UK invests in ‘future transport zones’

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When, or perhaps if, we get over the Coronavirus then will people rush back to the old way of doing things? David Brown reports that the UK is looking to a new transport future.

The UK government has pledged the equivalent of $177 million to three ‘future transport zones’ to test new ways of transporting people and goods.

West of England Combined Authority will trial systems to book one journey across multiple modes of transport and autonomous vehicles to transport people between Bristol Airport and the centre of neighbouring city Bath.

Portsmouth and Southampton will also trial options for last-mile deliveries including e-cargo bikes in cities.

The Government is look for consultation on the impact of electric scooters on transport, with safety requirements relating to minimum age, vehicle standards and insurance. It will also consider if local authorities should have extra powers to manage the impact of where e-scooters can be parked.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto