Getting Around – Kingsfield

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Getting Around – Kingsfield

Getting Around – Kingsfield

Getting Around…. Kingsfield

Welcome

This bespoke web page has been produced for residents of Kingsfield, Glastonbury to help you make sustainable travel choices getting around the local area. It includes information on walking and cycling routes, bus and train journey timetables and tips for working from home.

Did you know the majority of car trips are less than 2 miles? The options highlighted in this pack may help you change the way you travel and could even save you money, your time and help the environment.

Introduction

As part of the planning application process for the Kingsfield development, a Travel Plan was produced, setting out measures to reduce single occupancy vehicle trips by residents to encourage and promote all methods of sustainable travel and transport.

Kingsfield is approx 1 km from the centre of Glastonbury and within walking distance of schools, bus stops, leisure facilities, shops and employment possibilities.

This web page signposts the various options that are available within the area, such as walking, cycling, car share and public transport. The aim is to improve our environment, our health and our quality of life, whilst easing the pressures on our roads.

What the Travel Plan gives you:

  • A Travel Pack and web page with sustainable travel information and options
  • Green Travel Vouchers – reimbursement for sustainable travel items up to:

£150 for a 2 bedroom dwelling

£200 for a 3 bedroom dwelling

£250 for a 4 bedroom dwelling

  • Bus taster tickets and updates on bus service changes in your area
  • Discount voucher for bicycles, clothing, accessories and motorcycle training
  • Sustainable transport events (look out for details via the web page, Facebook, or by postcard delivered through your letterbox)
  • Annual residents travel surveys to monitor the progress of the Travel Plan

How to get around …. Walking

Walking one mile a day burns 100 calories. By doing this, you could lose ten pounds in a year without changing your eating habits.

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 good pair of walking shoes.

There are many facilities accessible by foot from Kingsfield including local shops, library, schools, leisure facilities and doctor surgery. Trips to local supermarkets can be made on foot or by bike.

Did you know there is a walking group who meet regularly in your area? ‘Health Walks’ are open to all ages and fitness levels and are a great way to find out more about your area and make new friends.   To find out more about the routes, distances and how to join in, visit www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/mendip-health-walks-mendip

There are a variety of Heritage Walks, Nature Reserves and Wetlands to discover around the Mendip area. You can find plenty of ideas (and maps to download) by visiting www.avalonmarshes.org/explore/things-to-do/walking/

There are also many of phone apps and fitness trackers on the market that you can choose from to measure how far you have walked and how many calories you may have burned.

If you fancy exploring the local area, walking, and cycling, maps can also be found at

www.somerset.gov.uk/waste-planning-and-land/walks-and-trails-in-somerset/

 

How to get aroundCycling

People who cycle regularly in mid-adulthood typically enjoy a level of fitness equivalent to someone 10 years younger and their life expectancy is two years above the average

Somerset is a wonderful county for cycling – it is a fantastic way to travel, being quicker than walking (and sometimes driving) and cheaper than running a car.  It is also a great leisure pastime and a free way of getting to work with health, environmental, social and financial benefits.

If you are thinking of buying a bike to commute to work, check with your employer to see if they have signed up to the national Cycle to Work Scheme  www.cyclescheme.co.uk   which provides loans to help employees buy their own bike and make further savings on bike equipment.

To cycle into the centre of town either take Route 3 of the National Cycle Network, then onwards south along Route 26, or via the Strawberry Line. The routes into town are mostly flat and should take no longer than 5 minutes.

Practical information about cycling in and around Kingsfield:

  • Cycle route signs are generally white on a blue background
  • Be visible. You must use front and rear lights after dark and it is advisable to wear a helmet
  • Make sure your bike is well maintained and roadworthy
  • Check out the Somerset Road Safety website somersetroadsafety.org  for advice and courses to keep you safe

To find out more about cycling for leisure and work and get lots of safety tips and advice go to www.travelsomerset.co.uk/cycle For information and maps for cycle trails around Glastonbury go to www.mapmyride.com/gb/glastonbury-eng/

Bicycle shops in your area:

  • Cog & Sprocket Cycles – Street 01458 441752
  • Xpressofix Mobile Bicycle Repairs– Castle Cary 07860 313018
  • Bike City – Wells 01749 670002

 How to get aroundPublic Transport

Travelling by rail, bus or coach can avoid being stuck in congestion and you don’t need to look for a parking space.

Somerset has an extensive public transport network and offers an immediate alternative for individuals to reduce their energy use and carbon footprint.

Taking the Bus

Glastonbury town centre (1km from Kingsfield) is well connected to surrounding towns and villages by bus to the town centre. Bus services that route through Glastonbury go to Taunton, Wells, Yeovil, Bridgwater, Street, Shipham, Shepton Mallet, Gurney Slade, Wedmore, Bristol and Wells.

29            Taunton to Wells

75, X75    Bridgwater to Wells

77            Yeovil to Wells

376          Street to Bristol

668          Street to Shipham

669          Shepton Mallet to Street

649          Street to Gurney Slade

751          Street to Wedmore

To look up timetables, bus stop information and plan your journey, go to www.travelinesw.com

English National Concessionary Travel Scheme Passes are available for those who are of pensionable age or eligible on the grounds of disability www.somerset.gov.uk/concessionary.

Students (16+) can apply for a County Ticket (annual ticket) detailed at  www.somerset.gov.uk/countyticket or call 0300 123 2224 to speak to an advisor. For all other discounts and offers please contact the bus operator.

Your nearest stops are located at:

Wells Road on A361, near Underwood Road (500m away)

Town Centre