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:

Rise in journeys by rural community transport
4 February 2015
More than 25,000 passenger journeys during the past year have been provided by a community transport scheme in Ryedale. (Gazette & Herald)

Minister confirms funding for bus services
11 February 2015
TRANSPORT minister Edwina Hart has confirmed funding to secure the future of two rural bus services in west Wales. (Cambrian News)

Call to review transport rules for rural pupils
29 January 2015
RURAL communities in Cumbria are celebrating after a bus service on an axed route was reinstated.  (Westmorland Gazette)

Bus service launched for rural commuters
31 January 2015
A NEW daily rural bus service has been launched for commuters in the Mole Valley. (Leatherhead and Dorking Advertiser)

Pilot transport scheme gets patients home quicker
26 January 2015
A PILOT project aims to improve transport for rural hospital paitents in Dumfries and Galloway. (Galloway Gazette)

Comment: Stop choking the life out of rural transport
9 February 2015
Westminster cuts which bring about subsidy cuts mean communities are losing out as rural bus services 'compete each other out of existence'. (Yorkshire Post)

Labour plans local transport overhaul
29 January 2015
LOCAL bus services would be handed to "not-for-profit" operators including community groups under a plan unveiled by the Labour Party (The Independent)

Community bus service on the move
5 February 2015
A COMMUNITY bus service is up and running following successful talks between a council and a not-for-profit company. (Northern Echo)

Bus and rail links key to unlocking rural transport
17 January 2015
A £4m cash pot set aside for transport in rural areas could help fund bus hubs and local rail networks. (Oxfordshire Times)


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