Suspension of e-scooter trial

The trial of e-scooters that has run since June 2020 across Slough is coming to an end on 30 November.

The e-scooters are operated by Neuron Mobility UK, and the trial has been extended several times but as the contract with Neuron was coming to an end, the council was unable to extend the contract without opening it up to tender.

The transport team will be evaluating the scheme and providing a report to Cabinet in February 2023 with the possibility of restarting the scheme subject to procurement and Cabinet approval in June 2023.

This does mean however that from the end of this month, the e-scooters will be removed from Slough for now. The scheme has proved very successful and popular with residents and commuters alike.

Councillor Mohammed Nazir, cabinet member for transport and the local environment, said: “This is a chance to pause and evaluate the trial, whilst we undertake more work and preparation for an expected DfT decision on permanent schemes once the national trials have completed.

“It has been great working with Neuron Mobility UK throughout this successful trial, and seeing our residents and commuters enjoy scooting around the borough. I look forward to seeing the transport team’s report at Cabinet early next year.”

Published: 9 November 2022