Spotlight on Vulnerability - Transport Edition (December 2018)

Welcome to the latest Spotlight on Transport - brought to you by the Rural Services Network and the Rural England CIC in association with Calor.

The vulnerability service aims to disseminate information about three key rural issues: fuel poverty, broadband and rural transport.

Rural transport faces many threats - ranging from fuel costs through to the lack of public and community transport in many areas.

The topic has rarely been bigger or more pressing.

Changes to public transport subsidies make community-run initiatives increasingly important.

Latest headlines:
Rural public transport is in crisis – report

5 December 2018

Rural transport is in a state of crisis, with bus cuts and shrinking transport networks leaving communities cut off. (Campaign for Better Transport)

Report calls for long-term approach to rural transport

1 December 2018

A report calling for a change in mind-set on how the county’s buses are run is scrutinised by councillors. (Worcester News)

Rural areas could face 'spiral of decline' from Brexit

23 November 2018

Poor rural transport could be made worse by the UK leaving the EU, say academics in the north of England. (Chronicle Live)

Replacement buses to plug service cuts in rural areas

20 December 2018

BUS services facing the axe in Warwickshire are now set to continue. (Leamington Observer)

Green driving machine for community car club

12 December 201

North Wales’s first ever community car club has been given the thumbs-up by two of the region’s top politicians. (Wales 247)

Revealed: How extra £7.7m of transport funding will be spent

13 December 2018

Bridges, rural roads and drains are all set to benefit after Northumberland was awarded an extra £7.7m of government funding. (Chronicle Live)

Innovative tech to tackle rural isolation

27 November 2018

Five tech companies have been awarded contracts to use cutting-edge technology to tackle the problem of rural isolation and loneliness. (Cabinet Office)

'Bike Smart' campaign highlights rural roads risk

20 November 2018

People on two wheels face a 63 times higher risk of being killed or seriously injured (KSI) per mile travelled than car drivers, a road safety charity has said. (Transport Network)

Special report: Crisis on the buses

17 November 2018

Reporter Charlie Bullough looks at the impact of bus funding cuts and what can be done to improve services (Yorkshire Post)

Oxfordshire transport scheme wins £7,750 boost

18 December 2018

A Community bus service that serves as a 'lifeline' to residents has received a cash boost of almost £8,000. (Witney Gazette)

Concern after withdrawal of 'vital' bus service

13 November 2018

A bus operator has come under fire after announcing that a service to villages in Lancashire is to be scrapped. (Chorley Citizen)

Axe to fall on transport and road spending

14 November 2018

Rural bus services in Suffolk are likely to be under considerable pressure in the new county council budget. (East Anglian Daily Times)

Transport services could be 'wiped out'

27 November 2018

Community transport services that take disabled children to school could be wiped out overnight in Wiltshire. (Salisbury Journal)

Transport spending in falls by £18 per person

20 November 2018

Public spending on transport in Yorkshire and Humber fell by £18 per person in a year while increasing £90 in London, new analysis shows.(Yorkshire Post)

Rural cancer patients 'less likely to survive'

12 December 2018

People living rurally are 5% less likely to survive cancer than those in cities – partly due to poor transport infrastructure. (BBC Online)

Sponsored by Calor, the Rural Vulnerability Service is a FREE information service brought to you by the Rural England Community Interest Company in association with the Rural Services Network.

Calor was set up 80 years ago with the intention of bringing clean, efficient and modern energy to rural Britain. This focus continues today with 75% of Calor's business in the British countryside. Calor recognises the need to address climate change and energy efficiency and so has introduced bioLPG to the UK market in 2018, the first LPG supplier to do so. BioLPG requires no changes to the customer’s appliances, it just reduces carbon emissions by up to 80% and burns just as cleanly as fossil LPG.

Furthermore, Calor’s transport solution – LPG Autogas – can deliver significant air quality and environmental benefits, and at around half the cost of petrol and diesel benefits the hard-pressed motorist too. Over 150,000 motorists already benefit from this cleaner and affordable fuel, which is available from over 1,400 refuelling stations across Britain.


Articles in this newsletter are included for information only and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Rural Services Network, Rural England CIC or Calor.

Reports and Publications:

For reports & publications on fuel poverty, click here

For reports & publications on rural broadband, click here

For reports & publications on rural transport, click here

National Statistics:

For UK National Statistics on fuel poverty, click here

For UK National Statistics on rural transport, click here

For UK National Statistics on rural broadband, click here

Useful links:
Fuel Poverty:

Citizens Advice
End Fuel Poverty Coalition
Energy UK
Committee on Fuel Poverty
Health Housing & Fuel
   Poverty Forum

National Energy Action


Broadband for the Rural North
Broadband Delivery UK
Rural Broadband Partnership
Dept Culture, Media & Sport
Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA)

Citizens Advice
Campaign for Better Transport
Community Transport Ass'n
CPRE - Transport campaign
Department for Transport
Plunkett Foundation
Transport for Quality of Life

How to save local buses
Guide for those wishing to save local buses from cuts
Buses in crisis
How rural communities have been most damaged by cuts
Integrated transport
How to integrate transport into new developments (pdf)
Transport e-Bulletin
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