The National Rural Conference 2024

The Rural Services Network (RSN) is thrilled to announce the National Rural Conference 2024, taking place from 16th to 19th September. This virtual event, accessible via Zoom, is the premier gathering for senior officers, members, policymakers, and rural service professionals.
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Rural Lancashire communities to benefit from government grant to improve safety on buses

Specially trained officers will patrol buses and bus stations in Lancashire as part of a new pilot scheme to help stamp out anti-social behaviour on public transport. RSN member, Lancashire County Council, has welcomed the news that it is one of 4 areas in England, and the only rural area, chosen to take part.

The council will receive over £525k from the Department for Transport to recruit and employ Transport Safety Officers until the end of March 2025.  It says it will also work closely with Lancashire Constabulary, transport operators, and Community Safety Partnerships to put the scheme in place.

County Councillor Rupert Swarbrick, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for highways and transport said:

"We're investing £39m through our Bus Service Improvement Plan to make Lancashire's buses more frequent, reliable and affordable, but making sure everyone feels safe is also crucial to attracting more people to use the bus for regular journeys.

"Transport Safety Officers will make a real difference in tackling and deterring anti-social behaviour across our transport network. By providing a visible presence they will reassure passengers that we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour on our bus network"

The programme aims to help passengers feel safer when using public transport, to make it easier to report issues, to improve how anti-social behaviour is tackled by partners, and to strengthen collaboration between councils, police and transport operators.

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