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What could be done at a local level?
Local transport partnership strategies – Local authorities can co-develop travel to learn strategies and policies with colleges, universities and employers. A number of colleges use their funding to either subsidise or provide bus travel to their learners. Some universities have identified access to transport as an area of support within their Access and Participation plans. Collaboration will result in an increased benefit-cost ratio for these subsidies and initiatives.
Flexibility in delivery – Colleges and universities should consider producing targeted timetables for their provision where they recruit students from areas with known transport poverty issues. If you are aware a course attracts learners from areas experiencing transport poverty, could you adapt your timetable to alleviate these barriers? If you use blended delivery, can the in-person delivery take place after 9am and finish before the majority of buses/trains stop in the evening?
Reducing the cost – There could be targeted reduced fares for all students and apprentices, regardless of age or if they are in full-time or part-time study. Increasing the number of students using public transport will enhance viability and availability for elements of society within rural communities. It will also have the added sustainability impact of reducing the number of car journeys or the need for parking. Learners of all ages will have an increased ability to access higher paid employment, particularly supporting areas most impacted by the reduction in available labour.