Ranging through petrol cost as a percentage of household budget, the lack of public and community transport in many areas; the threats to its survival in others.

The topic has rarely been bigger or more pressing.

Changes to public transport subsidies make community-run initiatives increasingly important.


Latest updates:


Bus service cuts threaten rural communities
10 March 2014

CUTS to bus services threaten to have a devastating impact on England's rural communities, the Rural Services Network has warned. (Rural Services Network)


Battle looms over rural fuel price
15 March 2014
Britain faces a “tough” battle to win permission from Brussels to cut fuel prices for motorists in rural areas, admits Treasury chief secretary Danny Alexander. (Yorkshire Post)


Community toolkit on challenging rural transport needs
27 February 2014
THE Parish Transport Toolkit has been designed to help communities identify their local transport needs and to investigate how these might be met. (The Hedon Blog)


Panel set up to tackle rural issues in Tendring

14 March 2014
A new panel is to help tackle significant issues, including transport, affecting rural communities in Tendring, Essex. (Tendring District Council)


Quiet confidence at quiet roads pilot scheme
2 March 2014

A new code of practice for rural roads has been launched in Suffolk. (Ipswich Star)


Elderly and disabled 'could lose bus services'
1 March 2014

Elderly and disabled passengers could lose vital bus services because of cuts in government funding, councils in England warn. (BBC Online)


Green belt 'at risk from' roads policy
26 February 2014
Elderly and disabled passengers could lose vital bus services because of cuts in government funding, councils in England warn. (The Telegraph)


Future looks bright for Wheels 2 Work
1 March 2014
The number of schemes to help unemployed people without transport in the countryside find work rose by a third last year. (Rider Magazine)


Rural bike scheme to help drive down New Forest car journeys
12 March 2014
A RURAL bike scheme aims to encourage people to cycle rather than drive around the New Forest National Park. (New Forest National Park)


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.

OFS Statistics

Transport Statistics
For UK National Statistics on travel and transport, please click here.

Inside Government

Reports & Publications
For reports & publications on 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