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London e-scooter trial expands into Camden

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The London e-scooter trial expanded into the borough of Camden on Monday, with Camden now the tenth borough to take part in the trial.

Camden had been set to join the trial in October, but the start date was brought forward to 27 September.

The London e-scooter trial began in June 2021, with 165,000 journeys having been completed since according to Transport for London.

It is part of wider e-scooter trials across the UK which got underway in the summer of 2020.

E-scooters for the trial are being provided by micromobility operators TIER, Lime and Dott, with Lime alone reporting last week that 100,000 journeys have been completed on its devices since the trials launched.

With the addition of Camden to the trial, there will be a maximum of 3,480 e-scooters available for hire in London.

Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Richmond, Tower Hamlets (including Canary Wharf), City of London, Lambeth, Southwark, and Westminster are already part of the trial, which is set to end in March 2022.

TfL e-scooter trial lead Helen Sharp said: “We’re really pleased that Camden has joined London’s rental e-scooter trial and we have worked closely with them to ensure that this expansion meets the needs of everybody in the area.

“Safety continues to be at the heart of our trial and we continue to work with the e-scooter operators, London Councils and the London boroughs to ensure rigorous standards are being met.

“London’s e-scooter trial continues to provide data and insight into the long-term role e-scooters could play in a green and sustainable future for the capital, as well as the role they can play in avoiding a car-led recovery from the pandemic.”

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