§ Lord Fearn
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What investigations have been carried out to encourage rural transport partnership projects to develop visitor use of public transport. [HL996]
§ Lord Whitty
Defra, through the Countryside Agency, has promoted the use of rural transport partnership funding to help develop the public transport options available to visitors in rural areas. The Countryside Agency has produced a leafletThe rural transport partnership for tourists and visitors to promote the use of rural transport partnership funding for visitor-related projects. Since 2001, these initiatives have resulted in 68 rural transport partnership schemes aimed at visitor access to the countryside encouraging visitor use of public transport.
The Countryside Agency also works through Transport for Leisure to provide the Sustainable Visitor Transport Advisory Service. This has helped develop a further 10 projects developing visitor use of public transport.