Tyre tracksWhat we want to achieve

To reduce emissions from road transport and meet our air quality objectives. Digital connectivity has a vital role to play in achieving that goal, so we want to encourage digital transformation, nurture innovation, and ensure accessibility.

How we will do this

We have set out a range of actions for how Medway can respond to the climate emergency. These range from actions that the council will take to lead by example, to those that will support the community to take action.

Some of the key actions are highlighted below.

 

Complete a study to better understand the demand for electric vehicle (EV) charging points in Medway and publish an Ultra-Low Electric Vehicle strategy and delivery plan.

 

Facilitate the installation of electric vehicle charging point infrastructure on council owned land and public highway to align with current and future demand, parking arrangements and budgets.

 

Continue to deliver bus infrastructure improvements and explore opportunities to enable the use of ultra-low electric vehicles on bus routes in Medway.

 

Support our communities to use sustainable forms of transport and take part in active travel, by providing effective infrastructure.

Find out about active travel.

 

Continue to make as many of our services available online, to reduce printing and the need for travel.

To achieve this, we will:

  • make it easy to apply for bus passes and parking permits online
  • have services go paperless
  • provide virtual road safety training sessions.

 

Deal with congestion hotspots by using variable message signs to let people know in advance of road closures and alternative routes, traffic signal infrastructure and programming upgrades and smart cities initiatives.

Smart cities use connected technology to improve the efficiency of the city. For example, the installation of full fibre connectivity, which makes internet speeds much faster and more reliable.

 

Carry out studies to understand barriers and opportunities for the electrification of taxis and private hire vehicles.

 

Introduce smart parking solutions to reduce the use of paper tickets and remove the requirement for cash collection and parking enforcement.

Read all the actions

To read all the actions in our plan:

Progress

In 2020, we were awarded funding by the Department for Transport to deliver short-term active travel infrastructure improvements that promote safe walking and cycling. This included improved cycle infrastructure in Chatham and enhancements to over 10k of Public Rights of Way across Medway. A second tranche of Active Travel Funding will deliver permanent improvements to Medway’s walking and cycling network by the summer of 2022.

We have been developing an Ultra-Low Electric Vehicle Strategy that will support the expansion of charging infrastructure in Medway to meet the growing demand. The strategy will consider multiple EV uptake scenarios to 2040 and 2050, zonal mapping and criteria for on-street charging facilities and provide an outline implementation plan.

A pool of 6 electric vehicles has been made available to social workers in Medway on a 12-month trial.

We will be piloting an innovative road defect monitoring solution, combining both computer vision (video) and telematics (detecting movement of the vehicle) sensors attached to a fleet of vehicles, to collect data on pavement condition/defects on a continuous basis. The project aims to increase network coverage and capture emerging defects in real-time.

Medway has started to build the digital foundations to achieve our smart city ambitions. CityFibre have just begun work on a full fibre network, which will reach over 90,000 residences by 2024. The company are investing to replace ageing copper-based networks with gigabit-capable full fibre connectivity. CityFibre are working in close partnership with us to maximise the benefits of the project, utilising modern building techniques to deploy the network quickly and minimise disruption to residents. Read more about our work with CityFibre.

More than 30 electric vehicle charging points will be installed across Medway, funded by a grant of £85,420 from the Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles (OZEV).