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Welcome to the Future Transport Forum 2025

The transport sector is on the cusp of significant change, driven by the need to decarbonise, level up access to mobility services, optimise the use of public streets and spaces and make transport networks more efficient.
 
The way we travel is also changing. Technology and innovation are blurring the distinctions between different types of vehicles and services, and increasing automation is providing new opportunities and challenges.
 
The Future Transport Forum 2025 will showcase the solutions that are being piloted across the UK's Future Transport Zones – and beyond.

About the Future Transport Zones

In 2020 the Government launched its Future of Transport regulatory review, a consultation to make journeys easier, smarter and greener; described as “the biggest shake-up of laws in a generation”.

Alongside the review, a £90 million funding boost was launched to trial new transport innovations through four Future Transport Zones (FTZs). These provide valuable real-world testing for experts, allowing them to work with a range of local bodies such as councils, hospitals, airports and universities to test innovative ways to transport people and goods. Future Transport Zones are underpinned by a set of core principles, viewable here.

Find out the latest from the Solent Future Transport Zone:

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Breeze transport and travel super app

The rate at which Breeze, the UK’s first multi-city MaaS app has been delivered is significant. Developed for the Solent area, it is a revolutionary new way to plan, book and pay for your journeys across all transport types. This includes buses, trains, ferries, e-scooters, Beryl Bikes by Breeze and Enterprise Car Club. Breeze has gone from strength to strength over the last year and has seen a massive growth in users, now with more than 20,000 downloads, and recently achieving a Highly Commended Transport Ticketing Global award in the category of ‘Best MaaS Initiative’ and a Silver Award at the Public Sector Transformation Awards in the category of 'Best Use of Digital Technology and Data Insight’.

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Micromobility schemes

The trials have provided a valuable insight into how to achieve a micromobility scheme that is both effective and can deliver a commercially viable model. In preparation for the further e-scooter trial extension to 31 May 2026, Solent Transport is looking to secure a single micromobility operator from Summer 2024. A key objective for the new single operator will be to create a financially sustainable scheme which can continue to operate beyond the FTZ programme.

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Beryl Bikes by Breeze 

A key integration in Breeze, Beryl Bikes by Breeze, has had a positive impact on influencing sustainable travel habits, reducing congestion and improving air quality. The Solent Transport scheme generated over 72,000 journeys across nearly 186,000 km in its first year - more than four and a half trips around the Earth. Over the last 12 months, the scheme has continued to expand and now offers more than 800 bikes and e-bikes to hire in more than 250 locations across Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight. 

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Dynamic Demand Responsive Transport (DDRT)

DDRT is a flexible method of public transport that involves picking people up and dropping them off on demand, usually in areas where commercial passenger transport services may not be viable. Solent Transport is piloting DDRT with two community transport operators in Southampton and on the Isle of Wight, before further rolling out the technology to services in Portsmouth and parts of Hampshire later in 2024. It is also exploring how DDRT functionality can be integrated into the Breeze app.

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E-scooter trials

The Solent FTZ e-scooter trial has been highly successful, ranking as the fifth largest and most widely used in the country. Three trials of rental e-scooters are running successfully in Southampton, Portsmouth and on the Isle of Wight, with over 1,900 e-scooters available to hire. The trial to date has been well received and continues to grow, with over 170,000 registered users taking over 2.8 million rides, covering 6.4 million kms. A robust approach to parking site selection, together with incentives for appropriate parking, has enabled the Solent scheme to generate some of the highest levels of parking compliance. 

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Mobility Credits

The Mobility Credits project is one of the largest trials in the UK looking at the impact monthly mobility credits have on access to work, education and essential services. Findings from the 760 participants in the trial from the baseline survey show that 84% do not have access to a vehicle and 89% of participants identify as female, a usually hard-to-reach audience for transport and mobility trials. The project was fully rolled out in February 2024 and early findings will be shared at the Conference.

Why Solent?

A bright future for the Solent

The Solent Future Transport Zone has been awarded £28.8m from the DfT to run numerous tests and trials of innovative solutions around personal mobility and freight across the Solent area. It encompasses South Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, including Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester. 

"In the last year, the Solent Future Transport Zone has made remarkable steps forward in turning Future Transport from a concept to a reality - we have some exciting findings and have identified new challenges that the industry will face. The Solent area remains at the forefront of transformative travel solutions as we continue to deliver improvements in connectivity, trial sustainable initiatives and address the evolving needs of our area"

Conrad Haigh

Conrad Haigh

Solent Transport Manager

The four-year programme aims to address local challenges such as high levels of car usage and the environmental impacts of freight movement within the Solent’s urban areas. It will do this by delivering a series of complementary projects within two key themes: personal mobility and sustainable urban logistics. The FTZ works closely with bus, train, ferry and hovercraft companies, ensuring the whole region, residents and visitors will benefit from its trials and innovation.

 

As the trials take place, the team are conducting cutting-edge research, capturing vital data and collating feedback to understand how these innovations are improving transport options and the way people travel. The Solent FTZ programme is funded until June 2025.

Future Transport Forum 2025

Novotel Southampton
1 W Quay Road, SO15 1RA

Organised by:

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Supported by:

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Steer
Transport Technology Forum

Hosted by:

Solent Transport: A Partnership

Future Transport Zones in England are funded by the Department for Transport

Personal mobility - innovation in action

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