The government has launched its Future of Mobility: Urban Strategy, the biggest review into transport in a generation.
Announced by the Future of Mobility Minister, Jesse Norman, the review will explore ideas such as modernising laws that are barriers to innovation, while investigating how data can be used to improve services and reduce congestion.
Regulations around making payment more simple will also be explored.
Within the Future of Mobility: Urban Strategy, it has been announced that £90 million will be invested in the UK’s towns and cities to test transport innovation.
It is hoped that this will result in greener, safer and more reliable journeys.
With a huge focus on encouraging the introduction of greener and cleaner fleets through clean air policies, implementation of infrastructure through the Road to Zero strategy, and the drive to reduce collisions on our roads, the funding to test transport innovation will improve journeys for businesses and people.
The Future of Mobility: Urban Strategy, is part of the government’s wide-ranging Industrial Strategy, and sets out nine principles that will help to guide government decision-making in the future.
This will ensure emerging transport technologies are safe, reliable, accessible and green.
One of the principles will guarantee that all decisions made are in line with the ambition for a zero-emission future.
And Mr Norman, Future of Mobility Minister, explained what the strategy aims to achieve.
He said: “We are at a potentially pivotal moment for the future of transport, with revolutionary technologies creating huge opportunities for cleaner, cheaper, safer and more reliable journeys.
“Through this strategy, the government aims to take advantage of these innovations; connecting more people and bringing big benefits we hope for both the economy and the environment.”
Sustainable transport will be boosted further with the award of the first winners of the government’s Transforming Cities Fund, with £60 million awarded to 10 city regions to support low carbon vehicles.