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Running on emptyTransport, social exclusion and environmental justice.$
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Karen Lucas

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345707

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345707.001.0001

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Conclusions from the UK experience

Conclusions from the UK experience

(p.144) (p.145) Eight Conclusions from the UK experience
Running on empty

Karen Lucas

Policy Press

This chapter summarises the main points raised in the UK chapters and identifies the overall strengths and weaknesses of the social exclusion and accessibility planning approach. The UK case studies (Chapters Four to Seven) demonstrate that there is already a lot of good practice happening ‘on the ground’ and, for transport authorities such as Merseytravel, which has been championing a social-equity agenda in transport for more than ten years, the SEU policies will simply help to reinforce the good work that is already going on. There is also an important role for the community-transport sector aimed at improving transport for socially excluded groups and communities. However, there are still some significant barriers and risks, such as short termism and over-simplification of the problem; under-resourcing and competing funding priorities; legislative and institutional barriers; and reconciling social concerns about transport.

Keywords:   UK, social exclusion, accessibility planning, transport authorities, Merseyland, community-transport sector, short termism

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