An app trialled to encourage guests to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Nationwide Park to go away their automotive and plan extra sustainable journeys has reached its 10,000th journey inside a yr.
The Journey Planner pilot scheme was launched to assist day trippers plan their journey and to encourage them to make use of different choices corresponding to public transport and biking the place sensible.
Developed with regional transport partnership Tactran, the trial has seen greater than 7,500 folks use the app in its first yr and greater than 10,000 journeys deliberate. In a current survey, 52 per cent of customers stated utilizing the app had made it extra doubtless that they’d use public transport, stroll or cycle as an alternative of driving.
Scotland’s first nationwide park attracts round 4 million guests yearly and 79 per cent of them use their automotive to journey to and across the park.
Kenny Auld, head of customer companies at Loch Lomond and The Trossachs Nationwide Park, stated: “We all know the overwhelming majority of tourists coming to the nationwide park are arriving in automobiles and that has implications not only for local weather, but in addition for pressures on native roads and communities.
”Regardless of identified constraints throughout the sustainable transport community, engagement with the app from guests has exceeded our expectations. There may be clearly demand from guests for alternate options to automotive journey and that is one thing we’re eager to develop additional.
“There’s a lengthy option to go in relation to bettering public and lively transport choices in rural areas just like the nationwide park however the Journey Planner pilot has enhanced our understanding of the alternatives and challenges on this space and can inform long run planning on sustainable journey.”
Scotland’s Local weather Change Plan replace in 2020 set out a dedication to scale back automotive kilometers by 20 per cent by 2030.
Jenny Gilruth MSP, minister for transport, stated: “We need to assist Scotland to turn out to be a world chief in Sensible Mobility and our Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Funding Fund initiatives are serving to unlock this potential for innovation so I am happy to see how effectively the Nationwide Park Journey Planner is getting used.
“MaaS has the potential to remodel the way in which we use transport by making public and shared transport choices like bus and practice as fascinating as utilizing our automotive, all of which helps to create a more healthy, extra sustainable Scotland. It’s only by testing and widespread use that we are able to see how efficient this expertise is, so I might encourage everybody to obtain the app and check out it out.”
The Nationwide Park Journey Planner app offers guests a wider vary of journey choices in a single place, to make it simpler to analysis, plan and guide a day journey. It permits guests to discover factors of curiosity and to verify and examine the carbon impacts of various modes of journey.
Whereas not all areas of the nationwide park can presently be reached by public transport, there are alternate options to automotive journey for a number of the hottest elements of the park.
The pilot is getting used to collect helpful suggestions and information on demand for extra transport companies, to tell long run planning on sustainable journey.
It’s one among a number of initiatives underway because the Nationwide Park Authority considers brief time period and long run measures to encourage low emission journey. Potential for a shuttle bus to run throughout peak customer season is being explored and an in depth research is underway trying on the present journey habits and volumes throughout the nationwide park and alternatives to transition to a much less automotive dependent system.
Regional transport partnership Tactran is working with companions throughout Tayside and Central Scotland to develop on-line journey planning instruments and apps as a part of their ENABLE Programme. In addition to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs Nationwide Park, Tactran can also be working with Dundee and Angus Faculty and NHS Tayside on on-line journey instruments.
Tactran chair, Cllr Andrew Parrott stated, “I’m delighted to be working with Loch Lomond and The Trossachs Nationwide Park Authority on the continuing success of the Tactran ENABLE challenge.
“We hope that this exemplary work might be constructed on to enhance sustainable entry to different organizations throughout the Tactran area.”
The Nationwide Park Journey Planner might be downloaded for Apple gadgets by way of the App Retailer or by way of the Play Retailer for Android gadgets. It’s also out there as an internet app on the nationwide park web site.