Designing low carbon transport hubs

Feasibility studies for integrated Low Carbon Travel and Transport Hubs across Scotland


Urban Foresight was commissioned by five Scottish local authorities and the University of Strathclyde to design and develop schemes for innovative low carbon transport hubs across Scotland.

Urban Foresight secured six competitively awarded contracts as part of Transport Scotland’s £13.9 million Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund. This saw Urban Foresight provide technical and commercial support for the following projects:

  • Dundee City Council: a landmark green transport and active travel hub at the heart of Dundee’s £1 billion waterfront development;
  • Aberdeen City Council: an EV charging and hydrogen filling station at a new £207 million conference centre in Aberdeen and infrastructure for electric buses;
  • Perth and Kinross Council: Scotland’s first ‘Ultra-Rapid’ charger, hydrogen refuelling station, battery storage system, and renewables at Perth and Kinross Council park and ride sites;
  • University of Strathclyde: Active travel and cycle routes around the University;
  • Angus Council: EV charging at a business park in Angus
  • HITRANS: EVs and cycling in Inverness.

Each study considered specific needs of the projects and encompassed: site identifcation; scheme design; infrastructure specifications; community engagement to determine local needs and opportunities; demand forecasts; operating models; and, wider links to existing travel and transport infrastructure.

Upon completion of Urban Foresight’s work, Dundee and Perth went on to bid for, and successfully received funding totaling £1.6 million to deliver their projects in June 2017.

What We Delivered

Defining commercial opportunities and the underlying economic impacts of a project

Advice on funding, procurement and capital structuring that is underpinned by the necessary regulatory framework and governance structures

We help public and private sector bidders to prepare and price winning bids

We are expert at running workshops and focus groups, using a variety of tools and techniques to combine and share information from large and small groups

Defining the key features, structure, criteria for success, and major deliverables of a new project or programme

We provide practical guidance and define the resources, roles and outcomes required to implement innovation projects

We write award winning reports that are concise, logical and engaging

Sector Expertise

We have globally recognised expertise in the policies, infrastructure, business models and investments required to support widespread adoption of electric vehicles

Infrastructure, distribution, storage and costs associated with hydrogen solutions

Policies, incentives and infrastructure to promote cycling and active travel

Understanding the implications of public policy and developing recommendations to support policy and legislative change

Maximising the opportunities for employment and wealth creation and helping to establish the necessary governance, policy and capital funding to make this possible

We understand the connections between systems and how technology can facilitate more efficient and effective urban infrastructure and services

Expertise in planning, designing and overseeing construction of buildings and infrastructure