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DfT sets up transport innovation fund

Cambridge autonomous metro with cyclists 3 to 2

Firms could receive up to £90M from the Department for Transport (DfT) for ideas on how to improve transport infrastructure in UK cities and towns.

The DfT Future Mobility Zones Fund has been set up to find transport innovations that can be rolled out across the country.

The DfT is seeking a range of ideas including ways to bring in smoother pavement systems and how to roll out new forms of transport such as autonomous vehicles.

Future of mobility minister Jesse Norman said: “We are at a potentially pivotal moment for the future of transport, with revolutionary technologies creating huge opportunities for cleaner, cheaper, safer and more reliable journeys.

“Through this strategy the government aims to take advantage of these innovations; connecting more people and bringing big benefits we hope for both the economy and the environment.”

WSP executive director and UK head of transport Rachel Skinner added: “The concept of focusing on a specific zone is one that we have advocated over the past few years and allows forward thinking local authorities such as Birmingham to give people a high quality transport solution at their front door.”

The fund has been launched in conjuction with the government’s “Future of Mobility: Urban Strategy” review.

The review seeks to explore regulations for new types of vehicles such as e-scooters and e-cargo bike trailers, how sharing data can improve services by reducing congestion and how journey planning and payment can be simplified.

In its Future of Mobility: Urban Strategy review, the DfT also committed to launching a £400M charging infrastructure investment fund for zero emission vehicles by the end of the year.

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