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:

Grants to help voluntary groups provide vital services
17 March 2015
VOLUNTARY organisations providing vital opportunities and services for young people and the elderly are in line for a £50,000 cash windfall. (Northern Echo)

Village's heart is still beating
14 March 2015
A rural bus service HART (Holderness Area Rural Transport) proves to be a lifeline for Yorkshire communities. (Yorkshire Post)

Bus shelter kicks off new transport hub
4 March 2015
THE first phase of Wincanton’s new community transport hub project is to be officially open. (Western Gazette)

Orkney moves closer to electric vehicles
5 March 2015
A project exploring ways to accelerate the use of electric cars in Orkney is entering a new phase. (Press & Journal)

Gloucestershire agrees to freeze burdget
19 February 2015
Investing in rural transport is a key focus as Gloucestershure agrees to freeze its £420m budget. (Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard)

Urgent call for commnity transport volunteers
9 March 2015
Volunteers are urgently needed to keep a vital transportation service running in Harlow. (Harlow Star)

Residents to get community transport service
7 March 2015
A new community transport scheme has been launched to help people get out and about in Lincolnshire. (Sleaford Target)

Talks to set up dial-a-ride scheme
23 February 2015
Two charity organisations are "hopeful" that they will be able to set up a replacement dial-a-ride service in Cambridgeshire. (Ely News)

Council approves local transport plan
10 March 2015
East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Cabinet has approved a new local transport plan. (Beverley Guardian)

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

T: 01822 813641
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First Group

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