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:


Rural development schemes to offer £30m boost
16 July 2015
Rural transport, jobs and food production will be boosted by schemes offering £30m worth of funding in Wales. (BBC Online)


Community transport group celebrates tenth anniversary
3 August 2015
A COMMUNITY transport service in Weardale is preparing to celebrate its tenth anniversary this month. (Northern Echo)


Summer bus service takes passengers to beauty spots
1 August 2015
FAMILIES wishing to make the most of the summer holidays can visit the Mole Valley without getting behind the wheel. (Dorking & Leatherhead Advertiser)


OPINION: Public transport can't be left to free market
31 July 2015
GORDON Matheson believes it is time to reverse the Thatcher era privatisation of our bus services and put local people back in charge of vital public services. (Daily Record)


Reporting of potholes halves in West Sussex
4 August 2015
Reporting of potholes on West Sussex roads has halved in the past year, according to county council figures. (Worthing Herald)


Bus journeys get greener and cheaper for teenagers
30 July 2015
New models of more fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly buses which are being rolled out in Meirionnydd. (Cambrian News)


Community transport group gets cash boost
29 July 2015
Banbury Assisted Transport Scheme (BATS) has raised more than twice its £400 target thanks to a surprise intervention by Banbury Cross Round Table. (Banbury Guardian)


Bus fares shoot up by a quarter as 2,000 routes axed
19 July 2015
Labour has warned of a crisis hitting the old, the disabled, the young and isolated rural communities. (Daily Mirror)


Impact of rural transport cuts
24 July 2015
Cuts have meant fewer services for the group. (BBC Northern Ireland)

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 FREE information service brought to you by 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