Rural Transport Accelerator

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Funding and expert support for developing innovative approaches to enhancing rural mobility.

The Department of Transport (DfT) along with the Connected Places Catapult has launched the Rural Transport Accelerator.

The programme is looking for consortium of innovators and local authorities to develop technology, products and services that aim to make the UK’s transport network safer, more resilient, greener, and more accessible. This initiative serves a dual purpose, contributing to both the adoption of innovative solutions and the overall wellbeing of rural communities.

Innovations are sought that will look to: 

  • enhance community wellbeing
  • support local economies
  • address specific needs of the rural population
  • enable growth and new opportunities in rural area
  • respond to new climate challenges

This accelerator programme offers six to eight projects, that will adopt innovative approaches to enhancing rural mobility, up to £150,000 of funding per project, and additional expert support.

Find out more about the Rural Transport Accelerator and how to apply.

Applications will close on Thursday 29 February 2024.

First published 20 February 2024