Focus of work

The objectives are to:

  • Provide a conceptual framework for thinking about and developing strategies for decarbonising transport in UK suburbs;
  • Profile best practice on the decarbonisation of suburbs to examine the efficacy (by theme) of emerging strategies and interventions;
  • Provide practical examples of transferrable good practice;
  • Stimulate more cross-sectoral discourse between thinkers and practitioners on suburbs across the transport, housing, climate resilience and energy sectors.

The research will place transport challenges in the wider context of decarbonising suburbs (including decarbonising the built environment and energy) and improving their climate resilience.

The report will draw on best practice – principally drawn from the UK, Nordic countries, Germany and the Netherlands including:

  • Experience from scaling up suburban Mobilty Hubs in Germany;
  • Mitigating the environmental impacts from the land mass covered by concrete and tarmac for cars;
  • The role of flexible bus services;
  • The potential of light electric vehicles (including e-bikes and e-scooters);
  • Experience from at scale car clubs in places like Switzerland.


The aim is to:

  • Accelerate the process by which more attention is given to decarbonising transport in suburbs within the wider transport debate
  • Inspire and directly influence local transport policy and delivery on suburban transport.

The paper will be designed to provide both a conceptual frame, and practical examples and ideas, for those looking at how best to decarbonise transport in the suburbs. It will therefore be useful to local authority and local transport authority officers and politicians; NGOs and think tanks working in this space; the public and social housing sector; researchers and academics; as well as national policy makers.

There is also read across to Jonathan’s involvement (as a visiting senior research fellow) in Leeds University ITS’s INFUZE project (a five year, multi-million pound programme based on testing out ways of reducing car dependency in suburbs).

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