MAJOR BOOST TO THE CAMPAIGN FOR A RURAL STRATEGY:
The Independent Food, Farming & Countryside Commission hosted by the RSA in its report launched on Tuesday 16th July ‘Our Future in the Land’ has added its voice to the calls by the RSN and the House of Lords Select Committee for a comprehensive Rural Strategy (more to follow)
The study, by the Foundation for Integrated Transport, compared bus services in Shropshire with comparable areas in Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. The study found that rural bus services do not provide a ‘satisfactory alternative’ to owning a car.
Overall, commuters in Britain have far fewer routes connecting towns and villages, and poorer connections to train services than those on the continent.
The report’s author, Professor John Whitelegg, said: ‘Rural residents in Shropshire and in every other English shire deserve a much better bus service than the one currently on offer, and the time is now to embark on the upgrade. Currently in Shropshire, buses are a low priority for the council and subject to large budget cuts. We can do so much better.’
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