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For much of the last century the focus on transport and the city centre has been on infrastructure development that enables as many people to move as quickly and efficiently as possible into and out of the urban core. Such mass mobility has been applied to all modes. The application of the notion of sustainable mobility is helping to reduce carbon emissions but is still not sufficient to meet internationally set targets. A new approach is needed - one that changes the nature of mobility, that focusses on accessibility, and one more tailored rather than mass. For this to happen, our relationship with transport modes has to shift - and the city centre has to be redesigned to reflect such transformations. 

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Find out more about research into how transport and mobility has to change to respond to societal and environmental challenges, and how in turn this will impact on the city centre.  Click on titles for access.

Holden, Banister, Gossling, Gilpin & Linnerud (2020) Energy Research & Social Science, 65, 101454

This paper develops three Grand Narratives that bring together the key elements identified from the wider set of narratives—low mobility societies, collective transport 2.0, and electromobility.  We conclude that each of the Grand Narratives provides a necessary but insufficient condition for achieving sustainable mobility. 

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