Resident’s travel information
Welcome to the Kingwell Rise resident’s web page. Kingwell Rise is located in Wincanton, a small town in the south east of Somerset, situated by the A303, one of the main routes between London and the South West of England. On this page you will be able to find information on ways to travel in and around the area.
During the planning process of the Kingwell Rise 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 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 to the left to download the travel pack.
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 the library and town hall in just 4 minutes and the sports centre in under 10 minutes. There are many bicycle shops around the Wincanton area where you can find help you choosing the right bike for you. Plan your cycle journey here.
Catch the bus
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 to and from Wincanton. This can be a good option for travelling locally, avoiding traffic congestion and parking costs.
South West Coaches, First and Nippy Bus run regular services around Wincanton, connecting the town to surrounding areas including Yeovil, Stalbridge, Bruton, Castle Cary, Gillingham and Shaftesbury, and services to Strode and Yeovil Colleges.
The CAT Ring and Ride is a demand responsive transport scheme for people of all ages who live on a normal bus route but are unable to use it due to mobility difficulties or for those with infrequent or no public transport. To find out more you can go to Ring and Ride South Somerset or phone 01963 33864.
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) detailed 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 and codes are located at:
Memorial Hall (Wincanton’s main stop) – sotdjpat
Common Road by the junction with Deanesly Way (north west bound) – sotdjpdw
Your local bus services:
1B (South West Coaches) Bruton – Castle Cary – Sparkford – Yeovil
28 (Tourist Coaches) Bruton – Mere – Fonthill Bishop – Dinton – Salisbury
58/58A (First) Templecombe – Milborne Port – Sherborne – Yeovil
158 (South West Coaches) Mere – Gillingham – Shaftesbury
648 (South West Coaches) Strode College service
658 (Nippy) Yeovil College service
667 (Nippy) Bruton – Castle Cary – Street
Please note these are subject to change- please check with your local operator.
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.
National Express coaches operate a bookable service and are on the direct route to London via nearby Henstridge to many locations across the country including London Victoria, Salisbury, Basingstoke, Andover and Heathrow Airport. Henstridge can be reached by First Bus Services 58/58A. To find out more about coach journeys go to the National Express website or phone 0871 7818181
Berrys Coaches operate a superfast service to London and excursion days from the Memorial Hall.
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.
Motorcycling is a quick and easy way to avoid congestion for those who prefer to travel independently. Motorcycling can be cheaper to run than a car, and is more environmentally friendly. It can reduce travel time for both you and other road users by either by-passing traffic or taking up less road space and therefore reducing congestion.
Many car parks have dedicated areas for motorcycles, making parking easier and reducing the risk of any damage happening to the vehicle. Within Yeovil town centre you can find provision for motorcycle parking at Market Street, Earle Street, North Lane and Petters Way. To find out more visit www.parkopedia.co.uk
Wincanton does not have its own railway station but there are three stations within a short distance from Kingwell Rise with easy links to many parts of the south west and beyond, including Exeter, Bristol, Bath, London and Salisbury. All three stations are connected to Wincanton by frequent bus links.
Templecombe railway station, 5 miles from Kingwell Rise, is on the Exeter to London Waterloo mainline and is operated by South West Trains . First bus services 58 and 58A connect Wincanton to the stations and are reasonably frequent.
Bruton Station (6 miles from Kingwell Rise) is on the Bristol – Weymouth line is operated by Great Western Railway.
Castle Cary railway station is on the London Paddington to Exeter and Bristol to Weymouth lines, 8 miles from Kingwell Rise. This is also operated by Great Western Railway.
To look up the times of the trains to your destination – use the various National Rail Enquiry services to get the time of the next train or call 08457 48 49 50 (or use a smartphone app).
Taxis can be booked through traintaxi.co.uk
If you are planning to take your bicycle on the train you may now need to book a space 2 hours prior to departure. To find out more go to the Great Western Railway website
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 Park and Ride services situated at the end of the A358 near Junction 25 of the M5, which is well positioned for journeys from Yeovil.
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
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.