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Future Transport Zone

Future Transport Zone 2021-04-13T11:48:55+01:00

Creating seamless journeys from A to B

The Future Transport Zone (FTZ) programme is trialling innovative new solutions, powered by digital technologies, to make public transport better and more connected within our communities.

  • Providing last-mile transport options to connect more people to MetroBus and MetroWest
  • Combining journey-planning and ticketing in a convenient mobile application to make it easier to use and pay for public transport.
  • Creating transport solutions to help people to access new employment opportunities.

The Department for Transport have selected four regions to become Future Transport Zones and have provided us with £24.4m to deliver this programme of investment in the region. WECA will also invest £3.65m alongside this government investment. The programme runs from July 2020 to March 2024.

We will be using the funding to evaluate the impact of transport technologies, to understand the impact they have on the way people travel in specific trial sites around the West of England.

Throughout this period we’ll be refining and testing new ideas to learn what works, and what doesn’t, so that we can then embed them as core components of public transport in future transport investments such as future park and rides, mass transit, and bus infrastructure.

We will ensure the Future Transport Zone puts customer-needs at the heart of our solutions. Our Transport Living Lab will involve residents in the co-design and creation of future transport solutions.

Our bid submission to the Department for Transport is available for download here: West of England Combined Authority – Future Mobility Zone – Final Proposal (PDF, 4.8MB).

What FTZ will deliver

The Department for Transport has funded us to develop and trial 6 key transport innovations:

Mobility as a Service

A one-stop-shop for journey planning and ticketing across all types of transport.

Mobility Stations

An integrated space for seamlessly changing between transport modes.

Dynamic Demand-Responsive Transport

Improving access to transport within communities.


Better connected last-mile journeys extending the reach of core transport corridors.

E-cargo bikes

Green transport reducing congestion for freight in city centres.

Transport Data Hub

A regional data warehouse to improve transport planning and management.

The full scope of the Future Transport Zone programme is detailed within the proposal document.


The FTZ programme is currently developing specific plans for each of our projects and will be publishing detailed roadmaps in due course. The following are our strategic aspirational timescales that each project is using as a basis for its planning.

Jul 2020 – Mobilisation Phase

Recruiting key programme roles and establishing delivery strategy.

Sep 2020 – Concept Phase

Defining the solutions and testing the feasibility.

Feb 2021 – Living Lab Phase

Establishing the FTZ Living Lab for community co-design.

Jul 2021 – Development Phase

Working with suppliers to implement solutions.

Jan 2022 – Trial Operations Phase

Running initial trials of experimental solutions.

Jan 2023 – Full Operations Phase

Finalised solutions deployed to evaluate the impact on transport and journeys.

Dec 2023 – Reporting Phase

Key findings published to inform future regional and national transport strategy and policy.

Mar 2024 – Closeout Phase

End of the FTZ programme.

Open Innovation

Our Open Innovation approach is an opportunity for interested suppliers to suggest new ways we can deliver value to the West of England through transport innovation.

On our procurement portal you will find more information on how to engage. Make sure to register on the portal to hear about new opportunities to engage on FTZ as the programme develops.

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