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The future of rural transport

  • by JW

@ Sidmouth’s Café Scientifique – Tuesday 21st November


How can we make public transport better in rural areas?

One of the biggest drives to get us out of our cars is to reduce air pollution and reduce road-use – that is, to bring down harmful emissions and road congestion. But to encourage us to drive less we need better public transport – which is happening in urban areas in many parts of the world… But what about public transport in rural areas?

Community Transport might be a way to ‘bridge the gap’. And the Campaign for Better Transport looks to the West Country for how a system might work:

People who live in rural areas still need access to a reliable and affordable public transport network. What that network looks like will be different to what an urban network looks like, but, as areas like Cornwall are proving, it is still achievable.

Next week’s Cafe Scientifique Live at Sidmouth’s Kennaway House looks at The Future of Rural Transport

Tuesday 21st November 2023 3:00 PM –to 4:30 PM

Location/Venue: Cellar Bar, Kennaway House, EX10 8NG

Nick Bromley will talk about The Future of Rural Transport.

Nick will reference his recent paper to the House of Commons Transport Committee to give an overview of the challenges facing rural transport and the main types of solutions and technologies under development by government and private sectors. These will include driverless vehicles, demand response/shared transport, and ways of capturing population movement demand data.  This will then lead on to a group discussion during which there will be an opportunity for the audience to actively talk about what they would like to see happen to transport in Sidmouth and the surrounding area.