April 26, 2019

Transport review will be ‘biggest in a generation’

The government is to conduct what it claims will be the “biggest review into transport in a generation”. It says its Future of mobility: urban strategy will pave the way for transforming the way people and goods move around our cities.

The review will explore regulations around new types of vehicles including e-scooters and e-cargo bike trailers, how sharing data can improve services by reducing congestion, and how journey planning and payment can be made simpler.

Alongside this, the government is launching a £90m competition for up to four new ‘future mobility zones’ to test ideas to improve journeys for people across the country. Ideas will include smoother payment systems, better, more up-to-date travel information and the use of innovative forms of transport, making travel in towns and cities more convenient, more reliable and cheaper.

Future of Mobility Minister, Jesse Norman, said: “We are at a potentially pivotal moment for the future of transport, with revolutionary technologies creating huge opportunities for cleaner, cheaper, safer and more reliable journeys.

“Through this strategy the government aims to take advantage of these innovations; connecting more people and bringing big benefits we hope for both the economy and the environment.”

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), said: “Today’s strategy offers important guidance on the objectives and principles underpinning the future of mobility in towns and cities, while giving industry scope to invest and innovate, developing exciting new services.”

Last mile

The government has also published its response to the Last Mile call for evidence, outlining a range of measures to support cleaner and more sustainable last mile deliveries. These include increasing the uptake of e-cargo bikes and e-vans. In addition, working with the Energy Saving Trust, the government is also now inviting expressions of interest for £2m of funding to support the uptake of e-cargo bikes.