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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.

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 Latest updates:


Rural dialysis patients lose free transport
3 October 2017

Patients with kidney failure who live in rural Cornwall will no longer get funding to travel to their life-saving dialysis treatment under NHS plans. (The Times)


Mayor cuts ribbon at community transport scheme
17 September 2017
COPELAND mayor Mike Starkie has cut the ribbon to mark the delivery of two new minibuses for a Micbrobus scheme. (North West Evening Mail)


County makes progress on school transport
4 September 2017
COUNTY council officials believe all North Yorkshire pupils will be able to get to school on Monday despite the death of a major transport provider. (Yorkshire Post)


South Derbyshire 'lifeline' bus service continues
19 August 2017
Disabled and elderly people in South Derbyshire will still be able to use a life-line bus service as people in East Staffordshire could see their community bus axed. (Burton Mail)

Can you live in rural Suffolk without a car
24 August 2017
The news that some communities in north Suffolk are to lose their county council-subsidised bus services will cause problems for very small number of people. (Ipswich Star)

North Suffolk villages to lose bus link
21 August 2017
Residents in some Suffolk villages are set to lose their bus links to Ipswich and Diss as the county council tries to cut the cost of its public transport subsidy. (East Anglian Daily Times)


Jeremy Corbyn vows to support rural areas
23 August 2017
Labour will reverse “chronic underinvestment” in rural areas if it is returned to power, Jeremy Corbyn is expected to say today. (The Times)


Door-to-door transport scheme launched
21 September 2017
AGE UK is pushing a door-to-door transport scheme throughout Cornwall, which will cover Launceston, Bude and Camelford areas. (Bude Today)

Devolution key to tackling transport woes, say leaders
25 August 2017
COUNCIL leaders have urged Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to help negotiate a devolution deal for Yorkshire that allows the region to tackle its own transport problems. (Yorkshire Post)


Parents get boost in bid for school transport help
3 October 2017
Frustrated parents who are having to pay hundreds of pounds a year to send their children to their second choice school have received a boost in their bid for financial help. (News & Star)

Legislation changes could damage transport charity
14 September 2017
Fears have been expressed about the impact of proposed government changes revealed in a letter produced by the Department for Transport. (Midweek Herald)

Brake urges rural road practice for young drivers
24 August 2017
Practising on rural roads should be a compulsory part of driving lessons, according to a road safety charity. (BBC Online)

School transport cuts are ‘rural discrimination’ says headteacher
12 September 2017
Parents and teachers are preparing to fight cuts to school transport, amid claims it amounts to discrimination against Suffolk’s rural communities. (East Anglian Daily Times)

Crucial transport summit as calls for action grow louder
23 August 2017
TRANSPORT improvements in the North of England cannot wait any longer, a major summit in Leeds will be told. (Yorkshire Post)

Council to look again at changes to school transport
13 September 2017
A controversial decision to ask residents for their views on changing the way free transport is offered to Suffolk schoolchildren is to be looked at again by county councillors. (East Anglian Daily Times)

Have your say on rural transport in Fenland
2 October 2017
A first-of-its-kind event to address Fenland’s rural transport challenges takes place this month. (Cambridgeshire Times)


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.

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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

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First Group

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