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The development of charging infrastructure is part of a wider transition to more sustainable transport modes. Chargepoint planning should not be carried out in isolation. As much as possible, consideration should be given to how this infrastructure can be linked to other forms of transport in the form of mobility hubs.

“Mobility hubs are highly visible, safe and accessible spaces where public, shared and active travel modes are co-located alongside improvements to public realm and where relevant enhanced community facilities can be found.” – CoMoUK

In this section of the guidance, we look at factors that influence how effectively different forms of transport can be integrated with electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Along with this, we explore how this transport integration can be managed, to cut down on private car use and increase the proportion of journeys carried out via active travel. We reference CoMoUK, as one of the country’s foremost experts on mobility hubs. We also consider the various transport modes that can feature as part of a mobility hub, the design and management of these hubs, and how they can be community operated. We look at how the roll out of Scotland’s low emission zones can help increase usage of mobility hubs. We also consider how Mobility as a Service (MaaS) can be used to facilitate greater ease of use of integrated transport systems, thereby driving their uptake.

Consideration is also given to how seasonality, geography, population density, and an area’s level of deprivation can influence a hub’s level of usage and optimal design, with a couple of mini case studies of Scottish mobility hubs included.

  • CoMoUK is the national charity that promotes the social, economic and environmental benefits of shared transport. They lead on the advocacy of integrated mobility solutions in the UK and have been involved in numerous projects across the country promoting transport sharing schemes. It is the charity for the public benefit of shared car, bike and e-scooter schemes as well as for other forms of shared rides, where those journeys may be taken in a private car, taxi or demand-responsive minibus.

    CoMoUK has worked with partners to create a set of standards for assessing new mobility hubs. The core of this work is six factors that should be considered for successful scheme design, available in the mobility hub guidance documents for download on the CoMoUK website.

    With permission, we have shared selected CoMoUK advice in parts of this section of the guidance. This is focused on CoMoUK’s Mobility hub delivery models published in October 2021. The full guidance document on this topic can be downloaded directly from the CoMoUK website.