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:


Rural buses 'threatened by funding cuts'
10 August 2015
The failure of government to fund concessions properly is causing huge problems for both local authorities and bus operators. (Yorkshire Post)

Councils spend £100m to subsidise bus trips
1 June 2016
Nearly a third of all bus journeys in Yorkshire are free concessions at a cost of £100m to the public purse. (Yorkshire Post)

Council launches community ‘transport toolkit’
3 August 2016
Dorset County Council has launched a ‘transport toolkit’ to help communities get out and about more easily, after rural bus routes were axed. (View News))

Bus firm collapse isolates us, say rural residents
2 August 2016
RURAL bus users say they have been left isolated following the loss of GHA Coaches. (Leader Live)

Report highlights importance of transport links
1 June 2016
A new report has highlighted links between transport, the economy in Argyll and Bute and the potential for investment to support future growth. (The Buteman)

Two new rural bus services in West Norfolk
4 July 2016
Remote, rural villages across West Norfolk will be better connected with the launch of two new bus services. (KLFM967)

Community transport services help people affected by bus changes
9 August 2016
NEW community bus services are to help those affected by changes to rural bus services to access essential services. (Wiltshire & Gloucestershire Standard)

Community transport gets new minibus
11 July 2016
Royston & District Community Transport has a brand new, purpose built minibus, paid for by the Government’s Community Transport Minibus Fund. (Royston Crow)

Community Connexions keeps wheels turning
10 July 2016
A Cheltenham charity that provides door-to-door transport for the elderly and disabled is calling for more desperately needed volunteers. (Stroud News & Journal)

Bus cuts mean changes for Stroud passengers
8 August 2016
Cuts to bus services means officials will take to the streets to less passengers know how the changes affect them. (Gloucestershire Live)

Minibus keeps community service on road to success
2 August 2016
VOLUNTEERS, who help keep a community minibus on the road, had three reasons to celebrate on Saturday when they marked their silver anniversary in style. (Gazette & Herald)

New community bus for older people
20 June 2016
A new community bus for north west Buckinghamshire has been launched by High Sheriff of Bucks Millie Soames, who is herself a volunteer driver. (Buckingham Today)

Community transport scheme marks milestone
11 August 2016
A lottery-funded community transport scheme offering groups an affordable way to get around has marked a milestone achievement. (South Wales Evening Post)

Award for rural hero Steve and his buses
22 July 2016
The man behind a bus service which has allowed people in the Coquet Valley to remain connected has won an award. (Northumberland Gazette)



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
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First Group

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