Jun 14

The Solent Future Transport Zone Research Programme

The CDT Sustainable Infrastructure for Cities seminar on 10.06.2021.

The Solent Future Transport Zone Research Programme.

Presented by Professor John Preston

Transportation Group, University of Southampton

Professor John Preston’s current work at Southampton includes leadership of the Solent Future Transport Zone project and of the University’s contribution to the Centre for Sustainable Travel Choices. He is also providing transport expertise to the EPSRC Achilles,  Decarbonising Transport through ElectrificationTrack to the Future and MISTRAL projects. He also leads the Faculty’s Centre of Excellence of Re-engineering for Electric Mobility (RE4EM).  He previously led the iConnect consortium that undertook an evaluation of engineering interventions to promote walking and cycling, the OCCASION and DITTO projects on rail operations and contributed to the Track21 and Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium Programme Grants.

Presentation slides




Can transport be more sustainable?

Solent Transport Mobility as a Service (MaaS)

Overall Aim: to identify Mobility as a Service (MaaS) design requirements that may encourage behaviour change in terms of reduced private car use and increased active travel for the target population of Future Transport Zone users.

• to produce design concepts & product specification inputs;
• to identify and address needs of an inclusive range of user groups;
• to measure usability and acceptance of MaaS App users in order to generate design amendments

  • A partnership between Solent Transport, Universities,
    existing and new transport operators and tech providers
  • Responding to challenges of congestion, car dependence
    and splintered public transport networks across the Solent
  • Creating an integrated and customer-centric travel tool to
    plan, book, pay for and travel across the region
  • Enabling customers to make more journeys sustainably by
    harnessing smart technology and data integration

Voi e-Scooters

The launch is part of a 12-month trial funded by the Department for Transport (DfT), which began on the Isle of Wight in November 2020. The trial is being led by Solent Transport, a partnership body that includes Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council, as well as Voi. We are currently collaborating with the councils to confirm parking and riding zones, and we will share further details once we get closer to the launch date. Voi Blog March 2021