We want to help make your journeys as easy as possible. So, this leaflet will arm you with lots of useful information on reaching your destinations using a range of methods – including some you may not have tried before. You may discover that cycling, walking or catching a bus could save you time and money, as well as keeping you fit – they’re better for the environment too. A National Cycle Network route actually runs through the town and there are lots of interesting places to visit within walking distance. So, take a look at the key points covered here and visit the listed websites for comprehensive details.
As a welcome, we are delighted to offer you this Travel Information Pack for the local area.
Journey Planners The Travel Somerset and Think Travel websites provide information about all travel options in Somerset and includes journey planning tools.
Traveline is another useful journey planning tool and can be found at: www.travelinesw.com
Cycling keeps you fit and healthy, as well as being a cheaper alternative to running a car or using public transport. Cycling will also reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment. Cycling doesn’t take long – within a 10 minute cycle you can reach Taunton town centre.
Sustrans is the UK’s leading sustainable transport charity, with loads of useful information and tips on cycling available on their website www.sustrans.org.uk
On Road Tips
Off Road Tips
Stay safe while cycling
Taunton has an extensive local cycle network consisting of quiet roads, traffic free, and signed cycle routes that are well connected to the National Cycle Network.
Lyngford Lane and Dorchester Road, which are very close to where you live, are suggested on road routes that connect to a traffic-free cycle path at Lyngford Park. An off-road route crosses the park and connects to the wider cycle network in Taunton, including the National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 3 going east-west through the town from Tiverton to Bridgwater.
If you are over 16 years of age you are eligible for free cycle training sessions from Life Cycle UK. There are no hidden costs or catches.
Life Cycle UK run free cycle training sessions for both adults and children, as well as bike vouchers for money off bicycles and cycle equipment. It also provides subsidised cycle parking to Somerset residents through its Get Somerset Cycling campaign in partnership with On Your Bike, Taunton Area Cycling Campaign, and Somerset Community Council. Whether you’re a complete beginner, would like to boost your confidence or want to develop more advanced skills, it’s easy to get some coaching that fits your needs. You can book a one-to-one, or group sessions with an instructor.
To find out more information visit the Get Somerset Cycling section on the Life Cycle UK website www.lifecycleuk.org.uk/get-somerset-cycling
Car sharing is a more sustainable way of travelling by car, and a great way of reducing the number of cars on the road at the same time. Car sharing involves two or more people sharing a vehicle rather than driving separately. Other benefits of car sharing include:
Finding a car share partner
Register your journey details on the national Liftshare website to see if anyone else is travelling in the same direction and similar times. www.liftshare.com
Walking is a great way to discover more about your community, improve your fitness and save money on travelling. There are a number of benefits of regularly walking for short and local journeys:
The local railway station is close to the town centre, about 1.6 km south of your home. It is a 5-10 minute cycle, 10 minutes by bus, or a 20 minute walk. Cycle parking is available at the station forecourt. Car parking is also available at a new multistorey car park.
There are trains every 15 minutes on average from Taunton to Exeter, and trains roughly every 30 minutes to destinations including Bridgwater, Bristol, Plymouth and Penzance. There are hourly trains from Taunton to London via Reading, and another hourly train to Birmingham.
Information to assist with planning journeys, ticket prices, rail cards and purchasing tickets is available from train operator websites or national train ticket websites:
National Rail – www.nationalrail.co.uk
Great Western Railway – www.gwr.com
Cross Country Trains – www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk
A number of bus services run in your local neighbourhood. These are on Warwick Road close to Glen Drive, on Rochester Road at its northern end near Warwick Road, in the middle near Oxford Place and at its southern end near Dorchester Road. All bus stops are within a 4 minute walk of your home.
Bus service 1 operated by Buses of Somerset call at these stops. It operates from The Parade in Taunton town centre – Wellsprings – Ladymead Road – back to the Parade, and operates every 30 minutes Monday – Friday 06:28 – 18:48. On Saturdays the service runs every 30 minutes between 07.18 – 18:48. There is no service on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Because of the works as part of the North Taunton Woolaway Project some services may be locally diverted.
There is a futher bus stop on Selworthy Road, near its junction with Eastwick Road, within a 5–10-minute walk of your home. This is a stop for bus service 2 operated by Buses of Somerset. This operates from The Parade – Priorswood – Monkton Heathfield – The Parade, and operates every hour Monday to Saturday 07:28 – 17:58. There is no service on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Both of these services stop at the train station.
Bus Operator Contact information
Telephone: 0345 646 0707
Buses of Somerset is owned by First Bus and tickets can be purchased on the First Bus app with tickets costing:
Local Town Zone tickets are significantly more affordable for riders travelling within Taunton, their prices are:
Latest information on bus ticket prices is available via the Official Price Guide:
First Bus App
The FirstBus App allows you to plan journeys, buy m-tickets which are slightly cheaper than buying on the bus, and track buses with real-time information. Find the app by searching FirstBus app in the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Somerset Accessible Transport is the local ‘Dial-a-Ride’ scheme with several minibuses available for hire for community groups, which also operate the Taunton and Wellington Slinky services. Slinky is an accessible bus service funded by Somerset County Council for people unable to access conventional transport. This service can be used for getting to local health appointments, exercise classes, visiting friends and relatives, going shopping or for social reasons. You can also use the Slinky connection to other forms of public transport
Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm, excluding Public Holidays Telephone: 01823 331266, booking lines are open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 3.30pm
There are several local taxi drivers and firms in Taunton, including:
Taunton Taxi Services Tel: 01823248248
Tone Taxi Tel: 01823762240
K Taxis Tel: 07467133711
A Cabs Taunton Tel: 01823429406
TNT Taxis Taunton Tel: 01823241122
Friends Taxis Taunton Tel: 01823535353