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.
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.