Passenger Transport In Isolated Communities
HC 288, Fourth Report of Session 2014-15 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes Relating to the Report
- House of Commons - Transport Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The report 'Passenger Transport In Isolated Communities (HC 288)' examines the public transport needs of people in isolated areas.
Old and young, unemployed people, those on low incomes and disabled people who live in isolated communities rely on passenger transport. For example, two out of every five job seekers cite lack of transport as a barrier to finding work. All these groups are disproportionately affected by inadequate or reduced services.
It is vital that all Ministers recognise the fundamental importance of passenger transport in providing access to education, healthcare and employment. Policy makers sometimes equate 'isolated' with 'rural' or island communities, but some urban and suburban areas have inadequate passenger transport. The Department for Transport (DFT) should draft a definition of 'isolated communities' for use across central and local government to target scarce resources in ways that reach all types of isolated community.
There is concern that subsidised bus services continue to disappear as funding is cut. The bus industry must work with local authorities to deliver essential local services through the development of quality contracts similar to arrangements that operate in London.
The Committee also challenges the DFT's assertion that community transport schemes run by volunteers can compensate for decreased bus services in isolated communities. Many community transport schemes are tiny and only serve particular groups in the community. It is unrealistic to expect volunteers to replace local bus services.
There is a need for 'total transport' - the pooling of existing transport assets to deliver a broader range of services. If, for example, hospital transport were combined with local bus services, it might revolutionise services for isolated communities.
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