Additional Benefits of Community Transport
In 2019, the Office for National Statistics found that, as a sector, transport remained by far the largest source of national carbon emissions, accounting for over 34% of all emissions. Of this, the large majority of emissions were from road transport. As a result of the efficiency of using multi-person vehicles, ABILITY hopes to help tackle this problem by reducing the number individual journeys people take. More passengers on our buses means less cars on the road, which will help to reduce harmful emissions and improve air quality.
We are also reducing emissions by using a logistics planning IT system which optimises all our journeys to reduce dead mileage and wasted petrol. Unlike conventional public transport services, which must follow a fixed route regardless of if there are passengers on the bus or not, we utilise the quickest route possible, using 70% less fuel than average buses. In doing so, we hope to increase transport efficiency and decrease congestion on busy roads.
Our commitment to tackling environmental issues head on will be further boosted in the years to come, with ABILITY drawing up plans which would see our current buses replaced with a fleet of fully electric minibuses. Not only will these efforts contribute towards maintaining a clean and green environment locally, but widespread small-scale changes such as these will also be instrumental to achieving the national transition to carbon neutrality by 2050.
At ABILITY we believe passionately that we can provide significant benefits to the wider community by helping to support its fantastic local businesses and cultural sites, boosting economic growth.
As a transport provider, we aim to make it easier for people to get to where they need to be. Many of our passengers often have no alternative means of travel, meaning we help them get out and about more often than they otherwise might, to visit shops, markets, cultural outlets, and other services. In doing so, Ability is encouraging the continued growth of a thriving economy by supporting local businesses in some of the county’s most vibrant towns.
In rural counties, strong linkages between rural villages and larger market towns are essential for achieving economic cohesion. A comprehensive transport network that reaches all members of the community will be vital in ensuring robust economic growth which leaves no area behind.