Public transport is a vital link for rural communities to their nearest towns or cities. Bus services are particularly important in delivering affordable mobility where a lack of personal transport might result in isolation and exclusion from services.
In light of this, the above spreadsheet analyses the results of the 2009/10 and the 2011/12 National Travel Survey, looking specifically at the use of buses.
The charts demonstrate that where personal transport is not an option, the relative availability, the average trip length, and the likelihood of having to walk further to catch a bus, all require a real structure, purpose and preparation when undertaking a journey from a rural setting.
This is in real contrast to the fast pace, and the enjoyment of convenience and freedom enjoyed by those not dependent on public transport, or those not living in rural communities.
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