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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:

Bus Services Act 2017
This paper explains the policy background to and contents and purpose of the Bus Services Act 2017. It will be updated as the Act is brought into force and implemented over coming years.(


Buses in Crisis, 2017
In early 2017 we made over 100 Freedom of Information requests to local councils to get a full picture of recent bus cuts; the findings are deeply concerning..... (Campaign for Better Transport)


Rural transport and jobs are growing problem
6 April 2017
Market owner and auctioneer Mike Williams explains how rural communities like his are changing – often for the worse. (Daily Mirror)


If we don't drive people to hospital, who will?
31 March 2017
Transport cuts have left rural elderly and vulnerable patients dependant on volunteers to reach hospital. (Daily Mirror)

New minibus for town's community groups
8 May 2017
Community groups in Cockermouth welcome the arrival of a town minibus. (Times & Star)

Coffee raises funds for transport scheme
7 May 2017
A SPECIAL coffee morning is being held in Droitwich to raise funds for the town’s transport scheme. (Droitwich Standard)

Lottery to support community car service
9 May 2017
A community car organisers have launched a weekly lottery to raise money to run their door-to-door transportation service. (Pocklington Post)

Transport scheme gets £3k from supermarket
28 April 2017
A COMMUNITY transport organisation has been given a helping hand in its fundraising after a Calne supermarket awarded it thousands of pounds. (Gazette & Herald)

Residents call for better transport to surgery
29 April 2017
A newly opened surgery has not considered transport for the elderly, say local residents. (Braintree & Witham Times)

Rural minibus service launched in Surrey
31 March 2017
The East Surrey Rural Transport Partnership has launched a new accessible minibus service. (Tandridge Today)

Bus service to resume – on reduced basis
10 May 2017
A bus service on Skye will return on a reduced basis – three weeks after it was axed. (Press & Journal)

Charity successful in minibus application
12 April 2017
An Essex from Southend can help more disabled people in the community after being successful in their application to a Department of Transport scheme for a new 16-seat minibus. (The Enquirer)

Ring and ride transport service saved
13 April 2017
A pair of community transport groups have stepped in to save a ring and ride service for frail, elderly and disabled people. (Totnes Times)

Rural bus services protected after consultation
4 April 2017
Herefordshire's rural bus services are to be protected following a public consultation, it has been confirmed. (Ledbury Reporter)

Groups win grants to get on the road
11 April 2017
Two community groups in Bedfordshire have been awarded funding to buy new minibuses to help keep people on the move. (Luton Today)

'Use or lose' town shuttle bus service
5 April 2017
A Holsworthy Rural Community Transport representative explains the service to the local town council. (Bude & Stratton Post)

Communities buy minibuses in Kent
5 April 2017
Six community groups have received a cash boost to buy new minibuses and help keep people on the move. (Kent News)

New Wisbech bus link plan revealed
5 April 2017
A new town bus service is to be launched for Wisbech, following the appointment of an operator to run the route. (Fenland Citizen


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

T: 01822 813641
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First Group

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