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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 parking charges: Proposal under fire
15 December 2017
Surrey County Council (SCC) has deferred its decision over introducing controversial parking fees at some of the county's top rural beauty spots. (Get Surrey)


Villagers 'will be cut off' if bus routes lost
27 November 2017
Fears have been raised for the future of many rural villages after Staffordshire County Council last week approved plans to cut bus subsidies from next April. (The Sentinel)


Travel scheme for rural areas expanded
1 December 2017
A TRAVEL scheme for rural areas has been extended in Wales. (Leader Live)


Car scheme fills public transport void
18 December 2017
With a decline in bus services available locally, transport for those without a car can be a big challenge. (Richmondshire Today)


Improved bus routes on their way
8 December 2017
New bus routes starting in Lancashire next week will see public transport restored to a number of villages. (Burnley Express)


Driver pass rates ‘could explain road deaths’
18 December 2017
Learner drivers in the west of Ireland are more likely to pass their driving test – and this may help to explain the higher numbers of deaths on rural roads, a study has revealed. (The Times)


Petition to fix 'awful' public transport
30 November 2017
Calls have been made for an increase in public transport for rural areas over fears elderly and disabled people are becoming socially isolated. (Chard & Ilminster News)


Major shake-up of free school bus service
27 November 2017
Parents and schools may have to fork out if major proposals to overhaul the free school transport system in Suffolk are approved, it is feared. (EADT)


Volunteer bus service is providing a lifeline
9 December 2017
A volunteer bus service is providing a lifeline for rural communities in the Yorkshire Dales. (Yorkshire Post)


Plan to fix 'creaking' railways unveiled
29 November 2017
Firms which operate passenger services would also manage the tracks their trains run on, under government plans to fix "creaking" UK railways. (BBC Online)


Poor public transport to blame for rural drink-driving
11 December 2017
Lack of public transport in rural areas is worsening a drink-drive epidemic, the transport minister has suggested. (The Telegraph)


Rip-off deliveries for rural areas
13 December 2017
A review of excessive delivery fees in which Scottish consumers are charged more than shoppers in the rest of the UK has been ordered. (The 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.

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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

T: 01822 851370
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First Group

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