Musselburgh to be the pilot area for a new multi-hub of sustainable transport options
A proposal to establish a trial of a ‘multi-hub’ at the Brunton, Musselburgh as the first in a potential network of interlinked transport interchanges located across East Lothian was approved at today’s (Tuesday 10 November) Cabinet meeting.
The introduction of ‘multi-hubs’ will provide alternatives to private car use in local communitiesEnvironment spokesperon, Cllr Norman Hampshire
The pilot project will look at the viability of transport multi-hubs which are designed to encourage the use of active and sustainable transport as an alternative to the private car.
Environment spokesperson, Cllr Norman Hampshire, said: “The overall concept is for a network of multi-modal transport interchanges (multi-hubs) linked by regular bus and/or train services which will be connected by attractive paths for cycling and walking and supported by other transport facilities, such as car clubs, bike hire and car charging, to make travel options convenient, reliable and affordable.”
“The introduction of ‘multi-hubs’ will provide alternatives to private car use in local communities and making it easier to combine a range of sustainable travel options to plan journeys. The council will work with public transport service providers to introduce journey planning apps including the provision of real-time bus information. If there is a period of waiting for a connection the multi-hub facilities will include a seating area and wi-fi to ease the wait.”
“The multi-hubs are innovative introductions that are being planned to include future sustainable options including eBike hire and charge points and future accommodation of electric buses and reflect the views of many local communities to provide viable options to private car usage.”
“Preparatory work will begin on establishing the pilot project at The Brunton in Musselburgh this year but it’s acknowledged that current travel restrictions, including guidance around minimising the use of public transport, during the pandemic will delay the implementation of the new hub. Discussions have already started with SEStrans and Paths for All regarding funding opportunities.”