This briefing describes a multidimensional definition of transport poverty. It outlines the causes of transport poverty within and beyond the transport system and details how transport poverty can influence health and health inequalities.

The purpose is to inform discussion and shape future policy, action and evaluation to ensure the causes of transport poverty are addressed and that there are more equitable transport options for all.

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Last updated: 12 January 2024
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