Around 12 per cent of people living in Wales have no access to public transport links in their local area, according to a new study by active travel charity Sustrans.
The charity warned that little has improved since its previous report on transport poverty published a decade ago, with rising fares and cuts to services leaving thousands without adequate access to public transport.
Director of Sustrans Cymru, Christine Boston called for “decisive action” on transport to create a Wales “where absolutely everyone has the freedom and ability to travel affordably, sustainably, and safely”.
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The report examined the scale of “transport poverty” across Wales, defined as a household needing to spend 10 per cent or more of their income on running a car, regardless of whether they actually have one or not.
It found that more than 50 per cent of households face transport poverty in all but two of Wales’ local authorities, demonstrating a need for “centralised solutions”, Sustrans said.
More than one in five (23 per cent) of people in Wales have no access to a car or van, and are badly affected by poor public transport links, according to the report.