Arup unveils vision for 'future mobility hubs' to connect fragmented transport systems – New Civil Engineer

22 Sep, 2021 By
Arup has unveiled its vision for future mobility hubs designed to connect fragment transport systems, encourage commuters to use public transport and be more accessible for everyone.
Created in partnership with the Go Ahead Group, Arup’s Future Mobility Hubs blueprint sets out the design principles and core components to integrate transport and community systems.
The report describes future mobility hubs as “a network of structures which cluster together a full suite of complementary transport modes allowing people to switch easily between one mode and another”.
It adds: “Different operators collaborate to offer services such as integrated information, payment platforms and passenger facilities. They empower people to plan and choose the most suitable modes to complete their journeys in a convenient, efficient, sustainable and cost-effective way.
“Future Mobility Hubs will develop around existing transport nodes, such as bus stops, railway stations and car sharing hubs, expanding their reach through improving the provision of active travel.”
Key design principles outlined in the report include:
The report adds: “Future Mobility Hubs […] use a kit-of-parts system that is designed to be adaptable to spatial constraints and mobility requirements.
“Additional services can be plugged-in to complement the core functions.”
The “parts” described can be anything from placing cycling storage next to a bus stop or installing community gardens or playground near to mobility hubs.
The report outlines a three phase approach to building the complete mobility hub.
Phase 1: Core Mobility Modules
Phase 2: Expansion of Mobility
such as pocket parks or playgrounds.
Phase 3: Completed Hub
The report concludes: “There isn’t a one-size fits all approach that will work for every context. Future Mobility Hubs will need to be flexible in responding to a broad variety of local user needs, locations and demographics.
“They will also need to offer a range of delivery and business models which are tailored to meet the specific governance and operational requirements of different local and regional authorities.”
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