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Travel & Transport

Transport, travel and the associated infrastructure required to move about an area are particularly important to those living in rural isolation to access services, education and employment. The Travel and Transport section of the Observatory presents data that shows the reality of rural life and rural service provision.

The school run presents a clear example of where travel solutions in rural areas are of the utmost importance to providing an essential service, and need to accommodate some of the most vulnerable members of a community.

To view the school journeys analysis click here

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