This reports the findings of a survey of a large number of local authorities. The survey was designed to find out how old people are restricted by inadequate travel facilities. There is a marked difference between urban and rural problems; the former involve fares, limitations on the use of concessions, vehicle design, service reliability and driving standards. Problems in rural areas concern the level of service, the lack of concessionary fare arrangements, fare levels, and limitations on the ability to shop and attend health centres or doctors as a result of poor services. Discussions were held with interested parties in order to formulate policy. Various extensions of the concession are suggested including financing the scheme from central government. Improvements on step heights are imminent and suggestions for special seating at the front of buses have been made. General difficulties of entering and leaving the bus are discussed along with the lack of conductor assistance implicit in one-man operation. The principal improvement in rural areas involves co-ordination of all types of local services- appendices include details of survey method, the future of London transport and legislation relevant to concessions and subsidies, for old people. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Old People's Welfare Council

    55 Gower Street
    London,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1973-10

Media Info

  • Pagination: 36 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00133843
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 9 1977 12:00AM