New transport solution enters London

A new shuttle service is launching in London to ease commute.

Following entrance to multiple markets in the United States, Chariot is launching its daily commuter shuttle service in London. Designed for city dwellers who live in harder-to-serve areas where public transport is not easily accessible, Chariot enables passengers to complete the first and last mile of their journey by connecting them with nearby transit hubs and underground stations.

Service in London kicked off this week with four Chariot routes designed to complement the city’s existing public transport system.

Sarah‑Jayne Williams, director, Ford Smart Mobility, Europe, said, ‘As well-served as London is by public transport, the daily commute can still be a bit of a slog for some in the city. Chariot is one way of providing residents with reliable, safe and affordable transportation,”

Four London routes, informed by a detailed analysis of urban areas, are designed to connect commuters living in densely populated areas to existing transport networks. The routes will help fill transportation gaps between several rapidly growing neighborhoods and six London transport hubs: Clapham Junction, North Greenwich, Abbey Wood, Kennington, Vauxhall, and Battersea Park; and will also help commuters with their onwards journey on the Victoria Line, Northern Line, London Overground, National Rail – as well as Thames River Boat Services and the Emirates Cable Car.

From now until Feb. 14 commuters will be able to use the service for free. Then, with a monthly pass, single journeys cost from £1.60, with single pay-as-you-go rides £2.40.

Up to six shuttles per hour will run at peak times, with 14 fuel-efficient minibuses. The 14-seater passenger shuttles will be able to use London’s bus lanes, offer Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and overhead storage for laptop bags and briefcases. Selected shuttles will be wheelchair accessible at launch, and the professional drivers will be trained to assist passengers with special needs.