The Potential Role of Flexible Transport Services in Enhancing Rural Public Transport Provision

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date


Subject Area

place - europe, place - rural, mode - demand responsive transit


rural, remote, flexible transport services (FTS), Scotland, challenges


This paper explores the existing context of public transport provision in rural and remote areas illustrated with experience from Scotland. A critical review of existing Flexible Transport Services (FTS) in rural areas is provided and illustrated with selected case studies, with the objective of identifying the extent to which FTS can enhance the public transport offer. Findings confirm that FTS offers considerable potential to contribute to and support the public transport system in rural areas; however, the paper also identifies the many challenges in successful development or enhancement of FTS in rural areas.


Permission to publish the abstract has been given by NCTR, copyright remains with them.