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A road less travelled: case studies from community transport

Martin Jones

in Running on empty

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9781861345707
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303282 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861345707.003.0008
A road less travelled: case studies from community transport

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This final UK case study describes the wide variety of community- and voluntary-run and owned transport services that are provided in the UK under the broad umbrella of community transport. Community transport is important in two ways. It is important because it shows that things can be done differently and better by the devolved voluntary sector. Community transport has pioneered the development of accessible transport for disabled people in the UK. It created the concept of demand-responsive transport. Second, community transpoty has made a huge difference to the lives of vast numbers of people who were previously prevented from playing a full part in society. The discussion cites a number of examples of community- and voluntary-based transport services that have been specifically introduced to fill a gap in mainstream transport services in deprived communities.

Keywords: UK; community transport; voluntary sector; demand-responsive transport

Chapter.  10441 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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