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Public Transport (Country Visits)

Volume 115: debated on Wednesday 29 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure that public transport facilities exist to enable those who do not own, or have access to, a car to visit the countryside for the purpose of informal outdoor recreation, especially at weekends, as recommended by Countryside Commission.

The aim of the Government's policy is to enable bus and coach operators to respond to public demand, for both work and recreational journeys. I have no reason to doubt that they will be eager to respond to the Countryside Commission's initiatives to promote wider enjoyment of the countryside by providing services to meet any new demand.