Calls for clearer government strategy on rural bus services

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Baroness Randerson, Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson on Transport, writing in The House Magazine called for a greater government focus on the social harms of poor rural bus provision. She outlines how buses are often vital in rural areas for the mobility of the elderly who can’t use cars and young less well-off residents who without buses rely on either their parents for transportation or having to hire private taxi services. She cites the small proportion of government subsidy in rural bus services means private companies are reluctant to maintain existing or develop new rural bus services, increasing the geographic isolation of the less affluent. She also comments rural bus routes rarely work well alongside timetables for other forms of public transport such as trains, an additional inconvenience for rural residents.

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