Left behind neighbourhoods isolated by poor public transport

Poor access to public transport and fewer numbers of car owners are isolating people living in ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods from urban centres and essential services

That’s according to a new report by the Campaign for Better Transport and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for left behind neighbourhoods, which was reported in the Yorkshire Post, the Railway Hub and LocalGov.

The report revealed that 84 per cent of left behind neighbourhoods have worse overall connectivity than the England average.

Furthermore, 40 per cent of households in left behind neighbourhoods have no car, compared to the average in England, 26 per cent.

The report also discovered that local authority-supported bus services in left behind areas declined by 35 per cent over the last six years, while commercial services declined by 11 per cent.

Left behind areas with the poorest connectivity were found to be predominantly located in coastal areas and on the outskirts of post-industrial towns and cities in the North and the Midlands.

The authors called on the Government to invest in public transport to ensure that no communities are left behind and that we can build back better in a way that is ‘fair and sustainable’.

Full articles:

Yorkshire Post - The 'left-behind' communities in Yorkshire disconnected from jobs and key services revealed in new report

LocalGov - ‘Left behind’ neighbourhoods isolated by poor public transport

Railway Hub - Report shows ‘left behind neighbourhoods’ disconnected from jobs & public transport


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