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Rural transport experiments
 — South Exmoor Car Service
Corporate AuthorDevon Rutex Working Group
PublisherTransport and Road Research Laboratory, Crowthorne, 1980
Pages19pp (TRRL supplementary report 579)
KeywordsTransport services ; Private cars ; Voluntary workers ; Rural areas ; Social surveys ; Devon.
AnnotationThe Rural Transport Experiments (RUTEX) were initiated by the Government to test on the ground what could be done to help rural communities, and designed to include a wide range of rural transport schemes. The South Exmoor Car Service was a voluntary car service with unpaid local volunteers arranging lifts with volunteer drivers. Lifts were permitted anywhere within the area and to a number of destinations outside it, some only for medical purposes. No journeys were allowed which competed with the limited existing public transport. All the active volunteers were residents of two of the five parishes in the area, as were all but three of the 53 users. The main reason for this localisation of the service is considered to be the lack of suitable organisers in the non-participating parishes. Lift giving was the most common form of transport for those without cars before the experiment, which effectively extended lift opportunities by providing a booking system. Demand for additional public transport was so small and dispersed that only a voluntary car service could satisfy it at reasonable cost. (RH).
Accession NumberCPA-930810052
ClassmarkO: O3: QV: RL: 3F: 8DE *

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