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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:


Poor public transport puts rural schools out of reach
17 January 2017
Three out of five young people in rural areas of England do not have adequate public transport to get to secondary school, according to research from Rural England. (BBC News)


Council backs community-run transport links
15 February 2017
DORSET County Council is backing community-run transport links to keep people in rural areas connected. (Dorset Echo)

Community transport group needs more drivers
9 January 2017
Organisers of a community transport scheme hope to help Norfolk residents who rely on volunteers to get to health or other meetings. (EDP24)

Grant of £1.4m to improve life in rural areas
9 February 2017
TWO North Yorkshire charities have received a £1.4m funding boost to allow them to do more to improve the lives of people in rural areas. (York Press)

Backing for Community Transport from council
26 January 2017
Aberdeenshire councillors have approved more than £300,000 in grants for the delivery of community transport projects. (Inverurie Herald)

Rural areas 'let down' by bus services
19 January 2017
Politicians are being urged to radically change the way bus services are run in Scotland. (BBC News)

Council set to launch new community transport service
26 January 2017
A LAUNCH event for a new community transport service is to be held in Flintshire. (The Leader)

Energy company funds rural bus route
6 February 2017
EDF Energy has agreed to fund a free community bus service from Bridgwater to Minehead. (Somerset County Gazette)

Community transport charity requires drivers
14 January 2017
An award-winning charity is appealing for more volunteers to help it handle the ‘mind-blowing’ number of people it supports. (North Somerset Times)

Funding for key community transport job
24 January 2017
Boost to beat social isolation emerged at charrette events with the One Voice Volunteer Group Association the driving force behind it. (Daily Record)

Council gives £15,000 to community transport services
13 January 2017
Two local community transport providers are set to receive a big boost in the form of a share of £15,000 of district council money. (Ely Standard)

New minibus for community transport scheme
29 January 2017
A Droitwich voluntary organisation is holding an official launch of a new minibus available to the community. (Droitwich Standard)

New minibus hits the road thanks to donation
5 February 2017
Ryedale Community Transport (RCT) has bought a new minibus following a substantial donation from the Wilf Jackson Trust. (Gazette Herald)

Free travel to mark launch of transport service
29 January 2017
Free bus travel is being offered to help launch a new style of transport service in Derbyshire. (Derby Telegraph


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