The role of transport in tackling social exclusion is becoming an increasingly important element of Government policy on sustainable development, resulting in an increasing focus on the relationship between poverty and lack of access to the public transport network. London Transport Planning is undertaking research to identify the relationship between public transport accessibility and social exclusion in London, and in particular the extent to which Londoners living in areas with high levels of social exclusion are able to access key activities. For most of London, lack of public transport services is unlikely to be the dominant factor in constraining the mobility of socially excluded people, and research by Birkbeck and Kings Colleges of the University of London has identified the processes that constrain access to key activities by socially excluded people. These include the nature of: (1) the time space budget within households, for example, the extent to which a person's daily activities and social relationships constrain their travel; (2) the time-space organisation of the activities that people are seeking to access; and (3) the transport system in terms of cost, accessibility, personal security and public space. Research is planned to identify: (1) how the processes listed above interact with the characteristics of the individual, e.g. age, gender, ethnic origin and culture; (2) the daily activity and travel patterns of socially excluded households particularly how these differ from those of other households; and (3) the development of measures and indicators to assess the effectiveness of transport policies and schemes in meeting the mobility needs of socially excluded people. For the covering abstract see IRRD E104586.


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 181-93
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    • Volume: P430

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  • Accession Number: 00790419
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-86050-321-6
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 11 2000 12:00AM