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:


Stuck in the country: it's not just cities that need decent transport
22 September 2016
Cuts to rural transport have hit buses, trains and cycling. Communities and councils are rallying round, but it’s an uphill task. (The Guardian)

Bids invited for £2m community minibus fund
9 September 2016
THE government has announced £2m to provide minibuses to community transport schemes in England. (Transport Network)

Door to door to the doctors is launched through pioneering scheme
23 September 2016
A PIONEERING scheme has been launched to cut the huge NHS missed appointments bill and get elderly people and patients without transport to GP surgeries on time. (Darlington & Stockton Times)

Tenbury bus promised by the end of the year
22 September 2016
A TENBURY volunteer transport scheme is to get an early Christmas present following confirmation that a new minibus will be delivered in December. (Ludlow Advertiser)

Views sought over shuttle bus
14 September 2016
HOLSWORTHY Rural Community Transport is hoping to introduce a shuttle bus service around the town on a regular timetable. (Holsworthy Post)

Community transport group celebrates 20 years of service
20 September 2016
A COMMUNITY transport group for elderly and disabled people in Salisbury and the surrounding area is celebrating 20 years of service. (Salisbury Journal)

Community Transport unveils new minibus
6 October 2016
NEWTON Abbot Community Transport has bought itself a brand new wheelchair-friendly 15-seater minibus, after receiving a grant from the Department for Transport. (Teignmouth Post)

Seniors encouraged to use new minibus service
30 September 2016
OLDER people in East Dunbartonshire are being invited to take advantage of handy new bus services run by East Dunbartonshire Community Transport. (Milngavie & Bearsden Herald)

Stroke victims in Witham say bus is a lifeline
12 September 2016
A WOMAN who suffered a stroke is concerned she may no longer be able to socialise if her community transport service is cut. (Braintree & Witham Times)

Villagers "drum up interest" for community bus service
14 September 2016
A COMMUNITY bus service has been set up to connect two west Dorset towns following cuts by the county council. (Bridport News)

Voluntary transport service given two new vehicles
19 September 2016
AN AIREDALE charity is celebrating twice over after having been donated two new minibuses to help transport local people. (Telegraph & Argus)

Community minibuses to replace local bus services due to council cuts
25 August 2016
COMMUNITY minibus services will start across the district on September 5 to replace buses axed as a result of West Berkshire Council budget cuts. (Newbury Today



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Transport Toolkit

Transport Toolkit

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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.


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