Nearly a quarter of the country's population lives in small towns. Research conducted by Campaign for Better Transport for CPRE, the countryside charity, has found that too many of these towns are 'transport deserts', where residents have no option for convenient and affordable public transport and risk being cut off from basic services if they don't have access to a car.
The report is the first attempt to develop a scoring system to rank the public transport options available to rural communities. Public transport services were scored in over 160 locations in the South West and North East against their accessibility and frequency.
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