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E-scooters off Nottingham city streets as operator ceases UK operations

Nottingham’s e-scooters have been removed after the operator closed down its UK operations, Nottingham City Council says.

The city’s e-scooter hire pilot first started in October 2020, in partnership with Derby City Council.

The current operator is the US-based company Superpedestrian but the network went offline shortly before Christmas.

E-scooters have since been taken off the streets and the vehicles can no longer be hired via the mobile app.

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Nottingham City Council confirmed Superpedestrian is ceasing operations in the UK on Wednesday (December 27).

A spokesperson said: “We have been informed that Superpedestrian is closing down its UK operation and has removed e-scooters from the streets of Nottingham.

“We understand the company will be saying more on this over the coming days, including how customers with credit on their accounts will be refunded.

“The council has worked closely with Superpedestrian over the past few years and we value their efforts in helping us to establish an increasingly popular rental service across the city.”

Nottingham’s e-scooter network is due to stay in the city until at least 2026 after the Government extended the project.

While the Department for Transport works on new laws for e-scooters, it has extended all trials for a longer period of time, up until May 2026.

The network operation will go out to market again as part of the extension.

The council spokesperson added: “The Department for Transport has recently taken the decision to extend its national trial and we plan to start the procurement process for a new e-scooter supplier in the New Year.”

Superpedestrian has been contacted for comment.

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