Right now, disabled people make 38% fewer journeys than non-disabled people – a figure that hasn’t changed in the last decade. This “transport accessibility gap” tells us that there is much more that transport providers need to do to make sure that disabled people can travel across road, rail and air like non-disabled people.
Motability is launching an Evidence Centre for inclusive transport with the aim of closing the transport accessibility gap. We believe that the scale of research, innovation and collaboration needed requires significant investment. We will fund the Evidence Centre with £20 million over seven years, and will appoint a consortium of disability, transport and research experts to run the centre.
What the Evidence Centre will do
The Evidence Centre will work with disabled people, disabled people’s organisations, transport providers and policy makers to develop solutions which will make transport accessible for everyone. It will:
- Transform the sector’s understanding of disabled peoples’ experiences of transport problems, highlighting issues and opportunities to better serve the inclusive transport market
- Take the opportunity of emerging technology advances in transport and low carbon ambitions to ensure the ‘revolution in mobility’ improves the accessibility and reliability of transport for disabled people
- Convene disabled people and decision makers to drive systems level change, helping realise our vision that no disabled person is disadvantaged due to poor access to transport.
The Evidence centre will be run by a consortium of partners, independent of Motability. The partners will be chosen following a public competition process which will encourage different organisations with different expertise to work together.
Disabled people make an average of 38 per cent fewer trips than non-disabled people. There has been no reduction in this gap over the past decade. Our analysis shows that completely closing the transport accessibility gap for disabled people in the UK would deliver benefits in the region of £72.4 billion per annum. The results of this analysis can be found here.
The UK is working towards Net Zero carbon emissions which will see more people making journeys through public transport and active travel. With new technology supporting this change in how we travel, now is the time to make sure that all modes of transport are accessible for everyone.
The competition to run the Evidence Centre will run throughout the spring and summer of 2022, and the centre will launch in early 2023. The key dates in the competition process are:
- 4 March 2022: Soft public launch, with a 2-week period to ask questions and initially engage
- 18 March 2022: Expressions of Interest (EOI) stage officially launches, with market engagement and support throughout
- 27 May 2022:EOI stage closes, due diligence and evaluation commences. Responses to EOI Invitation to be submitted to Motability by 5pm
- 1 July 2022 approx: Successful and unsuccessful EOI applicants notified – successful applicants invited for interview
- 1 July 2022 approx: Second and final stage application packs issued to consortia successful at EOI stage
- 12 August 2022 approx: Indicative deadline for submission of Second (Application) Stage bids
- September 2022 (TBC): Appointment of the successful consortium and notification to unsuccessful consortia
FAQs about the competition process to run the Evidence Centre can be found here. We encourage you to read the FAQs before contacting our Innovation Team.
The first stage of the competition to run the Evidence Centre has now closed. Keep visiting this page for updates, or get in touch with our innovation team if you’d like to know more about how you can get involved with the Evidence Centre when it launches next year.