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:


New minibus to provide lifeline to community
9 May 2015
Three organisations have joined together to provide vital community transport in the form of a minibus. (Scarborough News)

Bus service to be launched at end of month
8 May 2016
A new community bus service is to be introduced by Sedcat – a not-for-profit community transport provider. (Blackmore Vale Magazine)

Cash boost for community transport scheme
29 April 2016
Good causes in the Harborough area were given a boost by the Rotary Club of Harborough during a recent cash handover. (Harborough Mail)

Drive to persuade community to use mini bus
29 April 2016
Volunteers are calling for a community to rally round a new lifeline bus service in North Yorkshire. (North Yorkshire Advertiser)

Community transp
ort charity opens new offices
28 April 2016
A community transport charity has opened new offices to better serve the Thornbury area of Gloucestershire. (Gazette Series)

Transport team celebrates 30th anniversary
17 April 2016
A community scheme which sees volunteers drive people to vital services is celebrating its 30th anniversary. (Royston Crow)

New bus service for Barr village
16 April 2016
A new bus service to the village of Barr with the support of SPT and local funding bodies is to be launched thanks to a new transport group. (Carrick Gazette)

Rural bus services given stay of execution
14 April 2016
TWO key bus routes set to be axed in Dorset have been granted a stay of execution. (Chard & Ilminster News)

Community transport services saved
13 April 2016
Vital transport services have been rescued after the shock announcement of a charity's closure. (Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard)

New rural bus service given three-month trial
11 April 2016
"Use it or lose it" – that is the message about a new bus service connecting rural Brentwood with the town centre. (Brentwood Gazette)

Cash will guarantee rural bus service
5 April 2016
A £250,000 pot of cash means a rural minibus service will again head to parts of Swansea and Gower that other buses do not reach. (South Wales Evening Post)

Community plans to run rural buses
2 April 2016
A WORKING group is to be established to look at the options for a community bus provision in West Dorset. (Dorset Echo)


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