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House of Lords report on the rural economy offers hope for rural transport

27 April 2019

Campaign for Better Transport has welcomed the House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy's report, Time for a strategy for the rural economy. Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, Darren Shirley, who is quoted widely in the report, said:

"This report should offer hope to rural communities that their suffering from dwindling public transport hasn't gone unnoticed. The Government should act swiftly on the Committee's recommendations and fully review rural public transport funding for the Spending Review to deal with the appalling state of rural transport.

"The Government should develop a single transport investment pot alongside a bus investment strategy and implement the 'Total Transport' approach. This could bring substantial improvements to rural communities."

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For further information please contact the press office on 020 3746 2235 or communications@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

1. The House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy's report, Time for a strategy for the rural economy, can be read online.

2. 'Total Transport' involves all those commissioning transport services in an area, including NHS patient transport, local authorities, taxis, community transport and car share schemes, working together to ensure a coherent public transport offer that gets people where they want to go.

3. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).