Community Transport

As settlement and working patterns become more dispersed, it can be difficult to provide conventional public transport services at reasonable cost.  Community Transport  – whether provided by voluntary groups, social enterprises, local authorities or by Nexus – can fill this gap, improving accessibility and reducing social exclusion.

Many Community Transport providers are operating in relative isolation, with little overall co-ordination. In some cases this need not be an issue if the user base is local and the services provided are well publicised. Often however potential users may not be aware of the travel options available to them, and duplication of resources can occur where several transport providers, including the voluntary sector, local authorities, the health services and others, are operating services which could be better provided from one resource.

Local Transport Plan partners are therefore exploring ways of using emerging technology to provide bespoke solutions at a realistic cost – the aim being to provide flexible services designed around users’ needs, whilst reducing costs.  However, co-operation and coordination with providers of conventional public transport will still be important.