Rural accessibility - best practice case studies

Recently it has been identified that some of the more rural authorities in England are employing highly innovative ways of improving accessibility for their residents. In some cases this is a response to the unique situations presented to authorities by the rural areas under their jurisdiction. As such it is important to further publicise this innovation to facilitate the sharing of best practice. This best practice research draws upon two previous reports produced for the Commission for Rural Communities. Ten ‘best practice’ case studies illustrating diverse ways of improving accessibility in rural areas were selected for this report. The main theme evident in the accessibility planning review was that accessibility planning was essentially a good and potentially a useful tool for rural local authorities. On a strategic level many of the more rural authorities felt pressure to direct funding towards more urbanised areas because that was where the ‘big wins’ were. Although most of the officers agreed that accessibility planning was within the remit of the transport department, many felt this was limiting the success of the concept to a certain extent. Engaging with partners is clearly presenting major difficulties for some authorities. Additionally it was recognised by many of the officers that partnership working (a key part of the process) took longer, and was more resource heavy than was initially predicted. Finally, due to the rural nature of the counties examined, many of them experienced cross boundary issues. This report may be found at:


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  • Pagination: 37p

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  • Accession Number: 01147132
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 24 2009 8:46AM