re-blue-large A service provided by Rural England CIC in association with Calor and the Rural Services Network


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:


Rail is on the up, but buses still struggle
3 December 2016
Buses in rural areas are rarely commercial, and local authorities have diminishing resources so are often unable to keep them going. (Northumberland Gazette)

Rural areas hit hard by decline, says bishop
2 December 2016
Sparse and expensive rural public transport is contributing to poorer families, stretched relationships, isolation and loneliness. (Church Times)

Councils to subsidise rural bus service
15 December 2016
Two county councils have agreed £60,000 of emergency funding to ensure a rural bus service operates for another year. (Stamford Mercury)

Volunteers add new rural bus routes
28 November 2016
A new minibus service is launched to link remote villages to key services in nearby towns. (Yorkshire Post)

Peer hails importance of rural communities
24 November 2016
Lord Kirkhope has pledged to stand up for rural areas as he takes his seat in the House of Lords. (Yorkshire Post)

When we cut rural bus routes, we cut culture and tourism
2 December 2016
Richard Morrison examines the issue of rural public transport – and how it is more important than simply taking people from place to place. (The Times (subscription))

Motorists urged to take care on country roads
12 December 2016
Drivers are being reminded to take care on rural roads in the latest campaign supported by Staffordshire's Safer Roads Partnership. (Leek Post and Times)

MPs back calls for extension of ‘vital’ bus franchising powers
13 December 2016
Labour MPs have joined Yorkshire council leaders in calling for “vital” new bus franchising powers to be extended beyond areas with directly elected mayors. (Yorkshire Post)

Mayor hitches ride to find out about transport service
25 November 2016
The Mayor of Taunton Deane joined local passengers to see how a rural transport scheme works. (Wellington Today)

Bus services to lose council subsidy funding
19 December 2016
Forty bus services across the East Riding are set to lose their council subsidy funding. (Hull Daily Mail)

Council pulls funding for ‘lifeline’ bus service
4 December 2016
Cash-strapped council chiefs are to pull funding for a ‘lifeline’ travel service for pensioners. (Derbyshire Times)

New bus service to connect villages
28 November 2016
A new bus service will link some of North Richmondshire’s more remote villages to the main towns and their services. (Richmondshire Today)

Make OAPs pay half fare to save rural buses, says Tory peer
24 November 2016
Older passengers would be prepared to pay half of their bus fare if it meant safeguarding rural bus services, a leading Tory peer has claimed. (Yorkshire Post)


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 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 813641
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First Group

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