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Rural Vulnerability Service


Welcome to the latest Rural Vulnerability Service newsletter - 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.

This email newsletter focuses on 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:

Rail is on the up, but buses still struggle
3 December 2016
Buses in rural areas are rarely commercial, and local authorities have diminishing resources so are often unable to keep them going. (Northumberland Gazette)

Volunteers needed for rural car link
17 December 2016
The Norfolk Community Transport Association is looking to build up a network of volunteer rural drivers. (EDP24)

Funding offered for community-run buses
9 December 2016
Match-funding of up to £5,000 is being offered to Dorset communities that organise their own bus schemes. (BBC Online)

Rural areas hit hard by decline, says bishop
2 December 2016
Sparse and expensive rural public transport is contributing to poorer families, stretched relationships, isolation and loneliness. (Church Times)

Councils to subsidise rural bus service
15 December 2016
Two county councils have agreed £60,000 of emergency funding to ensure a rural bus service operates for another year. (Stamford Mercury)

Volunteers add new rural bus routes
28 November 2016
A new minibus service is launched to link remote villages to key services in nearby towns. (Yorkshire Post)

Peer hails importance of rural communities
24 November 2016
Lord Kirkhope has pledged to stand up for rural areas as he takes his seat in the House of Lords. (Yorkshire Post)

When we cut rural bus routes, we cut culture and tourism
2 December 2016
Richard Morrison examines the issue of rural public transport – and how it is more important than simply taking people from place to place. (The Times (subscription))

Motorists urged to take care on country roads
12 December 2016
Drivers are being reminded to take care on rural roads in the latest campaign supported by Staffordshire's Safer Roads Partnership. (Leek Post and Times)

MPs back calls for extension of ‘vital’ bus franchising powers
13 December 2016
Labour MPs have joined Yorkshire council leaders in calling for “vital” new bus franchising powers to be extended beyond areas with directly elected mayors. (Yorkshire Post)

Mayor hitches ride to find out about transport service
25 November 2016
The Mayor of Taunton Deane joined local passengers to see how a rural transport scheme works. (Wellington Today)

Bus services to lose council subsidy funding
19 December 2016
Forty bus services across the East Riding are set to lose their council subsidy funding. (Hull Daily Mail)

Council pulls funding for ‘lifeline’ bus service
4 December 2016
Cash-strapped council chiefs are to pull funding for a ‘lifeline’ travel service for pensioners. (Derbyshire Times)

New bus service to connect villages
28 November 2016
A new bus service will link some of North Richmondshire’s more remote villages to the main towns and their services. (Richmondshire Today)

Make OAPs pay half fare to save rural buses, says Tory peer
24 November 2016
Older passengers would be prepared to pay half of their bus fare if it meant safeguarding rural bus services, a leading Tory peer has claimed. (Yorkshire Post)
Transport ToolkitTransport Toolkit
Produced by the Campaign to Protect Rural England, this toolkit aims to improve local transport choices.

In The CommunityIn the Community
Calor has a long history of supporting the local areas in which it works, and the rural communities it serves.

Community TransportCommunity Transport
Help address rural transport needs with the Community Transport Association and ACRE.
Transport ArchiveTransport Archive
Archived documents relating to rural transport issues from the former Commission for Rural Communities.

Rural AccessibilityRural Accessibilty
Accessing key services by public transport is important in terms of social inclusion as well as service delivery.

Rural AccessibilityLocal Transport Plans
Your council publishes a local transport plan to maintain and improve transport in your area.

About Us

Sponsored by Calor, the Rural Vulnerability Service is a FREE information service brought to you by the Rural Services Network and the Rural England CIC.

Calor was set up 80 years ago with the intention of bringing clean, efficient and modern energy to rural Britain. This focus continues today with 75% of Calor's business in the British countryside. Calor supports efforts to tackle climate change and improve energy efficiency through its range of low carbon and renewable products and services. And from 2016, Calor will be bringing the world’s first wholly-renewable LPG – biopropane – to the British market.

Furthermore, Calor’s transport solution – LPG Autogas – can deliver significant air quality and environmental benefits, and at around half the cost of petrol and diesel benefits the hard-pressed motorist too. Over 150,000 motorists already benefit from this cleaner and affordable fuel, which is available from over 1,400 refuelling stations across Britain.

Articles in this newsletter are included for information only and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Rural Services Network or Calor.
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