Transport for London (TfL) and London Councils have announced the expansion of the capital’s trial of rental e-scooters, with e-scooters available to rent from Monday 5 July in the City of London.
The expansion will mean that the number of vehicles will increase from around 600 to 1,200 across London.
Following the government’s decision to legalise rental trials of e-scooters last month, TfL and London Councils launched a trial of rental e-scooters in the capital. The trial initially covered a core area including Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Richmond, Tower Hamlets and Canary Wharf.
This expansion means that the e-scooters can be hired and used in a wider area of central and inner London. TfL and London Councils are continuing discussions with boroughs about further expansions over the coming months.
Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “I’m pleased that London’s rental e-scooter trial is expanding to cover the City of London, and parts of Lambeth and Southwark.
“Extending the footprint of the trial to more areas will enable us to get a better understanding of the role e-scooters can play in switching car journeys to greener and more sustainable alternatives.
“Safety continues to be at the heart of our trial, with London’s more stringent safety standards also in place in the new large area.”