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:


Charity forced to foot bill as minibus damaged
9 December 2015
A RURAL charity has been left to foot a repair bill after one of their minibuses was damaged by a careless driver. (Press & Journal)


Community transport project wins £93k grant
9 December 2015
Charity officials have welcomed a grant of almost £100,000 from council chiefs towards vital transport services. (Lynn News)


Community transport popular for stranded village
2 December 2015
A free bus came to the rescue of stranded villagers during the Huddersfield bus strikes. (Huddersfield Daily Examiner)


Support for community transport groups
12 December 2015
Winslow Big Society Group has handed over £200 to the Winslow Community Bus. (Buckingham Today)


Community scheme transports disabled and elderly passengers
26 November 2015
A YATE-based community transport scheme is spearheading a campaign to make getting to hospital easier for people with mobility problems. (Gloucestershire Gazette)


New bus for Battle transport charity
16 November 2015
A transport charity serving the residents of Battle and the surrounding area has unveiled its new bus. (Rye & Battle Observer)


Students in funding boost for community bus
17 November 2015
Kennet Community Transport has received £1,337 from students at St John’s in Marlborough. (This is Wiltshire)


Volunteer drivers celebrated at special event
16 December
Fifty volunteer drivers who help support older and vulnerable residents are celebrated at a thank you event. (Harwich & Manningtree Standard)


Community heroes recognised at awards night
9 December 2015
A special awards event celebrates the Daventry district’s community heroes and volunteers. (Daventry Express)


Dial-a-ride service celebrates 3,500 passengers
22 December 2015
A transport service for people with mobility problems has picked up 3,500 passengers since starting work earlier this year. (Oxford Mail)


West Norfolk bus firms to accept smartcard
12 November 2015
Bus services in West Norfolk have agreed to accept a ‘holdall’ smartcard. (Lynn News



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

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