Public transport operator, Go-Ahead Group, has partnered with engineering and consulting firm, Arup, to create a blueprint for sustainable transport hubs.
The blueprint integrates public transport with walking, cycling, micro mobility and digital services, to help enable 'quick and easy' connections between sustainable modes of transport, Go-Ahead said.
Published today (September 21), the ‘Future Mobility Hubs’ report presents a framework for a network of interchanges that can be adapted to suit different cities, suburbs and rural areas across the UK.
The report states that passengers waiting for a bus could benefit from solar powered lighting and heating, cycle storage and hire, charging points, digital services such as Wi-Fi and real-time journey information, and community gardens and co-working.
Mark Anderson, interim customer and commercial director at Go-Ahead, said: “Today we’re setting out a vision of what bus stops and interchanges could 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’ll only achieve that, as a country, if we think big, work closely with local authorities and come up with ideas to make travelling as attractive as possible.”
Mobility hubs could unlock opportunities for low-carbon journeys by integrating different forms of transport, Go-Ahead said.
Services tailored to each location would enhance existing infrastructure such as bus stops, railways stations and park and ride facilities with options ranging from cycle storage, e-bikes and EV charging to improved lighting, amenities, and public realm.
The framework is published as local authorities work towards an October deadline for Bus Service Improvement Plans (BSIPs) – which will be submitted to bid for a share of £3 billion of funding provided under Bus Back Better – the Government’s national bus service strategy.
The transport operator said several of its operating companies have identified potential locations for mobility hubs in submissions to local authorities.