1224: Rural transport

This paper is summarised from the executive summaries of a series of transport ‘think-pieces’ produced by the Commission for Rural Communities.

Year of Publication2011

A policy priority is a rural and interurban public transport network that enables links to different modes of local transport. There needs to be a better understanding of people’s decision-making about rural travel. Demand Responsive Transport can provide good personal service, flexibility and a way to cater for low and dispersed demand but promotion, marketing, legislation, integration with the wider network and cost all require attention. The reliability and convenience of alternatives are often not sufficiently attractive to encourage people to relinquish use of the car. Rural communities may be unable to meet targets for transport carbon reductions. Road pricing schemes must be rural proofed.

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