UMP features in new Grimsey Review supplement on the high-street post Covid-19

UMP features in new Grimsey Review supplement on the high-street post Covid-19

The Urban Mobility Partnership has, this week, been featured in and contributed to the Grimsey Review into how the UK’s towns and cities, can thrive post COVID-19 and rediscover their purpose. We have long heard of the demise of high streets and town centres and UMP has been looking at how transport effects the high streets, and how the policy decisions made have unintended consequences for our high streets. The COVID-19 crisis has undoubtedly heightened concerns about the future of the high streets and expedited the need for a change in thinking.

UMP was pleased to be approached by the Grimsey Review to discuss some of our proposals for the transport sector that we believe can help drive investment and people to our high streets and town centres. Whilst we acknowledge that there are many aspects to the future of the high street and many things that must be tackled to ensure we have vibrant town centres, we are clear that the long-term success of UK town and city centres, both economically, socially and environmentally will only be secured with more sustainable transport solutions

We were therefore delighted to see transport recommendations made in the review particularly two that have long been advocated for by the Urban Mobility Partnership. The first being the introduction of mobility hubs that would offer a range of mobility options within a single location. They not only help to provide connected access to a range of sustainable modes of transport alongside public transport, but can also help the shift away from the private car by redesigning parking areas and public spaces. Hubs also can combine sustainable travel with leisure and retail businesses, with space being designated depending on the needs of the particular area.

The second being the incentivisation to give up cars through mobility credits – such a scheme targets reducing the number of cars on the road, particularly older more polluting vehicles, by offering a credits based incentive scheme for the use on all local transport options. The credits can target certain areas, particular socio-economic groups, new developments and corporate travel, and can also support the use of a local Mobility-as-a-Service system, a technological innovation with the possibility to transform the way people move. There is also the option to combine mobility credits with a scrappage scheme and to mitigate any impacts of clean air zone restrictions on more vulnerable consumers or businesses. Such a scheme is already to be trialled in Coventry, and other towns in the UK and is part of the Government’s Future Transport Zones guidance.

At the fundamental core of UMP is the need to transform mobility through collaboration and our partners were delighted to be able to work with the authors on this review. UMP as a coalition wants to help secure the future of our hight streets and is working with stakeholders across the country to implement transport solutions that can change the way people move around our urban centres.