Getting Around Monkton Heathfield

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Getting Around Monkton Heathfield

Getting Around Monkton Heathfield

Residents Travel Information

Welcome to the Aginshill Meadow resident’s webpage. Aginshill Meadow is located at Monkton Heathfield, less than 3 miles from Taunton town centre, 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.

 

 

Travel packs

During the planning process of the Aginshill Meadow 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 to the left to download the booklet.

 

Green Travel Vouchers

All households were, or will be, offered a Green Travel Voucher to allow residents to purchase items which will help them get around without the car (walking boots, cycle equipment etc) or a weekly or monthly ticket to use the local bus service. See ‘Buses’ below for more details on where to catch your nearest bus. If you have recently moved into Aginshill Meadow, and you have not yet been offered a voucher, please contact your Travel Plan Coordinator (Aga Szewczak, FMW Consultancy on 0117 959 6464).

Walking

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.

Cycling

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.

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

You can cycle to Tacchi Morris Art Centre in two minutes, the cinema and bowling alley in seven, and the train station in ten minutes. There are many bicycle shops in Taunton who will help you choose the right bike for you.

You can download a general cycling map of Taunton 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 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.

Don’t forget you can get discounts on bus travel with your Green Travel Vouchers (they can be used to buy season tickets from home but not individual 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) 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.

Your local bus serves and their main stops:

Service 29

Taunton – Wells (from Staddlestones – S bound)
Taunton – Othery – Glastonbury – Street – Wells.

Service 12

Tonedale – Bridgwater
(from The Merry Monk – SW bound)
Tonedale – Wellington – Musgrove – Taunton – North Petherton – Bridgwater Estates

Service 15

Bridgwater – Rockwell Green
(from Thornash Close – NE bound)
Bridgwater – Taunton – Wellington – Rockwell Green

Service 21

Taunton – Burnham-on Sea
(from Thornash Close – NE bound)
Taunton – Monkton Heathfield – North Petherton – Bridgwater – Dunball – Pawlett – Huntspill – Highbridge – Burnham-on-Sea

Other stops in the village are:

Brittons Ash (N and SW bound)
Heathfield School (W bound)
Hartnells Farm (NE and SW bound)

Bus stop codes around Aginshill Meadow:

Thornash Close (NE bound): sotajwdw
The Merry Monk (SW bound): sotajwdg
Staddlestones: sotajwaw/sotajwap

Driving

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

Motorcycling is a quick and easy way to avoid congestion for those who prefer to travel independently. Driving a motorcycle can be cheaper to run than a car and a more environmentally friendly option.

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
The 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 www.parkopedia.co.uk

If you would like to learn to ride a motorcycle or already have a license but are a bit rusty and require a refresher course, why not contact one of the many motorcycle training schools in Taunton.

Train services

Taunton train station is located on Station Road to the north of Taunton town centre which is a 15 minute cycle ride from the Monkton Heathfield development.

As a main line station all of the major towns and cities in the southwest are in easy reach for example Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol, Bath and London. Many local services also run, including Bridgwater, Weston Super Mare, Frome and Yeovil. You can look up train times to your destination on the National Rail website or phone 08457 48 49 50

Taunton Train Station – facilities | departures

Taxis can be booked through www.traintaxi.co.uk

If you are taking your bicycle on the train you may need to book a space 2 hours prior to departure. Find out more on 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.
To find out more 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, nearby, at the end of the A358 near Junction 25 of the M5.


Information and resources

Getting Around Aginshill Meadow – information for residents
Calendar of Sustainable Travel Events 2016
Travel Change Calculator
Cycle Journey Planner
David Wilson Homes


Journey planners

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


Timetables
Buses of Somerset