A lack of affordable and accessible public transport is having a serious effect on low-income households and reducing people’s ability to find work, according to campaigners.
The report summarises three separate pieces of research into the links between transport, poverty and social exclusion.
- Those on low incomes rely more on bus services: half of the poorest fifth of the population don’t have a car, rising to more than two-thirds of job-seekers.
- Improving transport services and making them affordable and accessible helps to tackle social exclusion.
- Transport poverty needs to be carefully defined: if simply defined as, say, spending more than 10 per cent on motoring and other transport costs, it would mean those in the highest income brackets are most in poverty.
- Low-income communities are more likely to be killed or seriously injured on the roads, face worse air quality, and have higher exposure to other negative impacts of transport.
Source: Transport, Accessibility and Social Exclusion, Campaign for Better Transport
Links: Report | CBT press release