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Government reveals shortlist for Future Mobility Zones

Seven areas in England have been named as the shortlisted second-stage applicants for the Department for Transport’s Future Mobility Zones Fund competition.

The zones will be part of the Transforming Cities Fund and will demonstrate a range of new mobility services, modes and models

The competition was announced this spring alongside a government review into urban mobility under its Future of Mobility: Urban Strategy.

Funded by £90m – part of the Transforming Cities Fund – four Future Mobility Zones will be selected and will test ideas to improve journeys for people across the country. Building on widespread use of smartphones among the public, the initiative will explore solutions for smoother payment systems, better, more up-to-date travel information and the use of innovative forms of transport, making travel in towns and cities more convenient, more reliable and cheaper.

The first stage of application saw six Mayoral areas and 12 shortlisted Transforming Cities Fund cities able to apply for Future Mobility Zone funding. This has now been whittled down to seven shortlisted candidates who are now able to reapply for FMZ funding:

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority
  • Derby and Nottingham
  • Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • Norwich
  • Portsmouth and Southampton
  • West of England Combined Authority
  • West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Last year saw the West Midlands becomes UK’s first Future Mobility Area, which could enable drivers in the West Midlands to be paid ‘credits’ to ditch their personal vehicles as part of a new £20m Future Mobility programme from Transport for West Midlands (TfWM)

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006.