26th June 2017
Funding Success for Low Carbon Transport Hubs
Urban Foresight feasibility studies help to secure £1.6m for innovative low carbon transport hubs in Dundee and Perth.
A total of £3.25m was awarded to five projects for innovative hubs which support the shift towards active or low carbon modes of travel and transportation. The funding is from Transport Scotland’s Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund which has been allocated £13.9m from the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 programme to increase low-carbon transport and travel in Scotland.
Urban Foresight produced feasibility studies for Dundee City Council and Perth & Kinross Council, designing and developing innovative schemes that addressed the specific needs of each authority area. This encompassed site identification, scheme design and technical specifications of the hubs, as well as community engagement, demand forecasts, operating models, and wider links to existing travel and transport infrastructure.
Dundee City Council, which secured £800,000 will locate a landmark green transport and active travel hub at Waterfront Place, a civic space at the heart of its current £1bn regeneration programme. Located at the confluence of local and regional cycling and walking routes and adjacent to the new V&A museum, it will act as key node for active modes and be ideally placed to promote the use of low carbon technologies to residents and visitors. Bike hire, bike storage, community outreach activities and sustainable travel promotion will feature. Funding will also support an improved route for cyclists and pedestrians through Dundee Port, creating a more attractive link between the city centre and Broughty Ferry.
Perth & Kinross Council secured £800,000 for the creation of a low carbon transport hub at Broxden Park and Ride, a key strategic site which will provide refuelling facilities for a range of alternative fuels and transport modes. The aim of the project is to provide sustainable travel options to local residents, businesses and visitors to the region. Hydrogen refuelling, an ultra-rapid electric vehicle charger and solar photovoltaic canopy with integrated battery storage system will be included in the development. Secure bike storage facilities and an information kiosk for public transport will also help to encourage active travel in and around the city.
Urban Foresight’s David Beeton said: “These projects exemplify the leading role that Scotland is taking in deploying innovative infrastructure for low carbon transport and it is fantastic to see our hard work paying off with these funding successes. It has been a pleasure to work with organisations committed to delivery of sustainable projects in Scotland and to support ambitions to deliver projects that will increase accessibility to low carbon transport and active modes.”
Full details of the Challenge Fund Awards can be found here.
Banner image credit: Dundee Central Waterfront design, insider.co.uk