Nottingham City Council has secured £16.7m to create three electric mobility hubs across the city.
The council has been successful in bidding for grant money from the Department for Transport’s (DfT) £70m Future Mobility Strategy.
The funding will be invested in joint projects with Derby Council to improve connectivity and encourage public transport and active travel.
Part of the money will be used to create electric mobility hubs, the hubs will aim to encourage the uptake of alternative travel methods by offering car club hire, bike-sharing and vehicle charging points.
The funding will also be used to create a new website and smartphone app. This will allow users to plan, book and pay for public transport, car sharing, bike hire and vehicle charging online.
The council also said they will create a data platform which will pool various data from council-owned transport systems. It is hoped that this data can be used to improve the efficiency of traffic control and also keep commuters informed with the latest information.
Cllr Adele Williams, portfolio holder for transport at Nottingham City Council said: ‘This is exciting news and is another example of how good we are at bidding for, and securing this type of grant to improve local transport options. It is a significant amount of money for Nottingham and Derby, and we have innovative plans in both cities.
‘Here in Nottingham, we’re going to improve traffic information to help commuters and motorists navigate their way around, while at the same time helping our traffic control officers to manage traffic better.
‘A new website and app will bring together in one place all the different ways to get around the city by public transport, electric car and bus hire, as well as paying for parking.
‘We also plan to create a number of hubs around Nottingham where people will be able to hire electric cars and bikes, as well as join car clubs, and have access to charging points.
‘These plans underline how forward-thinking Nottingham is and will help us to achieve our ambitious target of becoming carbon-neutral by 2028 – ahead of any other city in the country.’
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