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West Midlands becomes UK’s first Future Mobility Area

Fleets in the West Midlands are get access to mobility services such as car sharing and electric bicycles with the help of new government funding.

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The West Midlands will use the funding to explore mobility solutions including car sharing

Announced by the region’s mayor, Andy Street, as he spoke at the Conservative conference in Birmingham’s ICC, the £20m funding will aid the West Midlands as it becomes the UK’s first Future Mobility Area.

Welcoming the announcement, the BVRLA’s chief executive, Gerry Keaney said: “The fleet sector is determined to play a lead role in tackling air pollution and this announcement has the potential to dramatically improve the sustainability of road transport in the West Midlands.

“We believe that this announcement must be the start of a wider transition in urban transport and we look forward to collaborating with the West Midlands and other local authorities in delivering this.”

The agreement comes three months after TfL and the West Midlands signed a deal to share best practice on mobility and air quality work.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.