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Activity 9.1: Check the quality of the plan


The aim of the SUMP Glossary is to provide a brief explanation of specialist words, terms and abbreviations relating to the subject of sustainable urban mobility planning. The Glossary has been prepared by the CH4LLENGE project and as a result, there is a particular focus on defining terms relating to the four key challenges of plan development studied by the project, namely: participation, cooperation, measure selection and monitoring & evaluation. It is envisaged that, over time, the international community of mobility practitioners will add to the content of the online Glossary and produce versions in different languages.
A simple structure has been followed so that users can search for words, terms and abbreviations in a standard alphabetic format. For each Glossary term, the following information is provided:
• a general definition and, where available, a specific definition relating to transport and mobility planning;
• an explanation of why the term is relevant to sustainable urban mobility planning; and
• references to sources.
The preparation of the Glossary, including the selection of terms and drafting of definitions, has been informed by a review of relevant reports, guidance documents and existing glossaries. The key reference is the European Union “Guidelines - Developing and implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan” prepared for the EC’s Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme by Rupprecht Consult (January 2014) and therefore this has not been identified as a source throughout the document. The outputs of the CH4LLENGE project have also provided a principal source of information and the official documents can be found at www.sump-challenges.eu.

Please note that not all the explanatory text is taken directly from the listed sources. The authors have sought to take established definitions and information as the basis and explain these in simple terms and relate them to the context of sustainable urban mobility planning where this was not previously the case.

By Admin Eltis / Updated: 11 Nov 2015


The project team will have the task to compile the final draft of the plan document. To ensure that the previous agreements are well reflected, drafts of the document need to be reviewed internally and by important external stakeholders.



  • Ensure high quality of the SUMP document.
  • Ensure that views of key stakeholders have been taken sufficiently into account in the document.



  • Look at the whole plan and check quality and potential for effective outcomes.
  • Make final amendments in cooperation with key stakeholders.


Activities beyond essential requirements

  • Include external reviewers with experience on sustainable urban mobilityinfo-icon planning to check quality of plan document.


Timing and coordination

  • Quality check when advanced draft of plan document is available.



Final draft of Sustainable Urban Mobility Planinfo-icon compiled.
Internal and stakeholderinfo-icon review completed.
Final amendments completed.



Lille, France: Plan structure

The Plan de Déplacements Urbains (PDU) of the agglomeration of Lille includes a total of 170 actions defined and structured along six axes:

  1. An “intensive city” and mobility
  2. A network of public transport
  3. Sharing the street, alternative modes
  4. Freight transport
  5. Environmentinfo-icon, health and the safety of citizens
  6. Realisation, monitoringinfo-icon and evaluationinfo-icon
  7. This action program is accompanied by a preliminary estimate of the costs.
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Lille, France: Plan structure

The Plan de déplacements urbains (PDU) of the agglomeration of Lille includes a total of 170 actions defined and structured along the following six axes:

1) An “intensive city” and mobilityinfo-icon

Within the first axis, the agglomeration of Lille promotes sustainable development and urban forms through a better integrationinfo-icon of the different elements in policyinfo-icon making and urban design. It also passes through the expansion of a network of heavy public transport as the backbone of urban development. Lille envisages developing so-called micro-PDUs in specific areas, as well as a number of actions, such as the construction of eco-neighbourhoods, to serve as models.

2) A network of public transport

The agglomeration of Lille will invest heavily in the reinforcement of its present public transport infrastructure. This should allow for intermodalityinfo-icon and better connections with other jurisdictions, yet also allow for a more complete service to the users.

3) Sharing the street, alternative modes

The third axis combines a set of activities that should incite a more reasonable use of the private car. This should be done by creating a distribution of road space in favour of the sustainable modes. This translates into an objectiveinfo-icon to better structure the road network and to optimise existing roads. Walking will be promoted as a mode through an integrated pedestrian network. The metropolitan area has also adopted ambitious plans in relation to cycling. Parking strategies will be in line with the PDU objectives.

4) Freight transport

Actions on freight transport in the metropolitan area of Lille are based on a report produced earlier. Although freight transport is crucial to the economic life of a city, it is also a source of congestion and emissions. The authorities will first search for alternatives to freight transport by road. This will be done through the development of a global strategyinfo-icon, reinforcement of intermodality and clearer integration of the issue of transport in the promotion of economic activities. Specific attention will be paid to urban freight transport. A specific strategy will be developed and a number of experiments will be executed in a coordinated manner.

5) Environmentinfo-icon, health and the safety of citizens

To better integrate environmental issues in urban planning documents, an environmental impact assessmentinfo-icon became obligatory for all PDUs after the adoption of the European Directive 2001/42/ CE in French law in 2005. Following this assessment, a number of direct objectives and actions were defined that are combined in the 5th axis of Lille’s PDU, environment, health and safety of citizens. It intends first to reduce energy consumption and the atmospheric impacts of mobility and transport on the environment and on health. It will also take a number of actions to reduce road noise pollution, will adopt a cross-cutting environmental strategy in the development of its metropolitan policies, and will create a safe environment for the users of the mobility services.

6) Realisation, monitoringinfo-icon and evaluationinfo-icon

Evaluating and measuring the impact of transport policies implemented via the Lille Métropole PDU requires appropriate observation and evaluation tools. The aim is to share the values of the PDU within the territory and beyond and to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the different actions and mobility strategies. The scheduled actions will be transferred into all other local urban planning documents; the public will be kept involved via “action committees”; company travel plans agreed with major local travel generators will reduce the rush-hour congestion problems; via mobility observations a PDU monitoring committee will analyse evolving travel behaviour and monitor the implementation of the PDU.

This action program is accompanied by a preliminary estimate of the costs.

The connections between the different modes of travels, the citizens that realise them, freight transport, and the space in which transport takes place together require an integrated mobility and transport policy, articulated by the city and its citizens.

Table of Contents (Project de PDU Lille)


The objectives of the PDU

The PDU in actions

Axis 1: An “intensive city” and mobility

Axis 2: A network of public transport

Axis 3: Sharing the street, sustainable modes

Axis 4: Freight transport

Axis 5: Environment, health and the safety of citizens

Axis 6: Realisation, monitoring and evaluation

Planning and financial estimates



Source: Rupprecht Consult, based on Lille PDU, www.lillemetropole.fr