Welcome to the Taunton resident’s webpage. Here you will be able to find information on ways to travel in and around your area and you will find links to a walking and cycling map of Taunton and webpages that can help you get out and about without taking the car.
Getting around Taunton is an initiative aimed at reducing congestion and encourage more sustainable modes of transport such as walking, cycling, car share and public transport. Did you know that the majority of car trips are less than 2 miles? These days it’s all too easy to hop in the car without thinking, even when we’re only popping around the corner. Walking or cycling some of these small journeys instead, even occasionally, would make a big difference.
Personalised Travel Planning Project
During the summer of 2017 the walking and cycling charity Sustrans are working with Somerset County Council to offer travel advise to the residents of Eastgate, Hollway, Halcon and Blackbrook. If you live in this area, missed us and would like to re-arrange your appointment with one of our travel advisors please get in touch.
Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle.
We connect people and places, create liveable neighbourhoods, transform the school run and deliver a happier, healthier commute. Join us on our journey. www.sustrans.org.uk
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.
Walking for Health and Fitness can easily be combined with going to work, school, shopping or walking the dog.
There are also a variety of phone apps on the market you can use to measure how far you have walked and calories burned. Why not try our Travel Change Calculator
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.
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.
Bike hire & bike maintenance courses
The charity On Your Bike run regular bike maintenance courses and provide bike hire from their shop at Taunton Station and at Trinity House.
Cycling groups & Services
TAUNTON AREA CYCLING CAMPAIGN
Taunton Area Cycling Campaign is seeking improved cycle provision and promotion, working with the local authorities and building on the survey that we carried out in summer 2016. We are a friendly group and welcome new members and supporters. To join our supporters list for regular newsletters, email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit our website at www.tacc.space
Cycle Somerset is affiliated to Cycling UK (CTC) and is a club for individuals and families. There is a wide range of rides to choose from and in addition to weekend rides the club has events for ladies, ‘back on your bike’, evening and mid-week groups. Membership is £10/ household p.a. Details of rides at www.cyclesomerset.org.uk
TAUNTON BIKE CLUB
Taunton Bike Club is a British Cycling GoRide club and has rides and sessions for bike skills for young riders aged 8-16 years old. Opportunities offered include cyclocross races and visits to Newport velodrome. The cost is £5 membership and £2 a session. www.tauntonbikeclub.org.uk
Wellington Wheelers Cycling Club, a sociable cycling club based in Wellington, Somerset. It is a welcoming, friendly club that has three groups out every Sunday and Tuesday. Abilities range from relative beginners in the C group to racers and climbers in the A group. Loads of events are laid on throughout the year from Time Trials to barbecues, details of which are at http://www.wellingtonwheelers.co.ukor on the club Facebook page.
THE SOMERSET TRIATHLON CLUB
Somerset RC Tri is an inclusive triathlon club that aims to provide the opportunity for people of all ages to train and race triathlons. Our training is provided by British Triathlon Federation qualified coaches in a safe, friendly environment and includes: pool swimming sessions for all abilities, open water swimming, running and cycling groups of varying speeds. For more information please visit www.somersetrctri.co.uk/membership
ON YOUR BIKE
On Your Bike Taunton recycles unwanted bicycles, supports disadvantaged people into work and promotes cycling for health and fitness. The charity’s retail outlets offer a huge range of new and refurbished bicycles for sale, plus speedy, high quality bicycle servicing and repairs in our workshops. On Your Bike has refurbished thousands of scrapped bicycles, introduced hundreds of new riders to the benefits of cycling and worked with over 300 beneficiaries to improve their well-being and life chances! www.on-your-bike.org
3a Roman Road TA1 2BD
Ralph Colman Cycles
69-71 Station Road TA1 1PA
The Bicycle Chain
On Your Bike Charity
14 Trinity Business Centre
South Street TA1 3AQ
Taunton Railway Station
Station approach TA1 1QW
84 Priory Bridge Road
Taunton TA1 1QA
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.
Buses of Somerset run regular services into the town centre and to other parts of Taunton and its surroundings.
Slinky is an accessible bus service funded by Somerset County Council for people unable to access conventional transport. This service can be used for a variety of reasons such as getting to local health appointments or exercise classes, visiting friends and relatives, going shopping or for social reasons. You can also use the Slinky as a link to other forms of public transport.
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 (www.somerset.gov.uk/countyticket) or phone 0300 123 2224 to speak to an advisor.
For all other discounts and offers contact the bus 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 from Taunton bus station to many locations across the country including London, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff and Torquay. 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
Hatch Green Coaches Local company providing coach and mini bus hire
Park and ride
Taunton has two Park and Ride sites – Silk Mills and Gateway. Gateway is situated at the end of the A358 near Junction 25 of the M5, which is well positioned for journeys into Taunton town centre and Musgrove Park.
Taunton’s well-connected to long-distance train services to major cities and is served by Taunton Rail Station on Station Road.
Taxis are available at the front and rear of the station
If you are taking your bicycle on the train you may now need to book a space 2 hours prior to departure. You can find out more from Great Western Railway
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 on your journey you can check for possible roadworks and disruption at Travel Somerset
Motorcycling is a quick and easy way to avoid congestion for those who prefer to travel independently.
Most car parks have dedicated areas for motorcycles, making parking easier and reducing the risk of any damage happening to the vehicle. To find out which car parks have provision for motorcycles go to Parkopedia