Rural Vulnerabilty Service - Transport (June 2018)

Welcome to the latest newsletter from the Rural Vulnerability Service - brought to you by the Rural Services Network and the Rural England CIC in association with Calor.

The vulnerability service aims to disseminate information about three key rural issues: fuel poverty, broadband and rural transport.

Rural transport faces many threats - ranging from fuel costs through to the lack of public and community transport in many areas.

The topic has rarely been bigger or more pressing.

Changes to public transport subsidies make community-run initiatives increasingly important.

Latest updates:

Free school transport lost for 20,000 rural pupils

24 May 2018
More than 20,000 children in rural England have lost access to free school transport, say local authorities. (BBC Online)

Community transport charity’s funding future debated

6 June 2018
Council grant funding for community transport initiatives will be made available to a wider range of groups – instead of one popular provider. (Worthing Herald)

Concerns over community transport in Northumberland

30 May 2018
Proposed changes to the rules governing community transport schemes could have ‘significant implications’ for operators. (Northumberland Gazette)

Transport bosses want views on rural bus services

26 June 2018
Rural bus services may have been saved thanks to Kent Live's campaign but now transport bosses want to hear your views. (Kent Live)

MP fights for district’s community transport services

24 May 2018
North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb says he is attempting to get clarity on a regulation which could seriously harm community transport. (North Norfolk News)

New vehicle arrives at Ryedale Community Transport

29 May 2018
Ryedale Community Transport has added a new vehicle to its accessible fleet. (York Press)

Consultation over rural transportation to take place

3 June 2018
Villagers will have the chance to share their views regarding rural transport as Kent County Council launches a consultation into services. (Thanet News)

Council to vote on cuts to rural school transport

15 June 2018
Suffolk council is preparing controversial cuts to school transport that will “significantly impact” pupil numbers at schools around the county. (schools Week

Invest in broadband and transport, say rural youth

24 May 2018
Nearly 40% of young people living in the countryside plan to move to urban centres, according to interim results from the Rural Youth Project survey. (Farmers Weekly

Government backs down after transport campaign

1 june 2018
MP Stephen Crabb has met with the Preseli Rural Transport Association to discuss their fears over potential new licensing costs. (County Echo)

Potholes: Shropshire's rural roads ‘at point of failure’ - claim

17 May 2018
Rural roads are in a perilous state, with councillors today declaring them "at the point of failure". (Shropshire Star)

Petition launched to protect village transport links

2 June 2018
A petition to save rural bus services in Corby has been launched. (Northamptonshire Telegraph)



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