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Spotlight on Vulnerability - Transport Edition (May 2019)

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:

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)

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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