re-blue-large A service provided by Rural England CIC in association with Calor and the Rural Services Network

transport-button-relies-webResearch has consistently identified the overwhelming need for public transport in rural areas. The groups of people most directly affected are set out in many reports as follows:




Older people. Many elderly people are unable to drive, in which case passenger transport is their only option. Older people use cars less and travel by passenger transport more than the middle-aged. Rural populations are ageing faster than their urban counterparts.
Younger people. Youth parliaments consistently identify access to public transport as a prime concern. Young people need affordable bus services in order to give them a chance to take up opportunities in education and work, and to take the first steps to independence. Like older people, younger people use cars less and travel by passenger transport more than the middle-aged. Young people make significantly fewer car journeys than in the past.
Unemployed people. Passenger transport is essential for unemployed people, because it allows them both to sign on at a jobcentre and to look for work.
People with low incomes. Low-income families are more dependent than others on public transport. People in the lowest income quintile make three times more journeys by bus than people in the highest income quintile.
Disabled people. Passenger transport allows disabled people to access employment and community and family life. Some 60% of disabled people have no car in the household, and disabled people use buses about 20% more frequently than the non-disabled population.
Businesses. Local businesses rely on buses. Shoppers travel by bus to market towns from surrounding rural communities, particularly to the high street which means that poor public transport provision is a barrier for local economic growth. Over 50% of businesses consider buses have a role in recruitment and retention.

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 851370
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First Group

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