Mobility/Journey Hubs

Mobility hubs

This scheme forms part of a programme of investment through the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF), that collectively, helps reduce congestion, improve air quality and help the city prosper by investing in infrastructure to improve public and sustainable transport connectivity on key commuter routes across the city.

Consultation

The project is now being consulted on until 5pm on the 24 March, we are seeking your views on how you would use a mobility/journey hub to help us determine the next steps which will include locations. To participate follow the link below:

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Scheme summary

The current climate, locally, nationally and globally means we require a re-evaluation of how we move, use space and travel. There is an urgent need to improve air quality, reduce carbon emissions, lessen congestion and improve connectivity in a fair and affordable manner. Mobility/Journey hubs will, by tackling these key issues, serve to improve health and wellbeing, strengthen the economy, minimise negative environmental impact, regenerate communities and reduce poverty.

The installation of multi-modal mobility/journey hubs will provide electric vehicle charge points, e-bikes, car clubs, and information on local transportation for businesses, the general public, communities and visitors. Mobility/Journey hubs will be designed with respect to their compatibility with future mobility technologies, ensuring infrastructure that is compatible with developments such as CAVs, vehicle to grid charging and battery storage.

After the three-year Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) grant period Plymouth will have installed up to 50 multi-modal mobility/journey hubs, strategically integrated into the public transport network.

These will consist of 300 electric vehicle charging points, 400 e-bikes, car club, 0.5 megawatts of solar carports and a smart booking system. Local residents, employees, businesses and visitors will be able to plan their journeys to use public and shared transportation, both in the city and on the main routes into Devon and Cornwall.

The Mobility/Journey Hub Network project meets the aims of the TCF through the provision of low carbon shared transportation and new charging infrastructure connecting the region's two TCF corridors, increasing connectivity to key employment markets, education, health and leisure facilities, and services. It aligns with the policies contained within the Department for Transport's Road to Zero Strategy 2018, which specifically details the crucial role of charging facilities in meeting the Strategy's objectives.

The IPCC report (2018) stated that in order to prevent a global temperature rise of more than 1.5 degrees the world must become zero carbon by 2030. The UK Government has declared a climate emergency, promising to become net zero carbon by 2050. We've declared our own Climate Emergency with a target of being net zero carbon by 2030, in line with IPCC targets. There is an urgent need to reduce carbon emissions from transportation, which accounts for 27 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK (Department for Transport, 2018). In order to achieve these reductions there must be an urgent move away from fossil fuels to more sustainable, low carbon transportation.

The Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan has ambitions for a minimum of 26,700 new homes and the creation of at least 20,000 new jobs by 2034. This level of development will have a significant impact on Plymouth's transportation systems and carbon emissions. Mobility/Journey hubs will strategically connect existing public transport across Plymouth, providing low carbon mobility/journey for last mile journeys, intercity travel or to areas not covered by public transport.

Aim

To deliver up to 50 multi-modal mobility/journey hubs across Plymouth for business and the public, delivering significant carbon reductions, improved connectivity, business benefits and a sustainable, future-proofed shared transportation system.

Multi-modal mobility/journey hubs

Mobility/Journey hubs are places of connectivity offering multi-modal transportation. They are comprised of integrated suites of low carbon and shared options, providing seamless coverage across urban areas.

A multi-modal mobility/journey hub is designed to offer a variety of transport modes and provide connectivity to public transport networks. The key characteristics of mobility/journey hubs are that they are designed to connect public and shared transport networks, reduce private car use, improve the surrounding area and to be recognizable across the city.

Multi-modal mobility/journey hubs will be designed to be flexible in order to meet local requirements. Key components may include:

  • electric vehicle (EV) charging points
  • E-bikes and cargo bikes
  • solar carport
  • car club
  • bike parking
  • security (lighting, CCTV)
  • lockers for delivery and storage.

They can also incorporate additional facilities such as information boards, bike repair equipment and waiting areas.

EV charging for ferries

The electrification of the waterways in Plymouth can bring significant economic benefits to the region through the development of a new industry. Plymouth has a history of boat building, dockyard work and marine engineering. The TCF grant will enable the installation of key charging infrastructure to help kick start carbon reduction in marine transport while utilizing the local skillsets available. Discussions with local ferry operators have resulted in a commitment to retrofitting two ferries in early 2020 with ambition to increase the number of electrified vessels in their fleet over the next five years. This would be delivered in a partnership where the Council provides the vital charging infrastructure and boat operators invest their own money into the vessels and train up their employees to be ready for new technologies.

 

The Project Initiation Document for this project can be viewed here: 

 

Economic summary  
Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) 2.08 Value for money category: High

Transforming Cities Fund