Getting around the West of England will be possible at the touch of a button after the region was selected as one of only three Future Transport Zones in the UK.
The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) will lead a £28m package of transport improvements that will put the region at the cutting edge of the world transport revolution, helping to cut congestion and improve our air quality.
The programme will test how new technologies can be used to make it radically easier for people to move around the region, planning and changing between different modes of transport on a single ticket to get to their destination.
It will also see the use of e-scooters being trialled in the region.
West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles said: “Once again, our region is leading the world with innovation that will benefit our residents, our environment and our businesses.
“We will soon see people able to plan and move around the region at the touch of button, using the very latest technology, including e-scooters.
“Making the West of England a Future Transport Zone brings together two of my big aims for the region – making us a global centre of innovation excellence and getting the region moving by cutting congestion and improving our air quality.
“Our Future Transport Living Lab is ready to go as we’ve already been working with universities, businesses and councils to develop the plan; now we’ve got the green light, we can start making better use of our transport network.”
WECA has secured £24m from the Department for Transport and is investing nearly £4m more to support the Future Transport Zone for the region. It will support more people to get around the West of England easily and by more sustainable modes of travel – helping to tackle congestion and improve air quality.