Latest transport headlines impacting rural areas

Latest headlines:


Time for action stations over transport investment

4 May 2019

A radical improvement of our transport network is one of the most pressing issues we face, says MP Rachel Reeves. (Yorkshire Post)


Government funds bus industry to improve air quality

21 March 2019

The government has confirmed it will support 14 local authorities through a £25 million funding boost to the Clean Bus Technology Fund. (Defra, Department for Transport)


Rural economy undermined by 'inattention and apathy'

27 April 2019

A new strategy tailored to the specific needs of countryside communities is urgently needed, says Norfolk peer Lord Dannatt. (Eastern Daily Press)


'Lifeline' bus services under threat

26 March 2019

Routes could be cut, Saturday services lost and journeys reduced in proposed bus service changes in Shropshire. (BBC Online)


Bus revolution to put power in passengers' hands

26 March 2019

Rural bus services could be overhauled thanks to a new digital system pioneered by the government. (Department for Transport)


Labour pledges to reverse cuts to 3,000 bus routes

25 April 2019

Labour is pledging to spend £1.3bn a year to reverse cuts to 3,000 bus routes and fund the expansion of new services in England. (BBC Online)


Community transport groups left 'in limbo'

28 April 2019

Community transport groups have been left in limbo over the future of services after a national row has called into question rural transport services. (Gazette & Herald)


Rural transport: How long will my commute take by bus?

2 April 2019

Flick Humphrey usually drives from her village to her work 17 miles away in Cirencester. She attempted the journey by bus for BBC Radio 5 Live. (BBC Online)


Peers call for strategies to improve rural areas

29 April 2019

Local authorities should develop their own strategies for realising the ‘potential in struggling and under-performing’ rural areas, a House of Lords committee has said. (LocalGov)


No such thing as ‘rural transport problem’

3 May 2019

It is ‘very easy’ to provide high quality public transport to rural communities, concludes a new study comparing approaches to transport in Britain, Sweden, Germany and Switzerland. (LocalGov))


Consultation begins on school transport proposals

25 March 2019

A 12-week consultation is looking at the future for funding school transport in North Yorkshire. (North Yorkshire County Council)


Rise in electric community car schemes in Wales

23 April 2019

New community electric car schemes are being set up around Wales, in an attempt to give people better transport links in rural areas. (BBC Online)


£20k boost to keep hopper bus going

12 April 2019

The future of a community bus service which helps people get to hospital appointments has been secured after a £20,000 cash boost. (Clacton Gazette)


Open data to improve rural services

26 March 2019

The government is hoping to transform rural bus services with a digital system that opens up bus location data to developers. (IT Pro)


Councillor voices concerns over bus pass eligibility

25 March 2019

A council’s plan to remove bus pass eligibility on a public transport service could increase isolation, according to an opposition councillor. (Suffolk Free Press)


Ring and Ride services 'to continue' after ATG 'saved'

26 March 2019

A firm which runs Ring and Ride and school transport services for thousands of people will continue operating after funding was found. (BBC Online)

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