Minimum Standards of Accessibility


One of the principal problems about transport social exclusion is defining the extent to which accessibility problems are actually related to levels of exclusion.  While accessibility levels can always usefully be improved, understanding whether these improvements change perceptions of social exclusion depends on the extent to which people feel excluded.  This is likely to vary from user to user, but in order to provide helpful policy advice, it is necessary to take a slightly broader brush approach. Clearly accessibility levels vary both between groups of people, and between different geographies. Accessibility, except in some city centres, is invariably higher for those who have regular access to a car, thus these people are less likely to be defined as socially excluded by transport.

Thus the aim of the benchmarking module was to try to determine, for various groups of travellers generally considered socially excluded, what was likely to constitute a “reasonable” level of accessibility, with sufficient accuracy to understand what the accessibility implications would be, for the reduction of social exclusion, of given changes in provision.


Please see right column on this page for further information on Benchmarks.

Key Documents


E: Juliet Solomon

E: Dr Helena Titheridge


Joint research by

LMet University-
Cities Institute


Centre for Transport Studies