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The delivery of rural flexible transport: Experiences from highland Scotland

Lookup NU author(s): Professor John Nelson, Dr Steven Wright


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Access to jobs and services is a key issue in the delivery of inclusive mobility, progressive and economically sustainable communities. In no other environment is this as distinct as in remote and rural communities, such as those in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Allied to this, the likelihood to secure and maintain employment, as well as getting to and from a place of work declines rapidly the more remotely located an individual is. The Transport to Employment (T2E) initiative of East and Central Sutherland may demonstrate a potential method of reducing the barrier represented by a lack of transport, and prove to be an appropriate method for stepping out of the transport poverty trap. This paper introduces concepts and methods by which rural mobility and inclusive access may be enhanced through the application of innovative demand responsive transport (DRT) solutions. Using experiences drawn from the pilot Transport to Employment project operating in the East Sutherland area, the paper addresses lessons learned, issues and transferability. The cost model applied to the scheme is presented and scrutinised and an assessment of the benefits to society is presented using Social Return On Investment (SROI) analysis as a means of quantifying this. From this analysis the sustainability of such schemes can be judged and the case for attracting cross-sectoral funding streams informed.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Cooper JM, Nelson JD, Wright S

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Proceedings of the Conference on Traffic and Transportation Studies, ICTTS

Year of Conference: 2006

Pages: 156-166

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ISBN: 9787030174444