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Rural transport faces many challenges.

They range from high petrol and diesel costs as a percentage of household budgets to the lack of public transport in many areas and the threats to its survival in others.

Changes to public transport subsidies make community-run initiatives increasingly important to a growing number of rural residents.

The topic has rarely been bigger or more pressing.

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 Latest updates:


The decline of the bus – and what can be done about it
19 January 2018
Why have many Britons fallen out of love with the bus? The answer is far more complex than simply higher fares and budgets cuts. (iNews)

Researchers to help with green rural transport
9 January 2018
A consortium of partners from across Europe has been awarded funding to take forward a project on green transport in rural areas. (Robert Gordon University)

Rural elderly endure 'painful' hospital journeys
17 January 2018
Elderly people are having to endure painful journeys to and from hospital because transport is not up to scratch, it is claimed. (Times & Star)

Proposed cuts to rural bus routes rejected
23 January 2018
West Norfolk councillors voted to stop budget cuts to bus subsidies and gritting routes after they were told communities could be ‘set back decades’. (Lynn news)

Villages speed towards new rural travel hubs
5 January 2018
Three South Cambridgeshire villages have been proposed as possible areas for new “rural travel hubs” (Cambridge Network)

£700k pothole fund to tackle poor state of roads 
12 January 2018
THE six-figure amount of money destined to fix the pothole-ridden roads of South Lakeland and Copeland has been revealed. (North-West Mail)

Villagers greet new bus route to restore lost links
3 January 2018
LUNE Valley campaigners say they are delighted a new bus service will restore lost rural transport links to villagers this spring. (Westmorland Gazette)

Mum calls for fairer transport policy for sixth-formers
21 January 2018
The mother of two teenagers is campaigning for free transport to their catchment area school for pupils up to the age of 18. (Newark Advertiser)

Bus service axe is blow to residents
1 January 2018
The cancellation of a "well-used" bus service has left residents unable to travel to work, it has been claimed. (Braintree & Witham Times)

Funding formula unfit for rural areas
12 January 2018
Education leaders say it is imperative the Government recognises the additional expense in educating children in sparsely populated areas. (The Northern Echo)

Funding provides two new minibuses for community
22 January 2018
ST DAVIDS has a new community minibus, thanks to the Welsh Government, Pembrokeshire County Council and a local charity shop. (County Echo)

Riders feel like ‘poor relations’ on roads, report finds
11 January 2018
Riders feel like the “poor relations” on roads and are not treated with the same respect as drivers, a new study has shown. (Horse & Hound)

Community transport scheme gets £200 boost 
18 January 2018
Droitwich Community Transport, which takes residents on social trips to encourage social inclusion, has received funding from the town’s Rotary Club. (Droitwich Standard)

Translink 'needs £13m' to fund unprofitable local buses
23 January 2018
People living in rural communities could be left without local bus services because they are not profitable. (BBC Online)


RSN Rural Transport News

Latest news from the Rural Services Network

Rural Transport Analysis

In depth articles from the Rural Services Network

Government announcements

Latest reports and statistics

Transport Toolkit

Transport Toolkit

Produced by the Campaign to Protect Rural England, this toolkit aims to improve local transport choices - especially in rural areas.


In The Community

Calor has a long history of supporting not only the local areas in which it works, but also the rural communities it serves.

Rural Minibus

Community Transport

Help address your community's rural transport needs using this topic sheet from ACRE and the Community Transport Association.

Commission for Rural Communities

Transport Archive

Archived documents relating to rural transport issues from the former Commission for Rural Communities.

Transport Map

Local Transport Plans

Your council publishes a local transport plan to maintain and improve transport in your area.

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Rural Accessibility

Accessing key services by public transport is important in terms of social inclusion as well as service delivery, says DEFRA.


Rural Vulnerability Service
Sponsored by Calor, the Rural Vulnerability Service is a information service brought to you by Rural England CIC in association with the Rural Services Network.


Calor was set up 75 years ago with the intention of bringing clean, efficient and modern energy to rural Britain. This focus continues today with 75 per cent of Calor's business in the British countryside.


Calor supports efforts to tackle climate change and fuel poverty. As an energy provider, it wants rural communities to have a strong voice in the energy efficiency debate – and the same opportunity to reduce carbon emissions and fuel costs as exists in urban on-grid areas.


For details about Calor's work with rural communities, click here.

Inside Government

Reports & Publications
For reports & publications on transport, please click here.

OFS Statistics

Transport Statistics
For UK National Statistics on travel and transport, please click here.
More Information

For full details about our Rural Vulnerability Service, contact:

David Inman
Rural Services Network
Kilworthy Park
PL19 0BZ

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First Group

Our Transport Partner
The transport partner for the Rural Services Network is FirstGroup plc