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:

Call for better regulation of regional bus services
26 August 2014
Bus services outside London need better regulation, according to a report by a centre-left think tank. (BBC Online)

Rural support from new outreach bus
2 September 2014
Rural communities are set to receive support straight to their doors following the launch of a new community outreach vehicle. (Herts & Essex Observer)

Council awarded £2.7m to tackle rural isolation
11 September 2014
A rural district council has received £2.7m to
to help older people in the district feel less alone. (Lincolnshire Echo)

Charity picks up pieces after bus parts stolen
11 September 2014
A transport charity has been left counting the cost after thieves put two of its vehicles out of action. (The Argus)

Transport group go alone to keep vital service running
5 September 2014
Rye and District Community Transport has said it will go it alone to ensure people can still use the service. (Rye & Battle Observer)

Rural scheme to dispel community transport 'myth'
9 September 2014
The myth that community transport is specifically aimed at the elderly and disabled is hoped to be dispelled by a brand new partnership. (Gloucester Citizen)

SNP front-bencher in rural links pledge
2 September 2014
Rural communities will be better connected under plans for an independent Scotland, SNP front-bencher Michael Russell has said. (The Courier)

Cash boost for rural moped loan service
15 September 2014
A TRAVEL scheme which helps rural young people access work and learning opportunities has received a £5,000 cash boost. (Northern Echo)

Rural transport needs to be brought into 21st century
21 August 2014
Plans for a new transport hub are discussed between Somerset County Council, South Somerset District Council and Yarlington Housing Group. (Western Gazette)

High-speed rail decision sidelined until after general election
15 September 2014
A decision on the final route of the £50m High Speed 2 rail project will not be made until after next year’s general election. (Leicester Mercury)

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.

OFS Statistics

Transport Statistics
For UK National Statistics on travel and transport, please click here.

Inside Government

Reports & Publications
For reports & publications on transport, please click here.
More Information

For full details about our Rural Vulnerability Service, contact:

David Inman
Rural Services Network
Kilworthy Park
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First Group

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