Our Transforming Cities programme includes ambitious plans to roll out a network of Local Mobility Hubs in and around Southampton. These are strategically placed locations which provide access to a range of alternative onwards travel options, allowing people to travel as seamlessly and sustainably as possible. Options include:
- Car and bike sharing
- Electric vehicle charging points and access to electric vehicles (including cars, vans, bikes and scooters)
- Connections to nearby public transport services
- 'Click & collect' services to support zero emission deliveries
(Image credit: CoMoUK. Image is indicative only and does not reflect the final scheme to be delivered in Woolston.)
We are now considering options to create a Local Mobility Hub in Woolston that would provide a range of sustainable transport options for travel between Woolston and Southampton city centre, as well as between nearby green spaces at Weston Shore and Royal Victoria Country Park.
To help us shape our plans, we recently ran a survey asking people who live, work and travel in the area for information on how they travel and what they might like to see from a Mobility Hub in Woolston.
This received a total of 1,202 responses, with 76% of respondents from the SO19 area. The key findings from this survey are as follows:
- 2 in 5 people drive <30 miles a week
- People travel into the city centre less often than before COVID-19, but 49% still visit at least once a week
- The biggest blocker to using a mobility hub would be an inconvenient location
- 59% of people believe a mobility hub will enhance the local environment (16% disagree)
- Location preferences are split, but only 11% of people prefer none of the proposed options
- Of the proposed mobility options, people are most likely to use hire bicycles and least likely to use cargo bike parking
- Green space and public seating would encourage the most people to use a mobility hub
- Of those who would use a mobility hub, almost ¾ would prefer to pay hourly
- More than ¾ of people want to see more EV charging pointson the network
We are now conducting parking and pedestrian surveys in the area and a feasibility study to help inform decisions on the location for, and design of, the mobility hub. We expect to be able to publish detailed designs in Summer/Autumn 2022, with construction commencing early 2023.