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:


Volunteer drivers needed for rural scheme
9 November 2015
VOLUNTEER car or minibus drivers are being sought to help people in need in Ceredigion. (Cambrian News)

Campaign warns of dangers on country roads
8 November 2015
Motorists are being warned about the dangers of country roads. (News Guardian)

Crumbling state of rural road network revealed
2 November 2015
HUNDREDS of miles of rural roads are in need of maintenance to bring them up to standard. (Yorkshire Post)

Petition to bring back village bus services
6 November 2015
A campaign to reinstate regular bus services to two Kent villages has received widespread support. (Kent Online)

Rural OAPs face losing bus services
4 November 2015
ELDERLY village residents face being unable to travel into Ashbourne after a cut in funding for a community bus service. (Ashbourne News)

Patients receive free transport to GP surgery 
15 October 2015
A PARTNERSHIP between a rural doctors' surgery, transport group and health leaders will provide free transport for housebound patients. (Darlington & Stockton Times)


Volunteers needed to save transport scheme
29 October 2015
VITAL transport services offered by Malvern's Community Action are under threat because of a lack of volunteer drivers. (Malvern Gazette)


Community bus service is lifeline for elderly
17 October 2015
TORFAEN AM Lynne Neagle rode along with clients of Torfaen Community Transport to see the difference it makes to elderly citizens in the area. (South Wales Argus)


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

T: 01822 813641
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First Group

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