Go-Ahead and Arup present a vision for sustainable transport hubs
The Go-Ahead Group, one of the UK’s largest public transport operators, has partnered with Arup to create a project that better integrates public transport with walking, cycling, micromobility and services digital, enabling quick and easy connections between sustainable modes of transport. .
Their Future mobility hubs The report presents a flexible framework for a network of interchanges that can be adapted to different cities, suburbs and rural areas in the UK. Passengers waiting for a bus could benefit from solar lighting and heating, bicycle and rental storage, charging stations, community gardens and even co-working spaces.
Mobility hubs could open up low-carbon travel opportunities by better integrating different forms of transport, creating an attractive alternative to the car. Services tailored to each location would improve existing infrastructure such as bus stops, train stations and park-and-ride facilities with options ranging from storage of bicycles, e-bikes and electric vehicle charging to improved lighting. , equipment and the public domain.
The framework is released as local authorities prepare for an October deadline for plans to improve bus services, which will be submitted to bid for a share of the £ 3bn of funding provided under “Bus Back Better”, the government’s national bus service strategy. A number of Go-Ahead Group operating companies have identified potential locations for mobility hubs in submissions to local authorities.
Mark Anderson, Go-Ahead Sales Director and Interim Customer, said: “The environment on board buses has improved significantly with modern vehicles and improved accessibility. But our customers also want a more comfortable environment to wait for a bus or to change mode of transport.
“We are defining a vision of what bus stops and interchanges might look like in the future. For the UK to meet its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, we need millions of people to switch from cars to public transport. We will only achieve this as a country if we think big, work closely with local authorities and come up with ideas to make travel as attractive as possible.
Richard de Cani, head of global planning at Arup, said: “As people demand improved connectivity solutions and grapple with the impact of their choices on climate change, this vision of mobility hubs defines a high-quality framework to trigger fundamental change, providing us with a sustainable alternative to change our behavior and support the decarbonization of the transport network.
“Currently, transportation options in our cities can be fragmented. Mobility hubs could combine services to offer more integrated and convenient travel choices while reducing carbon impact and helping us achieve our net zero ambitions.
Click here to download the Future mobility hubs report.