CPRE: Transport Deserts

Transport Deserts: Every village, every hour 2021 sets out what a comprehensive bus network for England would look like.
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Focus of work

CPRE, the countryside charity’s report builds upon their previous research into rural ‘transport deserts’ to set out what a comprehensive bus network for England would look like, with services to every village every hour, and the scale of investment we need to make this vision a reality.

Based on examples of successful rural transport services across Europe, the report aims to show how we can have a bus system that is fit for the climate emergency and that will put an end to the inequality and social exclusion caused by the current car dominance of rural life.


CPRE’s groundbreaking project found that the Government could deliver a reliable, frequent and cheap bus to every village, every hour across England. By redirecting funding currently earmarked for road building, the Government could release enough money to invest in this.

This project also achieved:

  • Over 57,000 signatures for an existing online petition to the Rt Hon. Grant Shapps, then Transport Secretary, calling for reliable buses for every town and village
  • Four local transport champions recruited across England, helping to build relationships with bus providers including Stagecoach
  • 43 letters submitted to local authority leaders and MPs
  • Forged and developed partnerships with Better Buses, Possible, Transport Action Network, the Campaign for Better Transport and other organisations, to improve rural transport links together
  • Oral evidence submitted to the House of Commons Transport Select Committee about the current state of rural transport.

Many of these important findings will also now be included in the charity’s manifesto leading up to the General Election 2024.

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