Project: Social Exclusion - Integrated Transport Systems in Rural Areas

Reference: UG325B

Last update: 10/11/2006 12:02:42


The objectives of this project include identification of good practice across the country, evaluation of success of individual schemes and initiatives, offering some practical hands on support to a sample number of local authorities to help them factor the needs of deprived areas and people into local transport planning and preparing good practice guidelines for wide dissemination to local authorities.


The aim of this project is to identify, evaluate and disseminate good practice in factoring the needs of deprived areas and people into local transport planning.


Paul Beecham and Associates
20 Ebenezer Street, Cannock, Cannock, WS12 4HD
01543 879637

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £143,503.00

Actual start date: 01 September 2002

Actual completion date: 31 May 2005


The Gloucestershire Hospital Transport Scheme - Final Report
Author: Paul Beecham
Publication date: 01/05/2005
Source: Available from MIU at Department for Transport

Summary of results

  1. The research identified that integration of transport provision was possible given suitable software and procedures and could result in a number of benefits for both operator and passengers -
    A more flexible service more able to respond to needs both now and in the future
    Improvements in identification of needs and provision of social transport
    Improved eficiency of journeys provided by volunteer drivers