Chariot launches in first European city as service expands internationally
Chariot announced that it's 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 connect 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.
“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,” said Sarah Jayne Williams, Director, Ford Smart Mobility, Europe.
The location of the four London routes were chosen near rapidly growing neighborhoods and six London transport hubs.
The routes are:
- The Battersea Bullet will serve the recently opened Battersea Power Station mixed-use neighborhood and the Nine Elms area—yet to be fully connected to the main transport networks—and connect to the Victoria Line, in Vauxhall and the Northern Line, at Kennington.
- The Wandsworth Wanderer will link residents living in new developments, such as the Riverside Quarter complex in Wandsworth, with Clapham Junction allowing them to transfer onto National Rail, London Overground, and Gatwick Express services.
- The Nuxley Navigator will connect the residential areas of Belvedere and Nuxley Village to Abbey Wood station and National Rail services to London Bridge, as well as the forthcoming Elizabeth Line.
- The Shooters Hill Shot will connect residential areas of the Royal Borough of Greenwich to North Greenwich Underground Station for access westbound to Canary Wharf and central London and eastbound to ExCeL and City Airport, as well as nearby major attractions like the O2
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 drivers will be trained to assist passengers with special needs.
Chariot is accessed via a smartphone app that enables users to search for a nearby route and the closest available transport hub address. The app will then locate the nearest convenient pickup point. Passengers can book a seat and track in real time the progress of shuttles that run Monday to Friday, during the rush hour.
“Cities globally are dealing with increased congestion and environmental issues,” said Marcy Klevorn, President, Ford Mobility. “Ford is helping to alleviate these challenges by developing mobility solutions—such as Chariot—that are finely tuned to the unique challenges of commuters in different locations, addressing gaps in transport systems and completing their travel with first- and last-mile additions.”