Mott MacDonald has developed for the UK Department for Transport a ‘masterplan’ for the UK’s first ever multi-modal hydrogen transport hub. Development of the hub will be kick-started with £3m in government funding and could be fully operational by 2025.
Working together with the DfT, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Tees Valley Combined Authority, Mott MacDonald developed a plan for the hub in the Tees Valley in NE England. It will bring together government, industry, and academia, to focus research and development, testing and trials across all transport modes to help ‘build back greener’ after the pandemic and inform future investment decisions and export opportunities.
The hub comprises a set of facilities that includes green hydrogen production, storage, distribution, and refuelling stations from which existing and evolving transport networks and services can feed. It will act as a test bed to help understand the role of hydrogen as part of the energy transition in the transport sector.
‘Pop-up’ trials could see all kinds of businesses using hydrogen-powered transport to move goods and carry out ‘last mile’ deliveries. It could also see local transport operators working with the transport sector to deliver emission-free hydrogen passenger services.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps commented: “The hub will establish the UK as a global leader in hydrogen technology, paving the way for its use across all transport modes and propelling us towards our net-zero goals.”