New transport hubs – with bikes, cars, buses and rail links – could be coming to Glasgow

Local transit stations in New Glasgow where residents can rent a car, bike, electric scooter or take a bus or train could come to town.

Glasgow’s huge transport strategy, which was approved last week, said council will examine the potential for introducing mobility hubs to the city.

They aim to provide easy alternative travel choices for residents instead of jumping into their own car.

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Local community spaces could also provide access to taxis and electric vehicle charging stations and be connected to bike paths. Hiring an electric scooter is also a possibility if it becomes legal in Scotland with hire trials already underway in London.

What are mobility hubs?

Germany and Austria are home to mobility hubs, and West Lothian saw the first Scottish facility in the village of Calderwood.

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The council’s transport strategy policy framework stated: “Mobility hubs provide significant opportunities for modal shift in the city. They are defined as “highly visible, safe and accessible spaces where public, shared and active modes of travel are co-located alongside improvements to the public realm and, where appropriate, provide enhanced community facilities”.

He added: ‘They could be in a local community space and offer information on sustainable travel, access to bike hire and car clubs, access to a taxi rank and ideally provide links to a local public transport interchange point. They could even offer space to charge an electric vehicle, as well as a place to pick up a local parcel – and ideally the ability to access local community services and facilities as well as spend time browsing local businesses.

Government support

The Scottish Government has identified the idea as a strategic priority. Mobility hubs are seen as a way to encourage 20-minute neighborhoods where residents can meet their daily needs in their own neighborhood.

Glasgow is rolling out Liveable Neighborhood Plans in all suburbs with the aim of ensuring residents can get the services they need within 20 minutes by actively traveling or using public transport.

An action contained in the transport strategy says the council intends to ‘carry out a feasibility study into the potential for mobility hubs in Glasgow subject to external funding by the end of 2023’.

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