Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Connecting Remote Communities

Summary and Conclusions

This report explores the accessibility challenges that people face in remote areas. It demonstrates how state support can ensure access to essential services and reduce social and economic isolation where private markets fail to provide adequate transport connections. It provides a classification of policy interventions in different countries and reviews common design and implementation challenges. Finally, it analyses different approaches to determine the appropriate level of state support for transport in remote communities.

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Policy Insights

  • Develop objectives for the accessibility of remote communities.
  • Establish workable definitions of remoteness and isolation to compare accessibility across regions.
  • Adapt appraisal tools to account for all costs and benefits of providing good connectivity for remote regions.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of support schemes for better connecting remote communities.
  • Develop integrated accessibility plans to link transport and basic services.
  • Support innovations that could reduce costs or improve service quality.

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