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UK's first accredited mobility hub launches in London

The mobility hub in South Woodford, London Borough of Redbridge, reclaims an on-street car parking space with a design aimed at connecting the area and helping the environment.

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The Redbridge mini hub in London
The Redbridge mini hub in London

A mobility hub that incorporates sustainable transport options with community facilities has been unveiled in London.


The site in South Woodford, Redbridge reclaims an on-street car parking space with a design aimed at connecting the area and helping the environment.

 

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It integrates an electric car club bay, a community-led café, and an outdoor seating area with a fast electric vehicle (EV) charger from EB Charging with Ubeeqo, Europcar Mobility Group’s car-sharing brand, providing two Renault Zoe electric cars.

The Redbridge mini hub is the first in the UK to meet the standards set by national shared transport charity Collaborative Mobility UK (CoMoUK), working in collaboration with the London Borough of Redbridge and partners.

 

“We’re keen to promote active travel in Redbridge, as well as supporting the transition from diesel/petrol to electric vehicles and providing more street space for residents and local businesses,” said councillor Jo Blackman, London Borough of Redbridge cabinet member for environment and civic pride.


“Our mobility hub provides a perfect way to combine these aims and we’re hoping to deliver more across the borough in the coming months.”

 

The hub concept brings together public transport with shared transport options, such as bike share schemes and car clubs, together with walking and cycling provision and urban realm improvement.

“As we recover from the pandemic, we must ensure we build in the sustainable transport options we need in a way that makes them easy and attractive for people to use”

This can potentially be alongside community facilities such as cafés, fitness areas, green space, package collection points and wi-fi and phone charging, with features such as covered waiting areas, real-time journey planning information, walking areas and disabled access.

 

CoMoUK reports the benefits of mobility hubs include:

  • less congestion and a greener environment – they reduce the dominance of the private car and associated problems of congestion, carbon emissions, air quality and social exclusion
  • convenience and choice – the option of multi-modal trips with the possibility of seamless switches and improved links between different layers of transport
  • improved public transport network – plugging the gaps to deliver first- or last-mile connection to nearest bus or railway services
  • safety and better accessibility – mobility hubs offer a safer and more comfortable dwell time which will lead to improved access for more vulnerable users.

The Redbridge hub provides wider transport connections through the local Underground station with bus stops located a few metres away.

 

According to CoMoUK, plans are underway for more hubs across the UK, brought forward by a range of organisations, including local authorities, community groups, housing developers and train operating companies.

 

The Scottish Government has also identified them as a strategic transport priority for the future.

“As we recover from the pandemic, we must ensure we build in the sustainable transport options we need in a way that makes them easy and attractive for people to use, building in alternatives to car ownership,” added Richard Dilks, chief executive of CoMoUK.

“Mobility hubs are increasingly popular worldwide and it’s time for the UK to embrace this idea to improve air quality, decarbonise the transport sector, support more active travel, and revitalise town centres for local communities.”

 

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