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Rural Vulnerability Service


Welcome to the latest Rural Vulnerability Service newsletter - brought to you by the Rural Services Network 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:

Bus service cuts isolate rural passengers
12 November 2016
Families in rural areas are being isolated due to cuts in bus services, councils have warned. (BBC Online)

Bus use falls to lowest level in decade
19 October 2016
Bus use across England has fallen to its lowest for a decade, new figures reveal. (BBC Online)

Rural bus subsidies may yet be saved
22 November 2016
Public transport campaigners and politicians were today waiting for further details over apparent plans to throw Lancashire’s subsidised bus services a 12- month lifeline. (The Gazette)

Operator ensures continuation of rural service
18 October 2016
A new operator has been commissioned to take over a rural bus route in the Coquet Valley, securing the continuation of the service. (Northumberland Gazette)

Funding deficit puts community transport at risk
9 November 2016
OTHER ways to fund ‘an essential service for the most vulnerable people’ must be found if it is to continue. (Holsworthy Post)

Community transport group clocks up 4,000 passenger trips
13 November 2016
A LIFELINE has been handed to rural communities after a £500,000 cut to Dorset's transport budget. (Dorset Echo)

Better bus services ‘cut social deprivation’
24 Octber 2016
IMPROVING local bus services reduces social deprivation and improves people’s life chances, according to a new report. (Yorkshire Post)

Labour calls for long-term plan on buses
19 October 2016
Labour has called for a 'long-term strategy' for bus funding to halt the decline in bus use. (Transport Network)

Rural areas are missing out on tourism boom, MPs told
16 November 2016
Opportunities are being missed to attract international visitors to the British countryside, Sir Gary Verity told MPs. (Yorkshire Post)

Help needed to tackle rural isolation
26 October 2016
A NEW initiative is being launched to help tackle rural isolation. (Gazette & Herald)

West Sussex set for £1m to improve safety of England's 'worst road'
17 November 2016
Ministers have offered West Sussex County Council up to £1m to continue making road safety improvements. (Transport Network)

MP secures breakthrough to point tourists to the countryside
19 October 2016
A bid to lure more visitors into one of Yorkshire’s most popular countryside destinations is underway. (Yorkshire Post)

Rural minibus service presented with Queen’s Award
27 October 2016
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service has been officially presented to the Community Minibus Association. (Midhurst & Petworth Observer)

Rural train station to shut permanently
24 October 2016
Norton Bridge Railway Station, on the route between Stafford and Stone stations, is being closed for good. (Stoke Sentinal)

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.

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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