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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:


Bus service cuts isolate rural passengers
12 November 2016
Families in rural areas are being isolated due to cuts in bus services, councils have warned. (BBC Online)


Bus use falls to lowest level in decade
19 October 2016
Bus use across England has fallen to its lowest for a decade, new figures reveal. (BBC Online)


Operator ensures continuation of rural service

18 October 2016
A new operator has been commissioned to take over a rural bus route in the Coquet Valley, securing the continuation of the service. (Northumberland Gazette)


Funding deficit puts community transport at risk
9 November 2016
OTHER ways to fund ‘an essential service for the most vulnerable people’ must be found if it is to continue. (Holsworthy Post)


Community transport group clocks up 4,000 passenger trips
13 November 2016
A LIFELINE has been handed to rural communities after a £500,000 cut to Dorset's transport budget. (Dorset Echo)


Better bus services ‘cut social deprivation’
24 Octber 2016
IMPROVING local bus services reduces social deprivation and improves people’s life chances, according to a new report. (Yorkshire Post)


Labour calls for long-term plan on buses
19 October 2016
Labour has called for a 'long-term strategy' for bus funding to halt the decline in bus use. (Transport Network)


Rural areas are missing out on tourism boom, MPs told
16 November 2016
Opportunities are being missed to attract international visitors to the British countryside, Sir Gary Verity told MPs. (Yorkshire Post)


Help needed to tackle rural isolation
26 October 2016
A NEW initiative is being launched to help tackle rural isolation. (Gazette & Herald)


West Sussex set for £1m to improve safety of England's 'worst road'
17 November 2016
Ministers have offered West Sussex County Council up to £1m to continue making road safety improvements. (Transport Network)


MP secures breakthrough to point tourists to the countryside
19 October 2016
A bid to lure more visitors into one of Yorkshire’s most popular countryside destinations is underway. (Yorkshire Post)


Rural minibus service presented with Queen’s Award
27 October 2016
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service has been officially presented to the Community Minibus Association. (Midhurst & Petworth Observer)


Rural train station to shut permanently
24 October 2016
Norton Bridge Railway Station, on the route between Stafford and Stone stations, is being closed for good. (Stoke Sentinal)



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 information service brought to you by Rural England CIC in association with 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

T: 01822 813641
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First Group

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