Bus Services: Rural Areas

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 8 February 2023.

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Photo of Iain Stewart Iain Stewart Chair, Transport Committee, Chair, Transport Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for how long each Rural Mobility Fund demand responsive transport pilot will last; when (a) interim and (b) final findings from these pilots will be published; and what form those findings will take.

Photo of Richard Holden Richard Holden Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Rural Mobility Fund demand responsive transport pilots are planned to last between two and five years from the point of launch. They have all launched at different times, influenced by multiple factors such as vehicle availability and resourcing, so the end of each trial period may vary from the original timeframes envisaged.

We expect to publish interim findings in the first half of 2023, further findings in late 2023/early 2024, and the final findings in 2025 in the form of written reports. However, the exact timings and dissemination approach will be determined closer to the time.

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