Guide to energy and publicly accessible transport in rural areas published

Friday, 24 July 2015

REPUTE Guide cover

Two Oxford Brookes academics have published a guide based on the findings of the REPUTE (Renewable Energy in PUblic Transport Enterprise) project.

This 18-month EU Atlantic Area project was established in January 2014 with the aim of developing and promoting the use of renewable energy in public transport in a rural or semi-rural context.

Our aim was to provide valuable information for policy makers, transport operators and communities

Professor Allan Hutchinson, Head of the Sustainable Vehicle Engineering Centre

The REPUTE Guide, produced by Professor Allan Hutchinson and Professor Denise Morrey from the University’s Faculty of Design Technology and Environment, explores how each of the regions in the Atlantic Area can learn from each other and keep up with the pace of development within larger, more populated, regions.

It provides examples of innovative large- and small-scale transport schemes from different countries, including the REPUTE pilot projects.

The transport sector is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions. People in rural areas typically travel 50% further than their counterparts in urban areas and most of these journeys are undertaken by bus or car.

The Brookesbus which uses Formula 1 inspired gyrodrive technology which is environmentally effective and cost-effective

This REPUTE Guide provides the context and motivation for catalysing transport changes. It showcases a number of imaginative initiatives that connect people to rural public transport hubs through community-run schemes, shared ownership of transport resources and bespoke on-demand services.

It shows that the key drivers for change include community engagement, fund-raising at a local level, local energy initiatives and policies and the introduction of cost-effective, energy-saving, technologies.

The final part of the guide provides a set of case studies that describe activities and solutions to particular challenges.

Professor Hutchinson commented: "The guide sets out the unique sets of public transport related challenges faced by peripheral communities and provides recommendations on how to address them. Our aim was to provide valuable information for policy makers, transport operators and communities".