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:

Half of threatened bus services saved
9 March 2015
More than half of the bus services previously threatened with closure in Lancashire have been spared. (BBC Online)

Would you pay 10p more for petrol to save rural buses?
17 March 2016
A Green Party MEP has called for a 10p-a-litre increase in fuel duty to save rural bus services. (Plymouth Herald)

Threatened bus services win temporary reprieve
25 March 2016
A BUS service linking Malvern, Upton and villages in between has been given a six-month stay of execution by Worcestershire County Council. (Worcester News)

Dorset 'determined' to find alternative rural transport
25 February 2016
Dorset County Council says a reduction in rural bus funding could mean more people have access to transport because they will look at different ways to help people get around. (Dorset Echo)

Passengers plan to save axed rural bus routes
25 March 2016
TWO bus routes due to be axed early next month may be saved through being taken over and run by some of their regular passengers. (Bridport News)


Kent Council bids to save £400k on rural routes
8 March 2016
Cuts to some rural bus services in Kent are on the agenda under plans to shave £400,000 from the council's transport budget. (Kent Online)

Funding aims to make rural communities safer
12 March 2016
The Scottish Government has an announced a £2.85 million boost for the Strategic Timber Transport Fund. (Brechin Advertiser)

Wales needs own Oyster cards, says review
18 March 2016
A Welsh Assembly committee argues that a Wales-specific version of London's Oyster card travel system should be introduced. (Wales Online)

‘Confusion’ over rural bus service cutbacks
24 March 2016
A THURROCK councillor representing a rural community says confusion reigns over plans by Essex County Council to cut some bus services. (The Enquirer)

MP welcomes £7.7m payout to save rural buses
23 February 2016
Louth & Horncastle MP welcomes news that rural bus services and children's centres are set to be saved following a £7.7m government payout. (Grimsby Telegraph)

Rural bus service marks 15th anniversary
17 March 2016
Lincolnshire County Council marks the 15th anniversary of its CallConnect bus service - with a special cake and free travel up for grabs. (Lincolnshire County Council



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.

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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.

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

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