Stuck in the country: it's not just cities that need decent transport
Cuts to rural transport have hit buses, trains and cycling. Communities and councils are rallying round, but it’s an uphill task
Seventeen year old Elise Harbud lives in a small rural village, and travels daily into Cambridge to attend her sixth form college. Because she is in the 16-18 age group, Harbud is obliged by law to attend either school or training, but she has no matching statutory right to school transport – and two thirds of local authorities no longer provide any free travel to school or college for over-16s.
Harbud is lucky that Cambridgeshire council has brokered a deal with local train operators so that 16- to 18-year-olds can travel all across the county’s rail network at half price rates. Her annual pass still costs £480, which her mum opts to pay in instalments.
Source: Guardian Transport