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:


Driverless cars 'could boost rural transport'
21 April 2015
Driverless cars could help improve poor rural transport links in rural Wales, say academics in Wrexham. (BBC Online)

New funding for rural transport
14 April 2015
A Cheshire East Council and its partners are improving the way residents get around after securing £453k in funding. (Cheshire Today)

Campaigners welcome transport fund winners
27 March 2015
The Campaign for Better Transport welcomes an increase to the government's Total Transport Pilot Fund. (Campaign for Better Transport)

£7.6m for transport in rural and isolated areas
27 March 2015
The government unveils funding it says will allow communities to deliver better transport projects in rural areas. (Gov.UK)

Cash boost for rural transport in West Berkshire
18 April 2015
A cash grant of £196,000 will help West Berkshire Council to improve community transport. (Get Reading)

Community groups celebrate a windfall
12 May 2015
Community groups in the Staffordshire village of Milwich have received a windfall from their fuel supplier. (Staffordshire Newsletter)

New minibuses worth £70k report for duty
3 May 2015
A community transport scheme linking the outside world to 1,000 elderly or disabled residents has taken delivery of two new minibuses. (Lincolnshire Echo)

Rural transport group comes to an end
16 April 2015
The Dales Integrated Transport Alliance, a consortium of public and private transport operators, has come to an end after four years. (Craven Herald & Pioneer)

Community transport 'needs cash and volunteers

18 March 2015
Community transport schemes need an injection of cash and volunteers to meet demand, says charity Action with Communities in Rural England. (ACRE)

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