Rural Vulnerabilty Service - Transport (May 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:
MP urges government to cherish community transport

3 May 2018
Rishi Sunak has urged the Department of Transport to cherish the efforts of volunteers as it considers changes to the regulations governing community transport operators.
(Richmondshire Today)

Call for ‘fit for purpose’ road network in East Anglia

9 May 2018
Poor average journey times on the region’s key routes have led to business chiefs calling for a “fit for purpose” road network to tackle congestion.
(Lowestoft Journal

Transport barrier for youngsters in rural areas

10 April 2018
The cost of getting to workplaces and education providers is stopping young people from progressing their careers.
(Third Force News)

Buses help combat isolation felt by elderly

26 April 2018
Two borough MPs travelled on Ealing Community Transport minibuses for a morning to discover how it ends social isolation in their constituencies.
(Ealing Times)

Wheels on West Norfolk buses go round and round

29 April 2018
More bus services are being rolled out in West Norfolk.

School provides new community bus for Suffolk villages

30 April 2018
As one community bus service winds down, another starts up to replace the much needed community resource.
(Lowestoft Journal)

Elderly and vulnerable ‘would be lost’ without valued community bus service

27 April 2018
A community bus scheme for vulnerable people in Exmouth faces an uncertain future if it cannot raise vital funds.
(Exmouth Journal)

Operator licence plan could spell disaster

26 April 2018
An “utterly absurd” situation could spell disaster for bus services relied on by the elderly and children, leading councillors have claimed.
(Richmondshire Today

Community transport scheme needs new drivers

23 April 2018
The Royston & District Community Transport scheme is urgently seeking new drivers for its minibus fleet.
(Royston Crow)

Community transport faces £175,000 Cuts

17 April 2018
Lancashire County Council needs to save another £175,000 from its community transport budget.

Fight to save ‘vital’ community transport schemes

22 April 2018
County councillors have contacted MPs to ensure ‘vital’ community transport schemes are not put at risk by proposed Government legislation.
(Mid Devon Advertiser)

Deeside receives £1.8m for public transport improvements

12 April 2018
Some £1.8m will be spent improving public transport in Deeside as part of preparations for a north east Wales metro, ministers have said.
(BBC Online)

Community transport lifeline in is under threat

20 April 2018
Vital ring-and-ride services providing a lifeline to vulnerable people could have to fold if the Government enforces European regulations, operators have warned. (Okehampton Times)

Community bus service could be scrapped

29 April 2018
A charity may scrap its Tees Valley-wide community minibus service amid funding and volunteer shortages – just a year after taking delivery of two new buses.
(Northern Echo)

Community transport volunteers call for protection

18 April 2018
Volunteer minibus services for the elderly, vulnerable and community groups could be under threat, if new proposals come into law.
(Western Telegraph)



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