The UK Government’s Future of Transport programme – which aims to find new and better ways to travel – found that dependence on private cars is higher in rural areas due to a lack of both public transport and active travel routes between towns and villages. This leads to increased social isolation, as well as lack of access to services, particularly for elderly and young people.
Recent government research into accessibility when travelling also found that rural areas are often not set up for active travel modes, such as walking, wheeling and cycling. Residents in these communities have to make longer journeys on narrower roads with fast-moving traffic, and there are few dedicated active travel routes, which means car travel is the most common method of transport. In fact, some rural and remote areas can only be reached by car.
This not only makes it more difficult for residents to access basic amenities and services, but also makes deliveries to those areas more complex.