Car-sharing is set to become an essential means of rural transport, if seven out of ten councils carry out their plans to cut their bus services.
According to the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT), the cuts will leave many areas totally cut off from public transport.
“We very much support the CBT’s campaign to save the UK’s bus services,” said Ali Clabburn, Liftshare’s founder. “But if local authorities do still go ahead and axe these services, bus users throughout the UK will need an affordable alternative.
“Many bus users don’t have access to a car, or can’t afford to drive everywhere. There are free, public car-share schemes throughout the UK which would keep their journeys affordable, safe, sociable and less polluting than driving alone.”
Stuart from Torrington has already found car-sharing to be invaluable where bus routes are lacking. He told us: “When you commute 48 miles to work, it can be hard work - when you have a seizure and can't drive for 12 months, it’s near on impossible. With the buses so rare, car-sharing was my only hope - luckily, the website came through.”
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