Rural England

Access to transport

Graphs on this page:

Supporting information:

Key points

  • A third of households in rural districts say that their local public transport needs improving.  This compares with a fifth of households in urban districts.
  • See the UK indicator on transport.

Rural/urban ratios (urban = 10)

On most poverty and social exclusion indicators, rural areas have ‘better scores’ than urban areas. The purpose of the table below is to differentiate between those subjects where rural areas are ‘a bit better’ and those where rural areas are ‘a lot better’. It does so by presenting the rural statistics for the indicator as a proportion of the urban statistics. So, for example, a rural ‘score’ of 6 in the table below means that the rural statistic is around 60% of its urban equivalent.

'Very rural' districts18
'Mostly rural' districts15
'Part rural' districts14

Definitions and data sources

The graphs

For each type of local authority district, the graph shows the proportion of people who said that public transport was a feature of their area which they would like to see improved.

Level of the data

Lower tier local authorities (districts), as classified by the DEFRA 2009 classification system.  Both the DEFRA classification rules and their results by local authority can be found on the page on rural/urban classification systems.


2004/05 Survey of English Housing.  Note that an equivalent question has not been asked since 2004/05.

External links

The numbers

'Very rural' districts37%
'Mostly rural' districts32%
'Part rural' districts30%
Urban districts21%