouraging individuals and businesses to use alternatives where they feel these would be appropriate.

Alternatives to travel is one element of the Government’s vision for a local sustainable transport system that supports the economy and reduces carbon emissions, as set out in the Local Transport White Paper Creating Growth, Cutting Carbon.

Consultation documents

The Alternatives to travel: call for evidence — guidance document and questionnaire are being published to assist with the development of longer term alternatives to travel strategy.

This consultation can be downloaded and responded to by post or email using the details provided in the documents.

Background documents