Scotland is set to introduce European-style mobility hubs that bring various forms of transport together in one place.

The model has been identified as a strategic priority in a report for the Scottish Government. Mobility hubs are particularly common in Germany and Austria and other countries on the continent as a way of ‘revitalising’ city centres.

Hubs bring together public transport stops for buses, trams and trains with bike share schemes, car clubs, e-scooters, electric vehicle charging points, bike racks and shared taxi rides, as well as community facilities such as cafés, fitness areas, green space, package collection points and wifi and phone charging – all with covered waiting areas, real-time journey planning information, walking areas and disabled access.

The hubs contribute to the goal of 20-minute neighbourhoods, which enable people to live, learn and meet their needs within a 20-minute walk of their home. But there is no ‘one-size fits all’ design and tailor-made solutions are needed for each location using experience from other countries. As a result, shared transport charity Collaborative Mobility UK (CoMoUK) will work with the Scottish Government on guidance and framework as part of the second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2).