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23 November 2007

Mott MacDonald surveys the role of taxis in rural areas

Mott MacDonald has been appointed by the UK’s Commission for Integrated Transport to examine the role of taxis in rural areas.

The study will investigate successful taxi schemes implemented in rural environments across the UK and Europe with the aim of drawing out the key factors that have ensured the success of these schemes. This information will provide pointers for local authorities, central government and operators in the UK.

Mott MacDonald’s team of transportation research experts will undertake an extensive literature review and a programme of telephone interviews with local authority officers and operators, after which a selection of case studies will be identified and explored. The findings will be compiled into individual reports, and disseminated through workshops and one-to-one interviews to enable key stakeholders to look at whether an enhanced role for taxis in rural areas in the UK would provide a cost effective solution to the transport needs of rural residents.

Mott MacDonald’s project director, Jo Baker said, “There is a perception that demand-responsive taxi based public transport schemes in other areas of Europe offer better services for members of the public than ours do. This study seeks to understand why and to develop an ideal upon which similar schemes can be set up.

“In this project, we are fortunate to benefit from working alongside CfIT Working Group Chair, Lynn Sloman, and academic adviser, Corrine Mulley, both experts in the field”.

The study is due for completion in mid 2008.

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