Transport & Services

Rural communities need affordable transport solutions that deliver services to places and at times communities need. These solutions are best when they are developed by the community, often in partnership with a range of providers.
Rural areas have experienced an erosion of facilities and services and as such, the need for transport is an inevitable consequence of living in a rural area if people are to access a range of essential services in nearby towns.

There are 4 main transport issues that affect people living in rural communities: access to services, access to training and employment, strategic transport problems and road safety.

People in rural areas travel more miles compared to the population overall. Small communities cannot support the range of jobs and services enjoyed by rural populations and for those without their own transport, the elderly, the young and those with mobility problems, access to services is a real problem. These are often the least able to afford the high costs of transport and research shows, that people on lower incomes pay a higher proportion of their income on transport costs.

To access healthcare, jobs, schools and higher education, rural people have to travel further and spend more of their income on transport. Smaller rural primary schools are under constant threat and their closure can have a significant impact on the local community particularly when they house extended services, local activity and social interaction for parents, and other residents.

Rural pubs, shops and garages also face considerable challenges and loss of these vital services can mean a real difference between being able to stay in a village or having to move to a town.

Our national body, Action With Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has produced a Policy Paper on Transport which sets out what we see as the key concerns with rural transport and some of the policies and actions that can be taken to tackle the problems. You can download the paper using the link below.

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Healthwatch is the new health and social care services watchdog and information service. Healthwatch North Yorkshire is holding a series of events where you can find out more about Healthwatch, what they do and how to get involved. More details are available on the Healthwatch North Yorkshire website.

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Healthwatch is the new health and social care services watchdog and information service. Healthwatch North Yorkshire is holding a series of events where you can find out more about Healthwatch, what they do and how to get involved. More details are available on the Healthwatch North Yorkshire website.

Healthwatch is the new health and social care services watchdog and information service. Healthwatch North Yorkshire is holding a series of events where you can find out more about Healthwatch, what they do and how to get involved. More details are available on the Healthwatch North Yorkshire website.

Healthwatch is the new health and social care services watchdog and information service. Healthwatch North Yorkshire is holding a series of events where you can find out more about Healthwatch, what they do and how to get involved. More details are available on the Healthwatch North Yorkshire website.

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The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published its National Rural-Proofing Guidelines, aimed at helping policy-makers in all Government departments ensure that their proposals treat rural areas equitably.

North Kirklees and Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Groups are currently consulting on proposed changes to NHS services in their areas. The consultation closes on 31st May and a number of public events are planned to provide members of local communities the opportunity to have their say.

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