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Camden to join London e-scooter trials from October

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Camden Council has agreed to join the London e-scooter trials following a public consultation, with the borough expected to join in October.

The move into Camden will be the third expansion since the trial launched in June, with Westminster the most recent borough to come on board earlier this month.

The trial also covers Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Richmond, Tower Hamlets, Canary Wharf, City of London, Lambeth and Southwark.

The council undertook a consultation between 21 June to 12 July in order to gain an understanding of the perspectives held by the public and key stakeholders on the proposals, before agreeing to join.

Shared e-scooters operated by TIER, Lime and Dott will be available for hire across the entire borough, with users required to park the vehicles within a designated bay once they a finished using them.

Camden Council will work with TfL, the police and the operators throughout the trial, with a view towards providing training going forward.

“We want our streets to have more space for everyone to walk and cycle, for you to be breathing cleaner air, for children to get to and from school safely and for businesses to be able to flourish,” said Councillor Adam Harrison, Cabinet member for a Sustainable Camden.

“Rental e-scooters could be one solution, providing an alternative mode of transport that is emission free, potentially reducing the number of motor vehicles on our streets and easing pressures on the transport network, which is why we undertook an extensive consultation to hear the views from as many people as possible.”

Following the news, TIER Regional General Manager for Northern Europe Fred Jones told Zag that the addition of Camden provided “improved connectivity” for the London scheme more broadly.

“Camden’s decision to join London’s rental e-scooter trial is great news for the capital and for Londoners, who will soon have even better, greener access to some of the capital’s most popular spots, from the British Museum to Hampstead Heath,” he said.

“The addition of Camden also means improved connectivity for the e-scooter scheme more broadly, while giving Camden’s many residents a new way of getting from A to B which is cheap, convenient and environmentally friendly. We look forward to deploying TIER e-scooters in the Borough shortly.”

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