REGIONS ROADS: New mobility hubs could be built in West Yorkshire areas
The mobility hubs have proved popular in major European cities
New ‘mobility hubs’ could be built in Bradford and other West Yorkshire areas as part of a push to reduce the number of cars on the region’s roads.
The hubs, which have proved popular in major European cities, bring together a number of different travel methods.
Often based at bus, rail or tram stops, the hubs include bike storage facilities, car hire centres, cafes, delivery lockers and working space.
The intention is to provide as many services as possible in a convenient location, meaning people can ditch private cars.
The hubs make up part of West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s “Future Mobility Strategy”, a push to develop state of the art public transport that is easier to use.
A recent report by the Authority said the plan is for a number of hubs to be developed in West Yorkshire in the coming years.
There are four trial sites “currently in development” and funding bids are being prepared for another ten, although locations have yet to be decided.
The Authority’s strategy points to a hub in Vienna, the Mobile Station Simmeringer Platz,established in 2018, as an example of the type of hub that could be replicated in West Yorkshire.
It says: “The hub offers a range of mobility options including public transit, e-bike sharing, car sharing, an e-charging station, an ecargo bike along with secure cycle parking, a bike pump and information screens.”
It says West Yorkshire has yet to fully embrace the idea of such facilities, adding: “While some rail stations in West Yorkshire already fall into this definition (Kirkstall Forge and Horsforth which have car club bays nearby) and there are car club bays located close to bus stations and stops, these services are not particularly well integrated with each other or presented to the public as a coherent service offer in the way that a Mobility Hub would.”
The strategy aims to have a “wider rollout” of hubs within the next five years.
Words: Chris Young, Local Democracy Reporter
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