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CoMoUK publishes guidance for community organisations considering introducing a mobility hub

Mark Dowey, Senior Development Officer – Built Environment Scotland at CoMoUK, an SFHA associate, discusses new guidance documents it has produced to help those who are considering introducing a mobility hub. 

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Last month’s CoMoUK blog for SFHA described what a mobility hub is and the gains that can be made from implementing one. The article also gave an overview of how they fit in with current transport policy and looked at some examples of their successful implementation.

CoMoUK has now published two new guidance documents to help planners, developers and community organisations who are considering introducing a mobility hub. The ‘Mobility Hub Toolkit’ takes users through the different steps involved in creating a hub from conception to implementation, while ‘Delivery Models for Mobility Hubs’ looks at the different ways of delivering a viable mobility hub, covering topics such as funding, procurement and management.

The toolkit is designed to be used alongside the existing ‘Mobility Hubs Guidance’ document, previously produced by CoMoUK, (see https://como.org.uk/shared-mobility/mobility-hubs/what/), and bring together different aspects of mobility hub implementation in an easy-to-use document. It can also be used by those familiar with the concept but seeking specific advice on delivery areas – the guide is split into easily navigable topics for this purpose, including sections on feasibility and viability, business models, and community engagement. There are also links to further reading and broader policy information.

The guide on delivery models expands on the financial aspects of the toolkit to outline the options for funding, procurement, and management of a hub, using worked examples. There are sections covering the leadership of hubs and collaboration between partners, moving through funding sources and management of risks to guidance on making hubs financially sustainable. The guide also covers different approaches to specification and procurement of mobility hubs, outlining four indicative delivery models.

As transport policy continues to seek a shift away from the dominance of the private car, the appeal of mobility hubs – a combination of public, shared, and active travel modes alongside good quality public realm and community facilities – will hopefully become more widespread. One of CoMoUK’s roles is to support delivery of mobility hubs in Scotland, and we are happy to assist anyone considering promoting one in their area.

Please contact me at mark@como.org.uk for details or if you have feedback on the toolkit and guide.

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