The essential needs for transport in rural areas are considered, which include good communications by rural industries. The scale, distribution and quality of transport opportunities in rural areas are discussed. Details are tabulated of the high road mileage in sparsely populated areas, and the decrease in passenger journeys made by public transport during 1965-75, with vehicle fleet remaining almost constant, is shown graphically. The relation between population decline and transport network is shown for Devon Country, and the effects on a rural population of changes in motoring costs are discussed. Transport provision by local authority consists mainly of providing and adequately maintaining the highway network. This is reviewed in the light of increased vehicle loadings and financial resources available. Reference is made to the need for subsidizing uneconomic passenger services for various groups in rural communities. A description is given of unconventional passenger services and reference is made to the experience gained by TRRL Rutex experiments. The need for extra financial resources is stated, and policies and actions which might be pursued are listed. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Association of County Councils

    Eaton House, 66A Eaton Square
    London,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1979-9

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 17-22

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00311805
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1981 12:00AM