ADEPT Mobility Hubs
The ADEPT Live Labs SIMULATE programme is a new kind of innovation programme delivered by Staffordshire County Council (SCC) and Amey, designed to accelerate innovative solutions in air quality and intelligent mobility within local authorities . In addition SCC and Amey have been working closely on innovation through the pioneering deal called Infrastructure +. In 2019, Amey was instructed to conduct a Feasibility Study into the concept of mobility hubs and the application within urban and rural settings. The overarching aim was to align to the SIMULATE programme with a focus on an innovative transport solution in the form of a mobility hub. After the initial study, Amey was then commissioned to complete a second Feasibility Study identifying several locations and modal mix for one or several mobility hubs in Stafford. There is a large base of guidance and research on mobility hubs in the UK. While conducting the feasibility study Amey identified a gap in real word practical application of a data led methodology for identifying mobility hub locations. The feasibility studies provided the insight into the optimal location requirements from a demand, user and solution perspective to support modal shift.
Feasibility study One and Two set out to explore key insights into mobility hubs through the lens of a rural location. Understanding the opportunities mobility hubs present, the challenges faced with their development and implementation. We developed a practical approach to begin to select the types of services a mobility hub may want to offer and in which location.
Data is at the centre of the Amey mobility hub methodology. Key data sets are:
- People movement data
- Mosaic data
- Utilisation of new transport
Through our analysis and understanding of the requirements for mobility hubs we have developed a unique toolkit that can be applied by those interested in exploring mobility hubs in their area.
The key outcomes from the feasibility studies for SCC and SIMULATE were;
- Understanding of the requirements for infrastructure at and near the mobility hub location
- Understanding of the user types of a mobility hub
- Understanding of the transport demand required for a successful mobility hub
- Generation of a modal mix to drive modal shift
- Creation of a mobility hub toolkit
The feasibility studies provided several benefits to the ADEPT programme and the wider development of mobility hubs which are as follows:
- Developing insights into key learnings, challenges and objectives of mobility hubs
- Assessment tool developed used to understand different types of mobility hubs, key services and core requirements within each hub
- Stakeholder consultation within the county was conducted to gather feedback and understand the needs of a broad demographic of transport users
- Development of a methodology and location selection framework which can be utilised
- Toolkit developed based on critical success factors for mobility hub location selection