The paucity of rural transport options is an issue which strikes at the heart of rural disadvantage, impacting people’s access to employment, education and training, health, shops, and a host of other activities. It is a key driver of rural isolation and loneliness. It leaves rural communities highly car dependent, with consequences for the environment and national efforts to reach net zero (for carbon). This situation reflects a long-term lack of strategic policy thinking about what transport provision is needed and appropriate in rural areas.
A more detailed, RURAL LENS, view of the Bus Strategy will be published in due course but in the meantime, the RSN has published the attached initial analysis (download here).
This analysis goes through the specific asks of the RSN of Government in relation to Rural Transport and Access to Services. These include:
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