West Midlands to trial e-scooters from end of the summer

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and Birmingham City Council are leading on the development of e-scooter rental trial in the West Midlands.

In partnership with the other six West Midlands local authorities, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton, as well as Warwickshire, the trial follows recent Department of Transport legislation to accelerate the deployment of e-scooter trials across the UK.

In the West Midlands, the appointment of an e-scooter operator is expected in August, with the roll-out of a twelve-month trial expected by the end of August. According to the local authorities involved, some 30 potential operators have shown an initial interest in running the trial scheme.

The trials will take place in dedicated zones in each local authority, which have been selected carefully to be manageable in size, covering areas where existing on-highway infrastructure is in place to safely accommodate e-scooter use.

Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council and WMCA Portfolio Lead for Transport, said: “Public transport capacity will be reduced for some time after Covid-19, as social distancing requirements continue to apply. We need to be bold in finding low-carbon alternatives that help our citizens move around more easily. I’m looking forward to rolling out the trial in Birmingham and across the region. It will provide an evidence base to inform the development of a longer-term policy approach to e-scooters and allow us to build a localised response for Birmingham’s particular needs.”