SOUTHAMPTON residents could have the chance to buy a coffee, collect their shopping and hire a bike or a car all from the same place as part of a major investment which could transform transport in the city.

Civic chiefs are looking to develop locations across the city where residents would be  able to hire electric cars, bikes or vans, pick up deliveries such as from click and  collect, buy a coffee and use public transport.

There could also be space for pop up shops, taxi ranks, charging points for electric vehicles and bike racks in what will be called Local Mobility Hubs.

According to a map published by Southampton City Council, the hubs could be in Shirley, Lordshill, Portswood, Eastleigh, Bitterne and Woolston.

Further details are yet to be revealed but the city council has confirmed that the hubs could be funded by a share of the £1.22bn Transforming Cities Fund from the Department for Transport (DfT).

It comes as last month the Local Democracy Reporting Service revealed that Southampton City Council and Hampshire County Council joined forces to bid for a share of the grant.

As previously reported, ajoint bid for up to £145m will be submitted next month.

Cllr Jacqui Rayment, cabinet member for transport and place at the city council said: “We are excited by the potential of local mobility hubs for Southampton because they will offer residents a range of mobility options that are all in the same place. This bid will help us to support the growth and success of the city in a sustainable way in line with the goals of our Green City Charter. We will work closely with all our partners to finalise our bid to submit to the DfT in November and expect a decision by the Spring of 2020.”

As reported last week, a new park and ride could be built near Bitterne and the one at Bargain Farm in Nursling, which is used by Southampton General Hospital staff, could be used by the public on weekends or when events are held in the city if the councils’ bid is successful. 

Rapid buses could also link Southampton to Romsey, Hythe, Winchester, Fair Oak, St Denys, Thornhill, Hedge End and Bursledon as part of the investment. 

Cllr Rob Humby, deputy leader and executive member for economy, transport and environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “We are working with Southampton City Council. We are submitting proposals to the Government for funding to deliver an ambitious plan of major transport improvements along five corridors from Southampton to Totton & the Waterside, Romsey, Chandler’s Ford & Winchester, Eastleigh, and Hedge End and Hamble, designed to transform people’s journeys by bike and public transport to boost productivity, connect people with where they live to places of work, improve health  and reduce emissions.”