Residents Travel Information
Welcome to the Kinglake resident’s web page. Kinglake is located on the edge of Bishops Hull, Taunton, Somerset and has connections to neighbouring areas through local footway, cycling and a public transport network. On this page you will be able to find information on ways to travel in and around your area.
During the planning process of the Kinglake development a travel plan was written to encourage new residents to make more sustainable travel choices (such as walking, cycling and public transport) and reduce the number of single occupancy car journeys. Each household should have received a travel pack which gives handy information on individual travel choices, cycle and bus maps, and how to reduce car use.
Click on the image on the right to download the travel pack booklet.
Walking is an excellent way to get around. It’s free, reliable and a great way to fit regular exercise into your daily routine, no matter what your age or level of fitness. It requires no specialist equipment other than a comfy pair of shoes. There are phone apps on the market you can use to measure how far you have walked and how many calories you may have burned. Take a look at our Travel Change Calculator to see the difference you can make.
Somerset is a wonderful county for cycling. Many more people cycle to work in Somerset than in most other counties in the UK. It is a fantastic way to travel, being quicker than walking (and sometimes driving) and cheaper than running a car. It is a great leisure pastime, as well as way to commute to work or study, and it also has health, environmental, social and financial benefits.
You can cycle to Somerset College and Musgrove Park Hospital in under 10 minutes and the centre of town in under fifteen. There are many bicycle shops in Taunton who will help you choose the right bike for you. Plan your cycle journey here
Somerset has an extensive public transport network and offers an immediate alternative for individuals to reduce their energy use and carbon footprint.
There are many local bus services running across the county and within the Taunton Deane area especially. This can be a good option for travelling locally, avoiding traffic congestion and parking costs. Taunton now has two Park and Ride sites (one either side of the town) which have regular buses in and out of town at a cost much less than a days’ parking.
First Bus Group provide a regular half hourly service (Service 3) into the town centre from 7.30am (into Bishops Hull) until last bus back into town at 6pm. The journey takes around 15 minutes and, to save money, you can purchase weekly and monthly tickets.
You can look up timetables, bus stop information and plan your journey on Traveline
If you are over 60 and/or disabled you could be entitled to free travel with a Concessionary Bus Pass. Details are on the County Council’s Concessionary Bus Pass page.
Students (16+) can apply for a County Ticket (annual ticket). You can find out more on the County Council’s County Ticket page or phone 0300 123 2224 to speak to an advisor.
For all other discounts and offers contact the bus operator.
The nearest stops are located at:
1. Bishops Hull Road (for Service 3) Bishops Hull – Priorswood
2. Comeytrowe Lane, Stonegallows stop (Service 22) Taunton – Rockwell Green – Collumpton/Tiverton via Wellington
3. Comeytrowe Lane, Stonegallows stop (Service 22a) Taunton – Tonedale via Wellington
Stops for the 22 and 22a include (but not all): Richard Huish College (college days only) Taunton bus stop, Somerset College, Heatherton Park, Wellington High Street, Rockwell Green, Uffculme, Willand, Cullompton, Balberton and Tiverton.
Bus stop codes around Kinglake:
Bishops Hull Road: sotdtdpt
Comeytrowe Lane, Stonegallows (west bound) sotagtaw
Taunton Deane Cemetery, Wellington Road (east bound) sotagtga
Many employees already travel together to get to work by car. You can look for someone to share lifts with on the internet, using lift sharing sites, such as Liftshare.com. Before you set off from work you can also check Traffic England to see what the traffic situation is like. Plan ahead and don’t leave home just to join the back of a queue.
If you drive an electric car check out this live interactive link to find car charging points in the UK
Motorcycling is a quick and easy way to avoid congestion for those who prefer to travel independently.
Many car parks have dedicated areas for motorcycles, making parking easier and reducing the risk of any damage happening to the vehicle. Within Taunton town centre there are 4 car parks with dedicated motorcycle parking.
Elms Parade – off Staplegrove Road
Coal Orchard – off St James Street
Whirligig Lane – off Magdalene Street
Musgrove Park Hospital – Duchess 2 car park off Parkfield Drive
To find out more visit the Parkopedia website
Taunton train station is located on Station Road to the north of Taunton town centre which is a 15 minute cycle ride from the Kinglake development.
As a main line station all of the major towns and cities in the southwest are in easy reach e.g. Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol, Bath and London. Many local services also run, including Bridgwater, Weston Super Mare, Frome and Yeovil. To look up the times of the trains to your destination you can go to the National Rail website or phone 08457 48 49 50
Taxis can be booked through www.traintaxi.co.uk
If you are taking your bicycle on the train you may now have to book a space 2 hours prior to departure. To find out more go to the Great Western Railway website.
Taking the coach
If you don’t fancy taking the train, a cheaper option may be by coach. With regular services running to various parts of the country, it can be a more financially viable option than driving the car. You can be in the centre of London in just 3 hours!
National Express coaches operate a bookable service from Taunton bus station to many locations across the country including Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Manchester, Newquay, Plymouth and London. You can find out more on the National Express website or phone 0871 7818181.
Berrys Coaches operate a superfast service to London and excursion days from Taunton.
Working from home
Thinking carefully about how you travel is important – but it may be that you don’t have to make that journey at all. Ask your employer if you can work at home once a week or more often if your job allows. Using a laptop and a home office space means you can get to work just walking down your stairs.
Park and ride
Taunton has two Park and Ride services sites situated, one at Silk Mills and the other at the end of the A358 near Junction 25 of the M5.
Information and resources
Travel Somerset Journey Planner
trafficengland.com or 08700 660 115 – check ahead for M5
traveline.org.uk and 0871 200 2233 – public transport information
nationalrail.co.uk and 0871 200 49 50 – train times and bookings
Buses of Somerset – Bus operator timetables
This page is maintained by Somerset County Council as part of its travel plan obligations for the Kinglake development. Please let us know if there any inaccuracies, or improvements or ideas you would like to see added to the information above.