The impending consequences of climate change are increasingly leading to rethinking current processes and procedures. Cities or even entire countries are trying to sustainably reduce their ecological footprint, new technologies are helping to a large extent. This is also how it should happen in Edinburgh. There the local city administration has decided to make local public transport climate-neutral.
For this purpose, during a campaign in the year 2018 collected many ideas. These included the improvement of the public transport offer, the expansion of bike and footpaths and the development of a sufficient charging infrastructure to make the use of electric vehicles more attractive. Some of the improvements are now implemented
These include the expansion of trams and rapid transit trains, the improvement of bus Routes and the establishment of a central point for monitoring traffic. So-called mobility hubs are also to be introduced. At these stations, an efficient change from means of transport A (e.g. car sharing vehicles) to means of transport B (e.g. eScooter) can take place.
The planned measures should be implemented step by step, and the benefits for the residents and commuters are screened. If an idea is not so well received, alternatives could quickly be considered and implemented.
Behind this is also the £ 1 million strategy of the National Transport Authority of Scotland. Here, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) services are to be promoted and implemented throughout the country. Better customer focus is also in the foreground, travelers should be informed as quickly as possible about disruptions and be guided to alternative routes. So it will be exciting to see what amenities Scottish citizens will experience in the future.
Scotland shows what the general direction should be. Where possible, customers should switch to local public transport; in remote locations, e-mobility could be an interesting alternative for many residents. Either way, the feedback gained from the project can certainly also be used in this country. Because especially when it comes to mobility, the wheel doesn’t have to be reinvented every time.
via Cities Today