ACRE welcomed the recognition that rural areas need transport solutions appropriate to their unique circumstances but is concerned that more needs to be done.
Jeremy Leggett, ACRE’s Policy Adviser said, “We applaud the government for recognising that a different approach is needed to improve rural mobilities. However, the strategy is limited insofar as it relies on distant technological innovations which may do little in the short to medium term to address the barriers those without cars face in terms of accessing services and employment. To achieve this, we would like to see a more joined up and ‘rural proofed’ approach to policy making which places individuals and families, wherever they live, at the centre of government initiatives”.
The charity makes several recommendations in its response to the consultation, including: a high-level government commitment for ensuring nobody living in a rural area will be unreasonably disadvantaged in gaining access to public services, a requirement for service providers to factor in the financial costs and carbon footprint of users travel when making decisions, backing existing social enterprise approaches to community transport and the delivery of gigabit capable broadband and 5G.
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ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) is the national body for 38 charitable local development agencies. Together we make up the ACRE Network. Our vision – to be the voice of rural communities – is supported by the wealth of evidence and intelligence on rural matters that we collect from our members.
ACRE members provide support for community transport schemes which provide a tailored solution to rural mobility issues.
Download ACRE’s policy response