Social Exclusion, Transport & Austerity Measures: When Policy Meets Reality

Jacquie Bridgman*, Liam Fassam, Mils Hills

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper describes the gulf between policy aspirations as set out in official
government documents and the reality at the user level for those who would
benefit most from those aspirations. The authors employ a lens shaped by two
critical aspects of transport - accessibility and access to jobs - to set out the
evidence-based objectives established by policy-makers in two landmark reports.
By way of contrast, research undertaken by the University of Northampton is then
presented which demonstrates the dispiriting effects of current planning and
decision-making that has embedded inequality and exclusion rather than eroded
it. The paper concludes in optimistic style by previewing how the spirit of policy
aspirations to increase physical accessibility and availability of transport can be
met through services developed in a participatory manner and that harness
innovation for the public good. Notably, these solutions break with traditional
local authority approaches and embrace the third and private sectors.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 28 May 2019
EventWorld Conference in Transport Research - Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India
Duration: 26 May 201931 May 2019


ConferenceWorld Conference in Transport Research
Abbreviated titleWCTRS2019


  • Transport Poverty, Social Exclusion, Transport


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