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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:


Community transport scheme given cash injection
31 May 2017
An "essential" community transport service has been given a boost to stay on the road thanks to a cash injection. (Bridport News)


Decision to terminate shuttle bus is ‘great pity’
21 June 2017
Holsworthy Rural Community Transport (HRCT) trustees have taken the decision to withdraw the Town Shuttle Service due to insufficient use. (Bude & Stratton Post)


Greens want transport to help us live 'larger lives'
20 May 2017
The Green Party has pledged to create ‘a people’s transport system’ that makes it easy for people to leave the car at home. (Transport News)


Council leader calls for completed transport projects
10 June 2017
The leader of Guildford Borough Council has called on other authorities to get their infrastructure projects done so the council can deliver on its draft local plan. (Get Surrey)


Ideal time to bring school buses up to date
18 May 2017
The news that the Bright Bus service will come to an end in a few weeks has startled plenty of parents who rely on their green buses. (Sheffield Telegraph)


Raising awareness of rural community transport
16 June 2017
A CHARITY transport group in Okehampton is hosting an event for people to learn about the services available as part of Community Transport Awareness Week. (Tavistock Times Gazette)


Two Devon bus routes saved from axed
23 May April 2017
Two Teignbridge bus routes have been saved from the axe by a district mobility charity. (Devon Live)


CILT report in focus: Big changes for transport over the next 25 years
30 May 2017
A new report by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport examines a range of issues relating to transport over the next 25 years and looks at potential new technologies. (Fleet World)


Sixth form transport price hike 'discriminates' against rural families
19 May 2017
A HIKE in school bus fares has sparked fury in the community - with a campaign fighting back for the sake of rural families. (Bedfordshire Today)


On the buses – mobile cinema arrives in Hay-on-Wye
31 May 2017
A community transport minibus has been converted to a temporary cinema - to show a film about the service. (Brecon & Radnor Express)


Driving force behind community transport
21 June 2017
Two Dawlish community transport workers have been recognised for their hard work and dedication to East Teignbridge Community Transport. (Dawlish Gazette)


Community transport group launches new service
26 May 2017
The Fenland Association for Community Transport (FACT) has launched a new service in Wisbech. (Wisbech Standard)


Community transport volunteer receives award
21 June 2017
A BIG-hearted Droitwich volunteer has been praised with a top county award. (Worcester News)


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