The Older People's Commissioner for Wales says local transport is 'vital' for older people, who need the services to get around and feel independent.
It comes as a report by WRVS warns that many older people feel isolated by lack of public transport in their area.
The importance of good transport to help to give older people lives that have value, meaning and purpose must not be overlooked. Local transport is vital to help older people get to their GP, hospital or to go shopping, but it's so much more than that. It helps older people remain part of their community, allows them to visit family and friends, take part in the social activities they enjoy, and helps to stop people becoming lonely and isolated, which can have devastating consequences on people's health and wellbeing.
I welcome this report from WRVS, which not only highlights the negative impact that a lack of accessible transport can have on older people's lives, but also shows how further reductions in both traditional transport services and innovative community-based schemes, like those run by WRVS, could make the situation worse.
– Sarah Rochira, Older People's Commissioner for Wales