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Access to rural transport and the fight against rural crime examined

23 November 2018


The Select Committee on the Rural Economy examines access to public transport in rural areas and its impact on the local economy. In the second session, the Committee takes evidence on the particular challenges facing police in the fight against rural crime.


Tuesday 27 November in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 9.45am

  • Ben Colson, Chair, Bus Users UK
  • Darren Shirley, CEO, Campaign for Better Transport
  • John Birtwistle, Head of Policy - UK Bus, FirstGroup plc

At 10.45am

  • Julia Mulligan, Chair, National Rural Crime Network
  • Deputy Chief Constable Craig Naylor, Lead for Rural Crime, National Police Chiefs' Council

Areas of discussion

  • What are the options for young people living in rural areas who need to travel to apprenticeships, jobs or further education?
  • What role does the charity and voluntary sector play in the delivery of transport services?
  • Is the charity and voluntary sector expanding services or simply filling gaps where the statutory and private sector has pulled out?
  • What are the main pressures that commercial bus providers face when providing services to rural areas?
  • What impact have funding cuts had on the ability of rural police forces to effectively manage the caseload in rural areas?
  • What level of coordination is there among police forces when it comes to tackling rural crime?
  • Is there a gap between the perception or fear of crime and the reality of crime in rural areas?
  • Are there emerging technological solutions that will help address rural crime?

Further information

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