Funding was awarded earlier this week to 12 organisations across England to understand how transport can play a role in helping people who are feeling lonely.

Millions of people across England are struggling with feelings of loneliness, which were exacerbated by the pandemic. The government is committed to tackling loneliness, by building the evidence base for what can alleviate this problem. Findings from the pilots will be used to inform how future transport schemes can contribute to reducing loneliness in communities. The funding includes support for older people using public transport after the pandemic, autism awareness training for staff across the transport network and a group electric cycling scheme.

Successful organisations ranges from Age UK, Living Streets, Community Transport Association, Bikeworks CIC, Community Rail Network and more. For more information, please visit here.