Conducting an audit of existing transport services provides you with a clear picture of all services and destinations available to your community. This could include:
- bus and train services
- community transport services
- services provided by community groups (volunteers, charities, local churches)
For each type of transport, you should ask the following questions:
- Who can use this service?
- Which destinations does it serve?
- What times/days does the service run?
Your audit could also include transport services available to neighbouring communities or parishes. It may be possible to expand a neighbouring service to include your community, or to develop a joint service with other parishes.
Audit example and template
Hampshire County Council
Useful resources to help you identify transport services operating in your area.
- Travel guides, timetables and maps for Hampshire transport services
- Alternatives to public transport information on other transport options in Hampshire
- Community transport search register of community transport, taxishares, carshares and private hire taxi services
- Good Neighbours Network map of voluntary care groups in Hampshire
Some organisations may have created a 'travel plan'. This is a document that identifies potential travel issues, consults with the people affected and puts in place plans to address them.
Travel plans will be a useful source of information for your audit. Speak to local schools, businesses, train stations and other community organisations to find out if they have conducted a travel plan.