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Measures have been announced to increase bus and light rail services across the UK, roll out higher numbers of safety and guidance staff, and to make commuting easier without public transport.
The British government recently announced that e-scooter trials would be fast-tracked as part of a 'green restart of local transport,' and has now requested feedback to a set of proposed regulatory changes and plans.
The UK government has undertaken an analysis to assess the number of chargepoints required to meet future charging needs along motorways and major A roads.
The advice sets out that if people cannot work from home, they should first consider alternatives to public transport, but if this is unavoidable they must follow a set of safety recommendations.
The government has also announced an initial £250 million emergency active travel fund for cycling and walking infrastructure and revealed plans to extend the UK EV charging network.
English local authorities can bid for funding to establish Britain’s first all-electric bus town or city.
The package, agreed jointly with the bus industry, aims to keep key routes running to provide a lifeline for those who cannot work from home, including those travelling to jobs on the frontline of the UK’s fight against COVID-19, such as NHS staff.
Whilst there have been recently published strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in individual transport modes, the TDP will reportedly take a coordinated, cross-modal approach to deliver the transport sector’s contribution to both carbon budgets and net zero.
The e-scooter trials will initially take place in four “future transport zones”: Portsmouth and Southampton; the West of England Combined Authority (WECA); Derby and Nottingham; and the West Midlands.
The call for evidence focuses on three primary areas: micromobility vehicles, flexible bus services and Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS).
The UK government is set to consult on proposals in the summer designed to improve the lives of people with mobility or sight impairments, as well as parents with prams.
By increasing the ethanol content of petrol, E10 reportedly has the potential to cut CO2 from transport by 750,000 tonnes per year - equivalent to taking around 350,000 cars off the road.