CONCERNS that Scots will become more reliant on their cars post-lockdown has added impetus to plans to introduce European-style mini-transport hubs that combine public transport with bike and car sharing in one place.
Social distancing has meant many people now working from home rather than in an office – but that has impacted businesses in town and city centres and has meant Scots have become more used to just using their cars.
Now there are plans for new hubs, which are particularly common in Germany and Austria which are seen as a way to revitalise the high street, improve use of public transport and provide a greener environment.
The idea has been backed in a consultants’ review of projects for Transport Scotland, which says it has the potential to cut private car dependency and increase the use of greener modes of travel, as the nation emerges from lockdown.
The review warned that there was a “risk” that the pandemic will result in a long-term shift to…