Policy Briefing 23: local transport
This briefing, the twenty-second in our policy briefings series, looks at public transport in local areas. Public transport helps to knit together communities, but since the mid-1980s local authorities have had few responsibilities around public transport provision. More recently, however, councils have recognised the vital way in which transport provision impacts upon all their services –on the local economy, on health outcomes, on education –and have sought to take steps to enhance their influence.
There is a clear role for scrutiny in helping to bolster the transparency and accountability of external providers of public transport services.