THE Government-funded Countryside Agency is studying ways of improving one of life’s most tedious problems for rural families: transport for young people in isolated areas so that they can improve their work, study and social lives.
"Mum/Dad, can you take me to the youth club/evening class/barbecue/disco tonight?" are questions that often cause friction in country families with only one car and poor access to public transport.
The agency has a range of grants and advice available to help community groups set up their own transport partnerships but it recognises that transport for young people – who represent 30% of the rural population - represent a particular problem.
It is particularly impressed by a scheme operating on the borders of the Yorkshire Dales in Bowland. Ribble Valley Youth Link provides transport to and from a flourishing youth centre at Bowland High School.