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:


Toolkit will help isolated people in rural community
13 September 2015
A new project is developing a ‘toolkit’ to support people at risk of social isolation in rural areas as they get older. (Sleaford Standard)



Non-profit organisations urged to apply for cash
13 September 2015
A Lincolnshire community group is encouraging non-profit organisations to apply for cash after securing a new contract to manage Comic Relief Funding in the area. (Lincolnshire Echo)


Community bus drivers’ plea — use it or lose it! 
10 September
STAFF at Tavistock Country Bus are calling for more passengers as dwindling numbers threaten service restrictions. (Tavistock Times)


Call to save rural buses
27 August 2015
Lancashire County Council is calling for the government to establish a special fund to protect rural bus services. (The Visitor)


Transport ‘to take brunt of Spending Review cuts’
20 August 2015
Local transport infrastructure is in line to take a large proportion of government cuts in the forthcoming Spending Review, campaigners have warned. (Public Finance)


Campaigners warn of drastic cuts to transport
20 August 2015
BUS services, roads and pavements are likely to bear the brunt of cuts to transport spending as Ministers prioritise major infrastructure schemes, a string of campaign groups have warned. (Yorkshire Post)


Potholes blamed for increasing cyclist deaths
28 August 2015
Increasing numbers of cyclists are being killed on British roads because local authorities are failing to repair potholes, it has been claimed. (The Telegraph)


Condition of local roads 'likely to worsen'
8 September 2015
The poor state of Britain’s local roads has been found to be the number one concern among drivers, according to the RAC Report on Motoring 2015. (Fleet News)

Cracking the problem of rural transport
1 September 2015
The first step in improving travel for Borders residents without regular access to a vehicle is about to go live - a one stop shop. (Southern Reporter)

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