The author sets out the problem, faced by planners, County Councils, education and health authorities, transport officials, and by those who live in rural Britain, of the inaccessibility of many areas of the country. For those two-car families who choose to live in the remoter villages, it matters little that the main town is only accessible by bus once a day. But for the poor, children, housewives, the elderly it can be a matter of some urgency when local shops, schools and medical services are being whittled away in favour of larger units in distant towns. This book, based on the author's report for the Department of the Environment on rural transport and accessibility, reviews the process of decline which has led to this situation, and considers the concept of accessibility and shows how it can be developed into an analytical tool for measuring the success or failure of alternative policies. The author details each policy option in turn: the support of conventional bus or other transport services; the provision of mobile services; "mini-outlet" policies; and the long-term restructuring of the rural settlement pattern. He devotes a chapter to the crucial fragmentation of decision-making bodies, which inhibits the necessary coordinated attack on the problem, and concludes with a chapter on "the way ahead" which sets out his policy for meeting the 'rural inaccessibility problem". (TRRL)

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    Methuen and Company Limited

    11 New Fetter Lane
    London,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Moseley, M J
  • Publication Date: 1979

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  • Accession Number: 00308618
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 22 1981 12:00AM