Centralised services, coupled with the dispersed and small nature of rural communities, has left many individuals ‘high and dry’, and very vulnerable to isolation and social exclusion. In a typical year, households in settlements of fewer than 3,000 people spend twice as much on transport and travel twice as far in a car than urban households.
The usual perception is that everyone has a car nowadays, so there can’t be that much of a problem, can there? The problem is that around 3,500 households in Oxfordshire don’t have a car at all; in many more households, the ‘family’ car isn’t available during the working day. So despite the continued increase in car ownership, there is still a widespread need for public transport in rural areas.
So ORCC helps to improve transport and accessibility of services by
- Leading the Community Transport Advisory Group and bringing together local authorities, NHS and other interested parties to work out ways to improve transport facilities at all levels
- Helping communities carry out transport needs surveys and develop community transport schemes with the support of the Community Transport Adviser
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