Last week we submitted a bid to the Government for funding that could transform the way we all move around our region.
We were invited to bid into the Future Mobility Zone (FMZ) fund following a successful outline proposal in May – in which we were one of only seven areas shortlisted to submit a full bid.
We’ve put a huge amount of work into developing our Future Mobility Zone proposals, and have committed almost £4 million to make this happen because we know how essential smart transport and technology are to our future.
The West of England is renowned as a home of innovation and testing for future transport and mobility services, and we have full commitment from partners across the region – our councils, our universities, and the commercial sector.
Our proposals set out plans for a Future Mobility Living Lab. This would work with local communities, transport operators and innovators to co-design, trial and demonstrate new solutions to the challenges that our residents, businesses and visitors face in getting around the region.
It would also look at how we make better use of our transport networks and support improvements in air quality. For example, we’re looking at technological advances such as smart ticketing and electronic booking of shared taxis or minibuses, as well as more use of electric bikes, including cargo bikes for small businesses.
We believe our proposals could lead to real innovation which would benefit our residents, our environment and our economy. Our proposals are fully aligned with the objectives set out in our Local Industrial Strategy, co-produced with Government.
The West of England is ideally placed to deliver on the aims and aspirations of the Future Mobility Zone, and we’re ready to go.
You can read the full bid here.