Do You Live Near The Government’s Future Transport Zones?

Thu 19th Mar 2020

The UK government has announced a £90 million investment in three new future transport zones for the country, where the latest transport technology solutions will be tested.

England already has one Future Transport Zone, with the West Midlands currently at the forefront of automated vehicle testing, working with the region’s biggest car manufacturers such as Jaguar Land Rover.

The Department for Transport is now working with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to investigate where future transport technology can aid key local infrastructure such as councils, hospitals, airports and universities.

Portsmouth and Southampton, the West of England Combined Authority and Derby and Nottingham are the nominated new zones. The use of drones to to ferry medical supplies to hospitals in the Isle of Wight will be trialled in the Portsmouth and Southampton zone.

The zones are also expected to test the viability of electric scooters in major urban areas, the e-scooters are popular across Europe but are technically illegal in the UK.

Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, said: “We are on the cusp of a transport revolution. Emerging technologies are ripping up the rulebook and changing the way people and goods move forever.

“Our groundbreaking future of transport programme marks the biggest review of transport laws in a generation and will pave the way for exciting new transport technology to be tested, cementing the UK’s position as a world-leading innovator.

“This review will ensure we understand the potential impacts of a wide range of new transport modes such as e-scooters, helping to properly inform any decisions on legalisation. Funding these new zones across the country will also help us safely test innovative ways to get around, creating a greener future transport system for us all.”