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Bus Services: Rural Areas

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 137830, tabled on 1 February 2023

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for how long each Rural Mobility Fund demand responsive transport pilot will last; when (a) interim and (b) final findings from these pilots will be published; and what form those findings will take.

Answered on

8 February 2023

The Rural Mobility Fund demand responsive transport pilots are planned to last between two and five years from the point of launch. They have all launched at different times, influenced by multiple factors such as vehicle availability and resourcing, so the end of each trial period may vary from the original timeframes envisaged.

We expect to publish interim findings in the first half of 2023, further findings in late 2023/early 2024, and the final findings in 2025 in the form of written reports. However, the exact timings and dissemination approach will be determined closer to the time.