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:


Schemes to keep rural folk connected
4 May 2014
Northumberland is doing better than some counties in keeping its rural bus services going. (Morpeth Herald)



Transport secretary 'forgets farmers and rural businesses

29 April 2014
BUSINESS leaders are dismayed transport secretary Patrick McGloughlin failed to mention rural property owners during a debate on HS2. (Country Land and Business Association)


Cash for bus service trials in rural areas
22 April 2014
EXTRA money is being given to test new ways of co-ordinating bus and community transport services in Wales. (BBC Online)


Transport companies continue to operate threatened bus services
25 April 2014
A COMMERCIAL solution has been found which will see two threatened bus services saved. (Westmorland Gazette)


Travel costs take a toll in rural areas
22 April 2014
RURAL students are at greater risk of dropping out of college due to the government's refusal to pay for free transport, claims a union. (TES Connect)


Rural bus subsidies 'slashed by up to 75%'
21 April 2014
BUS subsidies across the Westcountry have been slashed by up to 75%, according to figures obtained in a Freedom of Information request by the Labour Party. (Western Morning News)


Rural areas suffer 'huge cuts' in bus subsidies - Labour
18 April 2014
SUBSIDIES for rural bus services in Suffolk saw some of the biggest cuts in the country over the past four years, says Labour. (EADT)


Pupils to benefit as fight for transport continues
5 May 2014
RURAL pupils could benefit after a 'grossly unfair' difference in transport funding was highlighted. (Berwick Advertiser)


Rural businesses face catalogue of handicaps, say campaigners
21 April 2014
RURAL businesses continue to suffer from a catalogue of handicaps, warns the Federation of Small Businesses. (Yorkshire Post

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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.


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