Government launches ‘Future of Mobility’
The Department for Transport has released the government’s new ‘Future of Mobility’ urban strategy review, which promises to be a major part of a once-in-a-generation shake-up of the country’s transport infrastructure.
In a statement accompanying the launch, Minister of State for Transport Jesse Norman MP said: “The UK is in the early stages of a transport revolution. For much of the past half century, many of the improvements to transport have been gradual and incremental, focused on increasing the capacity of existing infrastructure to meet growing demand. Yet, today, important new technologies are emerging that will transform transport and travel.”
Citing the prospect of self-driving cars, “new mobility technologies” and other new or anticipated future developments, the government intends to explore options to modernise the UK’s transport network so it can meet future needs. The four main areas of focus will be “Micro-mobility vehicles and how to trial them; Mobility as a service; Transport data and Modernising bus, taxis and private hire vehicles legislation.”
The extent to which motorcycles will be a part of the review is not immediately clear, but “E-scooters and E-bikes” are explicitly cited as examples of ‘Micro-mobility vehicles’. The glossary definition of Micro-mobility itself also includes “The use of small mobility devices, designed to carry one or two people”, which would suggest that conventional motorcycles or their future equivalents could readily satisfy that definition too.
The government has also established a £90m Future Mobility Zones Fund for towns and cities to establish four ‘Future Mobility Zones’ where new ideas can be field-tested. This is on top of £60m from the Transforming Cities Fund that was already awarded to 10 UK cities.
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