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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.


Latest updates:

The Buses Bill: What's in it for rural services?
24 March 2017
The Buses Bill must deliver for rural communities, argues Claire Walters, of Bus Users UK. (RSN Online)

Council approves extra £4.6m for transport
8 March 2017
Devon County Council has added an additional £4.6million to its budget for transport improvements (North Devon Gazette)

Over 2,000 sign up to rural bus service scheme
26 February 2017
MORE than 2,000 commuters have signed up to use a groundbreaking online rural bus service in North Lincolnshire called Call Connect. (Scunthorpe Telegraph)

Hand transport powers to 'small town England'
9 January 2017
A new report has called for ‘small town England’ to be given new devolved powers over transport and other issues to help it deliver the government’s Industrial Strategy. (Transport Network)

Rural bus routes saved from axe
23 February 2017
Threatened rural bus routes in the Melton borough have been saved after county councillors shelved plans to cut £1.3 million of subsidies. (Melton Times)

Funding secured for rural community minibuses
19 March 2017
FUNDING has been secured from central government for minibuses which will boost transport links in rural communities around the Tees Valley. (The Northern Echo)

Meeting to discuss Dorset community transport
13 March 2017
A Community Transport Day has been organised for Thursday 6 April at the Town Hall, School Road, Gillingham. (Blackmore Vale Magazine)

Funding for transport improvements
19 March 2017
AN additional £4.6-million has been added to Devon County Council’s budget for transport improvements for the coming financial year. (Okehampton Times)

Lightweight trains could be key rural rail line
24 February 2017
A TRIAL of lightweight trains could help see campaigners’ vision of re-opening a long-disused rail line between Aberystwyth and Carmarthen become a reality. (Cambrian Times)

Grants available for local transport schemes
23 March January 2017
DORSET County Council is offering grants of up to £5,000 to support communities wanting to set up their own local transport scheme, with grants also available to existing schemes. (View News)

Town shuttle goes on its inaugural route
23 March 2017
THE inaugural route of the Holsworthy Rural Community Transport’s (HRCT) new ‘Town Shuttle’ took place this month (Holsworthy Post)

Bus cuts ‘create transport deserts’
13 March 2017
Cuts to funding for vital bus services are turning parts of Yorkshire into “transport deserts”, campaigners have warned, calling for greater powers for local authorities. (Yorkshire Post)

Over-50s have say on rural transport
14 March 2017
Older people in West Cumbria are being urged to come together this week to discuss rural transport issues and solutions. (Times & Star)


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.

DEFRA sign

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