This paper shows how Cumbria County Council took an innovative approach in tackling the problems of those living in rural areas of the County who do not have access to a car. This approach, the Cumbrian Public Transport Initiative, is a multi-faceted attempt to identify transport needs and to put in place solutions to those needs, often initially as experimental solutions. Some of the problems of those who find it difficult to travel to work or training are solved with funding assistance from the Rural Development Commission. Enterprises which run scheduled routes of their own, such as colleges of further education, are encouraged to make them available to the general public, with some success. Surveys of transport needs in deeper rural areas resulted in a proposal for an innovative community transport solution, the 'Microbus', which is designed to meet the varied transport needs of all in isolated communities. Finally, a proposal for minibus brokerage is coming to fruition as a pilot scheme. (A)


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Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 151-4
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 115
    • Issue Number: 3

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  • Accession Number: 00729343
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 12 1996 12:00AM