Elderly couple on bus

Social inclusion

Transport has a vital role to play in connecting people to opportunities and improving quality of life. The transport choices we make (or are able to make) have a huge impact on our individual and collective ability to fully participate in society.

To support social inclusion, transport options should strive to reflect the needs of the diverse communities that they serve, as well as fulfil ‘the 4 As’: available, accessible, affordable and acceptable.

How we work on social inclusion

 

Rebecca Fuller, Assistant Director, is the lead staff member for our work on social inclusion.

Resources for this topic

View documents, reports and other material.

Report

Future Streets: Challenges and opportunities

Streets are often the most contested spaces in any town or city. There are a large number and wide variety of calls on street space (at least 160 legitimate calls), and they simply can’t all be met. This report seeks to help local highway and strategic transport authorities rise to the challenge of better street and kerbside management.
Read more about Future Streets: Challenges and opportunities Download file

Report

The Good Life: The role of transport in shaping a new and sustainable era for suburbs

We are a nation of suburbanites. However, the ubiquity of suburban living is often not reflected in transport policy. And there can be no decarbonisation of transport without specific measures to decarbonise transport in the suburbs. This report presents four foundations of suburbs for a new era – one which offers all suburbanites the promise of the ‘Good Life’ whilst addressing the climate crisis.
Read more about The Good Life: The role of transport in shaping a new and sustainable era for suburbs Download file

Report

Leading Light: What Light Rail can do for City Regions

This report, produced by Steer for the Urban Transport Group, shows how Britain’s light rail systems have supported economic growth in the areas that they serve, promoted social inclusion and led to environmental gain, including a reduction in carbon emissions.
Read more about Leading Light: What Light Rail can do for City Regions Download file

Report

The cross-sector benefits of backing the bus

This report highlights how investing in bus services is key to achieving a wide range of policy objectives across Government. 

The report also finds that the way in which bus services are funded is mired in complexity, with no oversight within Whitehall of how the various funding streams from different Government departments impact on bus services overall.

Read more about The cross-sector benefits of backing the bus Download file

Report

Policy futures for urban transport

The latest edition of Policy futures for urban transport emphasises how a new deal on funding and powers is essential to keep the UK's cities moving forward.

The report sets out the 10 key policy changes that are needed to make cities healthier, fairer and more prosperous.

Read more about Policy futures for urban transport Download file

Report

Policy Futures

Policy futures for urban transport sets out how, with more focused governance in place, the city regions are delivering major investment programmes including on public transport, highways and active travel, and smart ticketing. The report says that - with the right national policy framework - further and faster progress can be made, including:

Read more about Policy Futures Download file

Report

Horizon scan of implications of technological and social change

This report aims to provide decision makers with a guide to the implications for urban transport of transformative social and technological change and how they can best respond. 

The report (which was produced in collaboration with Arup Foresight) identifies four key overarching trends: 

Read more about Horizon scan of implications of technological and social change Download file

Report

Ticket to Thrive: The role of urban public transport in tackling unemployment

This report reveals the vital role of public transport, and the bus in particular, in enabling people to find and sustain employment. Some 77% of jobseekers in British cities outside London do not have regular access to a car, van or motorbike and can face significant barriers to work as a result.

Read more about Ticket to Thrive: The role of urban public transport in tackling unemployment Download file

Report

LSTF Monitoring and Evaluation Guidance - Final Report

Building on the work of the Department for Transport, pteg commissioned AECOM to prepare additional guidance for PTEs and other Local Transport Authorities to assist in the monitoring and evaluation of Local Sustainable Transport Fund projects. The guidance provides a practical approach to developing cost effective and affordable monitoring and evaluation programmes.

Read more about LSTF Monitoring and Evaluation Guidance - Final Report Download file

Report

Total Transport - Working across sectors to achieve better outcomes

This report highlights the essential role of public transport, walking and cycling in achieving key health, social care and employment policy goals. It warns that this contribution could be put at risk unless there is more focus on collaborative, cross-sector funding and delivery of transport interventions.

Read more about Total Transport - Working across sectors to achieve better outcomes Download file

Report

Transport and Social Inclusion: Have we made the connections in our cities?

This report provides a general introduction to the social inclusion and transport agenda. A public transport network that promotes social inclusion is one that is available, accessible, affordable and acceptable. The report takes stock of progress towards creating such a network and considers potential next steps.

Read more about Transport and Social Inclusion: Have we made the connections in our cities? Download file

New approach needed to take the conflict out of the streets of the future, urges report

Person cycling in London
There are at least 160 legitimate calls on street space and they cannot all be met. A new report from Urban Movement for the Urban Transport Group calls for a fresh approach to remove the conflict from the competing demands for street space.

Transport has key role in shaping sustainable suburbs in post-COVID era, report finds

Man and boy on cargo bike
Transport has a key role to play in shaping a new and sustainable era for the suburbs, a new report from the Urban Transport Group says.

New transport technologies must promote equity and inclusion to deliver just transition to net zero, says report

Woman with e-bike
Embracing new technologies will play a key role in decarbonising transport and help towns and cities to achieve net zero emissions – but steps must also be taken to ensure that the way new technologies are applied does not marginalise some groups or reinforce existing inequalities.

MPs are right to call for urgent action to tackle bus decline, says Urban Transport Group

Woman boarding bus
MPs on the Transport Select Committee are “absolutely right” to call for urgent action to tackle bus decline in their new report into the health of the bus market in England.

National Infrastructure Commission is right to make devolved transport funding for cities a key test for Government’s future infrastructure plan

Bus
The National Infrastructure Commission’s call for Government to make devolved funding for urban transport to cities a key test of the Government’s forthcoming National Infrastructure Strategy is hugely welcome, says the Urban Transport Group.

Supporting bus services key to achieving policy goals of Government departments, report shows

Woman on bus
Investing in bus services is key to achieving a wide range of policy objectives across Government, a new report from the Urban Transport Group has shown.

South Yorkshire transport chief is new Chair of Urban Transport Group

Stephen Edwards
Stephen Edwards, the Executive Director of South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), is the new Chair of the Urban Transport Group.

‘Transit oriented development’ can help meet housing demand and reduce car-based urban sprawl, says report

The place to be visual
Placing transport at the heart of new building developments will help the UK to meet its demand for new homes and prevent car-based urban sprawl, a report from the Urban Transport Group says today.

Leading urban transport data tool relaunches with expansive range of new statistics

Data Hub on laptop
The country’s leading online tool for transport data in cities has been relaunched today to include an even wider range of transport-related statistics, such as congestion, road safety and satisfaction.

Transport crucial to achieving Government’s ‘Prevention is better than cure’ vision

Cyclist
The Urban Transport Group has today welcomed the Department of Health and Social Care’s ‘Prevention is better than cure’ vision, whilst also highlighting the crucial role that transport will play in achieving it.

Transport key to ‘putting towns back on the map’, says report

About towns report cover
Transport has a key role to play in helping the UK’s post-industrial towns to thrive – putting them firmly back on the map, a report by the Urban Transport Group finds today.

UK's largest urban transport authorities set out vision for future of transport in the city regions

Policy Futures

Following on from the EU referendum, the formation of a new Government and with the start of the party conference season, the Urban Transport Group has set out a vision for how UK transport policy could unfold in a way that will enable the nation’s largest urban areas to deliver inclusive growth in a smart and sustainable way.

New ‘Horizon Scan’ report sets out how forward thinking cities can respond to rapid technological and social change

Horizon Scan cityscape
A new report from pteg aims to provide city decision makers with a guide to the implications for urban transport of transformative social and technological change and how they can best respond. 

Give jobseekers a ‘ticket to thrive’: new report shows key role of public transport in tackling unemployment

Woman boarding bus
A new report from pteg has revealed the vital role of public transport, and the bus in particular, in enabling people to find and sustain employment.

pteg welcomes Transport Select Committee on passenger transport in isolated communities

Bus stop in West Yorkshire
pteg has welcomed today’s Select Committee report, and in particular the report’s backing for a major trial of ‘Total Transport’ which would pool currently separate funding flows and vehicle fleets across public transport, healthcare, education and social services.

New report shows bus key to achieving the policy goals of half of all Government departments across Whitehall

Bus in Manchester
A report published today by pteg finds that the bus is key to achieving 46 policy goals of 12 of the 24 Departments across Whitehall including the Department for Work and Pensions, HM Treasury, Department of Health, Department for Education and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

pteg responds to Campaign for Better Transport buses report

Woman boarding bus

Commenting on today's Campaign for Better Transport report on bus cuts ‘Buses in Crisis: A report on bus funding across England and Wales’, pteg Support Unit Director,  Jonathan Bray said:

Warning over concessionary travel 'timebomb'

Passengers on a bus in South Yorkshire
The leaders of the six largest urban transport authorities outside London today warned the national free bus travel scheme for older and disabled people is a financial ‘timebomb’ as the costs of the scheme rise and Government funding for it falls.

Tough times require fresh thinking on young people’s transport

Young people talking on a sofa - copyright British Youth Council
A new report published today by pteg - ‘Moving on: Working towards a better public transport offer for young people in tough times’ – aims to get local transport authorities thinking about how they can provide the best deal for young people on transport in a difficult economic climate.

Young people meet with Minister on how to make buses better

Young people outside Parliament at guide launch

Seven young campaigners aged 16 to 19 years old from the British Youth Council (BYC) and National Children’s Bureau (NCB) met with Norman Baker MP, Minister for Transport, in Westminster yesterday (Tuesday 6th March) to discuss how bus services could be improved for young people.

New report calls for ‘Total Transport’ approach to breaking down policy divides

Family walking past train station and bus stop
A new report published today by pteg - ‘Total Transport: Working across sectors to achieve better outcomes’ – highlights the essential role of public transport, walking and cycling in achieving key health, social care and employment policy goals.

Bus subsidy cuts would hit the poorest hardest

Press release
A new report examining the effects of bus fare increases on low income families, published today (27 July 2010) by pteg finds that families on the lowest incomes will be hardest hit by the fare increases that will follow if the Government scraps the financial support for bus services (known as BSOG).

Beeching-style threat to England's local bus networks

Bus outside Liverpool South Parkway
England’s local bus networks are at risk from Beeching-style cuts if the Government withdraws the only direct national funding as part of its spending review, a coalition of pro-public transport groups warned today.

New report calls for fresh perspective on transport’s role in promoting social inclusion

Press release
A new report, ‘Transport and Social Inclusion: Have we made the connections in our cities?’, published today by pteg calls for a stronger steer from the Department for Transport on how transport can be best used to promote social inclusion.

Cost of free bus travel could 'spiral out of control'

Press release
The cost of concessionary bus travel in England could spiral out of control even if the government plugs the current funding gaps, new research published today has revealed.

ITAs call on Government to retain special grants to fund concessionary passes

Concessionary pass holders on bus
In their response to the consultation on the administration of the national concessionary fares scheme, the largest transport authorities outside London have called on the Government to retain the ‘special grant’ that ITAs have used to successfully administer and support the scheme so far.

Funding boost for free fares scheme

Press release
City region transport authorities today welcomed the news that the Government is to provide them with a special grant to cover the cost of the go-anywhere, free off-peak bus travel scheme for older and disabled people, which starts next April.

'Over to You' consultation guide launched

Press release
pteg today launched a new good practice guide on involving the public in decision making on public transport.

90 delegates at pteg social exclusion conference

Press release
pteg sponsored a major Waterfront conference in Leeds on 23rd February on transport and social exclusion.

PTEs tackle social exclusion

Press release

Britain’s seven Passenger Transport Executives (PTEs) are pioneering innovative new ways to tackle social exclusion, a report published today shows.

Briefing

Social inclusion

Transport has a vital role to play in connecting people to opportunities, improving quality of life and accelerating our transition to net zero emissions. This briefing explores the role of transport in supporting social inclusion.
Read more about Social inclusion Download file

Briefing

Job access schemes - Briefing

Transport plays a major role in the decision making process about whether to apply for, accept or stay in employment. This briefing looks at job access schemes for supporting this decision making process and enabling people to overcome transport barriers to employment. It also considers how the core elements of these schemes can be secured, supported and extended.

Read more about Job access schemes - Briefing Download file

Briefing

Policy Futures - Young Peoples' concessions

This Policy Futures paper sets out the costs and benefits of different options for concessions for children and young people, and sets them in a wider policy context of achieving more effective overall policies in this area.

Read more about Policy Futures - Young Peoples' concessions Download file

Briefing

Concessionary Travel: The funding timebomb for PTEs

The English National Concessionary Travel Scheme has been highly successful in giving older and disabled people the freedom of free off‐peak bus travel. But the costs of the scheme are rising fast whilst funding is falling. This financial ‘timebomb’ will lead to severe cuts in other frontline transport services unless a sustainable funding solution can be found.

Read more about Concessionary Travel: The funding timebomb for PTEs Download file

Briefing

Transport and Social Inclusion: Have we made the connections in our cities?

This report provides a general introduction to the social inclusion and transport agenda. A public transport network that promotes social inclusion is one that is available, accessible, affordable and acceptable. The report takes stock of progress towards creating such a network and considers potential next steps.

Read more about Transport and Social Inclusion: Have we made the connections in our cities? Download file