Nottingham City Council has been successful in bidding for the grant funding from the Department for Transport (DfT), and it will now be invested in joint projects with Derby to improve connectivity and further encourage use of public transport. The grant of £16.7m will be used to trial new technology and keep Nottingham at the forefront of innovative travel.

The area’s longstanding reputation for delivery of innovative, integrated transport schemes was seen as key to the success of the Nottingham and Derby bid.

It was focused on three key areas:

Neighbourhoods for the future: Creating e-mobility hubs within neighbourhoods to encourage the take-up of alternative travel methods and offer electric car club hire, electric bike and scooter sharing, vehicle charging points, digital information screens, and real-time public transport information.

Mobility as a Service: The creation of an app which will allow users to plan for, book and pay for trips on public transport, plus bike hire, car share, taxi journeys, car parking, and vehicle charging. That platform will also allow discounts and bundles to reward and incentivise trips.

Data platform: this will pool various transport data sources owned and collected by the Council into a single place. It will be used to provide a complete picture across the network to improve the efficiency of the traffic control centre and keep commuters informed of the latest information.