The Future is Mobility Hubs?

25 September 2021

Rethinking Transport Interchanges

Arup and Go-Ahead have published a report on how mobility hubs should be designed.  Although many of the concepts have been documented before the report brings current thinking together in a concise form.

The report authors propose that by using mobility hubs neighbourhoods can benefit by having inclusive mobility, healthy streets and vibrancy

The challenge

Towns and cities will undergo immense structural changes as we tackle issues such as net zero carbon, inclusivity and health. Future Mobility Hubs will provide a high-quality and low compromise framework around which to arrange our day-today lives. They will form a network of structures that cluster together a full suite of complementary transport modes. They will be distributed throughout urban, suburban and rural areas enabling access to, and interchange between, a choice of sustainable mobility options to suit individual user needs. Concentrating mobility into these locations also unlocks other opportunities, whether they are localised public realm enhancements, commercial uses or community provision.

The document shares Go-Ahead’s and Arup’s vision for how Future Mobility Hubs can be developed for different contexts within the UK. Diagrams and sketches in this document should not be read as resolved designs but instead be seen as illustrations outlining key design principles which explore scalability, adaptability and potential uses.

Experience Elsewhere

Mobility hubs are increasingly becoming an operational reality in several European cities, with working examples being seen in Belgium, Austria, Germany and Norway. The emphasis and offer of these hubs varies, ranging from integrating existing bus and tram services with active travel, through to introducing focused spaces for car clubs. Sweden is considered an exemplar country with successful implementation of mobility hubs with varied scales and design models applicable to the UK context (e.g. near urban rail stations and business parks).

There is also a wide body of research which sets out the case for mobility hubs together with components and typologies, user requirements and necessary elements, implementation strategies, and development frameworks.

Application to Guildford

It is likely the Bus Station will be revamped as part of the proposed Friary development.  We have new and existing Rail stations in the borough that could become transport hubs.  The Park and Ride sites could be improved with facilities for e-commerce collection boxes, bike hire etc. 



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