The Government has launched a consultation on the future of rural transport with drone deliveries, digital mapping, apps and e-bikes among the initiatives being considered to improve transport connectivity in rural areas.
The consultation comes as the Department for Transport (DfT) also publishes its response to the Future of Transport regulatory review.
The DfT suggests that the distance between a person’s home and their nearest mass transport hub is often around five miles in rural areas, making it a major barrier to accessing public transport and services.
It wants to address this by linking different digital platforms together to allow people in rural areas to plan, book and pay for travel all in one place, and to link journeys over multiple modes.
Ways to encourage active travel such as e-bikes,digital-mapping technology and apps are also being considered along with delivery methods such as drone deliveries and e-cargo bikes.
The feasibility of fully automated and passenger services operating in rural areas will also be examined, and small electric aircraft may be able to move goods and people efficiently, particularly in communities.
Transport Minister Rachel Maclean said: "This call for evidence will give us a unique opportunity to harness the community spirit of rural areas to understand how innovation in transport can benefit the people and communities that need it most.
"Now more than ever, it is important that we use the power of transport to build back greener, and transform how people and goods move around the UK."