Drone deliveries and seamless end-to-end journey routing may join UK’s rural cities and communities

  • call for evidence established to find ways to promote rural mobility connectivity
  • ideas are sought in ways in which 21st-century transportation – from e-bikes to drones – can be used to get people and packages from a variety of locations to a convenient location.
  • Establishment takes place simultaneously and disseminates government responses to future evaluations of the mechanism for summoning evidence

Drone shipping and digital maps for easy access and cycling can become a reality for rural people in the UK, following the adoption of a call for evidence to help shape the future of the Government of Transport: rural approaches.

The Future of Transport: A rural approach – a call for evidence, launched today (24 November 2020) by Transport Minister Rachel Maclean, sees how the benefits of new transportation can be enjoyed by everyone, including those living and working in rural areas.

Speaking at the Financial Times’ Future of Mobility conference, the ministry challenged business and travel groups to help change travel in UK towns, cities and hard-to-reach areas, so that people can find work, education or medical care.

Calling for evidence will explore how to bring services and communities into the 21st century by improving the reliability of the movement and communication in people’s lives on a daily basis.

Transport Minister Rachel Maclean said:

This call to witness will give us a unique opportunity to use the spirit of the rural community to understand how transportation can benefit people and communities that are most needed.

Now more than ever, it is important that we use the energy of travel to restore greenery, and change the way people and goods move around the UK.

The distance between a person’s home and the surrounding area is usually about five miles in the countryside, making it a barrier to access to government transportation and services. Calling for evidence looks at how connecting different digital platforms together can make people feel secure, allow them to plan, save money and pay for all travel in one place, as well as connect multiple routes.

Calling for evidence will also highlight how the popularity of e-bicycles, combined with digital design technology and software, can promote faster mobility in rural areas. This, along with better cycling and cycling techniques, can help open up routes that may otherwise be unknown.

Opportunities for drones to deliver in rural or remote towns are also being explored. Particularly tailored to long distances in rural areas, sending drones can reduce delivery time and help reduce pollution, allowing rural areas to become a low-carbon delivery system.

Evidence will also be needed on how micromobility – such as e-cargo bikes – can be integrated with rural transport systems, helping to drive rural economic transformation and making home businesses more accessible to markets.

The potential for public and private transportation work in the regions is also underway, and small electric aircraft can move goods and people more efficiently, especially in the region.

Today’s announcement comes as the Operations Department Publishes its responses to a future review of traffic, which aims to develop remedial measures that can meet the needs of transportation users and developers.

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