Getting Around – Agusta Park

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Getting Around – Agusta Park

Getting Around – Agusta Park

Introduction

This webpage has been produced for residents of Agusta Park, Yeovil to help you travel sustainably in and around the local area. It includes information on walking and cycling routes, bus, coach and train journey timetables and tips for working from home. This bespoke resident’s web page provides links mentioned in the residents Travel Packs making it easier to plan your journey

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.

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.

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.southsomerset.gov.uk/healthwalks

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

Nearby Yeovil Country Park is 127 acres of woodland, rivers, lakes and open grassland with a children’s play area and excellent open spaces for walking.  Visit www.gps-routes.co.uk for cycle/ walking maps including the route which goes to Nine Springs and Goldenstones Leisure Centre.

If you do fancy exploring the local area, walking maps can be downloaded from www.gettingaroundagustapark.co.uk

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 town travel east towards the Odcombe roundabout. Continue heading east and use the Bluebell Road cycle path (right hand side footpath) towards Bluebell roundabout. At the roundabout cross Bunford Lane and then either take the cycle path straight ahead that runs along the airfield for the town centre or turn right (south) and take the cycle path running along Bundford Lane/Lysander Road which leads to Yeovil Country Park.   The Western Corridor will bring additional cycle paths.

Practical information about cycling in and around Agusta Park

  • 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 cycle challenges check out Discover South Somerset’s 80 mile cycle route maps www.discoversouthsomerset.com

Bicycle shops in Yeovil:

  • Rock & Road Ltd – Lynx Trading Estate
  • Mud Sweat n Gears – Lynx Trading Estate
  • Tri UK – Lyde Road

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

Yeovil is well connected to surrounding towns and villages by bus to the town centre and there are hourly or better bus services to places including Chard, Crewkerne, Sherborne, Wincanton, South Petherton, Somerton, Langport, Taunton, Glastonbury, Wells and Taunton.

Service 81 runs a regular service from Houndstone, New Road (Houndstone Corner stop) into Yeovil, terminating at Yeovil Bus Station.

South West Coaches also provide regular bus services around Yeovil including a half hourly service to Yeovil Junction and Pen Mill rail Stations and connect to other towns from the bus station. To find out more visit www.southwestcoaches.co.uk

First Bus www.firstgroup.com/Wessex-dorset-south-somerset  also run regular services into the town centre, to other parts of Yeovil and to surrounding towns.

For Yeovil town centre shopping, get off the bus at the Bus Station  on Central Road, which is adjacent the Quedam Centre and Vicarage Street Methodist Church.

To get you to the top of the town get off the bus at The Borough. Getting off the bus here will take you to the High Street where you will find banks, Post Office, cafes and shops. After a short walk you will find the library.

To look up timetables, bus stop information and plan your journey, go to www.travelinesw.com or, for the service 81 timetable, go to www.bustimes.org/services/81-south-petherton-montacute-yeovil

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. Whilst 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.

Practical information about using the bus from Agusta Park:

Your nearest stops are located at:

New Road – with bus shelters on either side of the road.

Using mobile phone technology to find your next bus

NextBuses is a mobile internet service which enables you to find bus times on your smartphone (iphone, Android and Windows Phone apps are also available). It allows you to select a bus stop close to where you are and find times for the next buses from that stop. Scheduled bus times are shown if live times are not available. Normal data charges from your mobile phone operator apply. Speed and access to the service is subject to your network connection (www.nextbuses.mobi).

Text:

You can also check the next buses from a particular bus stop by sending the bus stop code in a text to 84268. The bus stop code may be displayed on the bus stop flag or in the timetable case. If the stop has lots of departures, then you can also add the service number you want (leaving a space after the stop code)… so your message might look like “sotdtdpt 3”. You will receive a message back, normally in less than a minute. Typically the message will show a clock time if the information comes from timetables (e.g. 0935) but it will show an expected waiting time (e.g. 5 mins) if it comes from a real-time information system. Remember the service is specific to an individual stop for travel in that one direction… the code for the stop in the other direction will be different. The message you send will cost your normal text message charge. In some areas the reply will be free of charge. In most areas the reply will cost up to 25p.

Traveline’s text number is 84268.

Nearest stop code is:

Sotdmjad    Houndstone Corner (W-bound) New Road

Getting on the bus:

  • Find the right stop.
  • Stopping the bus – check the route number and destination on the front of the bus as it approaches. Raise your arm to show the driver that you want it to stop – it may not stop otherwise.
  • Buy your ticket on the bus – choose from a single, return or day ticket for your journey. Quite often day tickets are the cheapest if you are doing two or more journeys that day. Generally a return ticket is the price of 2 singles – unlike the train. Having the correct fare will help the driver who may not have much change. Season tickets may be the cheapest option if you intend to use the bus a lot for your daily commute (these need to be purchased from the bus station or online).
  • Getting off the bus – press the bell once in advance of the stop where you want to get off, giving the driver enough time to slow down and stop. Ask the driver for help if you are unsure where to get off the first time. It helps to know how long your journey is supposed to be so that you know roughly how long you should be on the bus for.

To plan your journey visit www.travelinesw.com and use the ‘plan your journey’ tool or, if you have one, use the free Traveline app on your smartphone

How to get around….. Trains 

               Did you know that cycle parking is available at both Pen Mill and Yeovil Junction stations?

Yeovil has two railway stations on two separate lines serving the town. Yeovil Pen Mill is on the Bristol to Weymouth line and Yeovil Junction is on the Waterloo to Exeter line. South West Trains operate a connecting service between the two from Monday to Friday. Both stations are served by South West Coaches 68 service and ‘PLUSBUS’ tickets (bookable with your train ticket) are available.

For a one-stop shop on information about combining cycle and rail journeys search PlusBike

Practical information about using the trains from Yeovil

  • Yeovil Pen Mill railway station is situated to the east of the town centre. Most of the services from the station are operated by Great Western Railway. gwr.com
  • A broadly two hourly service operates north to Bristol Temple Meads and to Weymouth, southbound. The station is a 23 minute cycle from Agusta Park.
  • Yeovil Junction is the busier of the two railway stations, serving the London Waterloo to Exeter line, and is operated by South West Trains (www.southwesttrains.co.uk). It will take 28 minutes (via Strawberry Line) to cycle there.

Getting on the train

  • 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 –nationalrail.co.uk Tel: 08457 48 49 50 or smartphone app.
  • Buy your ticket – You can order your ticket via the internet, over the phone or at the station before you get the train. Sometimes if the station is unstaffed you can buy the ticket on the train itself. Often buying your ticket at least 24 hours in advance can be much cheaper than buying on the day. Also, there are a variety of railcards and discounts on offer for all age groups including 16-25, Two Together, Family & Friends, Disabled Persons and Senior railcards. Check for details on how to obtain railcards and travel discounts at nationalrail.co.uk
  • On the train – Have your ticket to hand as you may be asked to show your ticket more than once during your journey and to go through the barriers once you get off.

How to get around….. Trains 

           Did you know that cycle parking is available at both Pen Mill and Yeovil Junction stations?

Yeovil has two railway stations on two separate lines serving the town. Yeovil Pen Mill is on the Bristol to Weymouth line and Yeovil Junction is on the Waterloo to Exeter line. South West Trains operate a connecting service between the two from Monday to Friday. Both stations are served by South West Coaches 68 service and ‘PLUSBUS’ tickets (bookable with your train ticket) are available.

For a one-stop shop on information about combining cycle and rail journeys search PlusBike

Practical information about using the trains from Yeovil

  • Yeovil Pen Mill railway station is situated to the east of the town centre. Most of the services from the station are operated by Great Western Railway. gwr.com
  • A broadly two hourly service operates north to Bristol Temple Meads and to Weymouth, southbound. The station is a 23 minute cycle from Agusta Park.
  • Yeovil Junction is the busier of the two railway stations, serving the London Waterloo to Exeter line, and is operated by South West Trains (www.southwesttrains.co.uk). It will take 28 minutes (via Strawberry Line) to cycle there.

Getting on the train

  • 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 –nationalrail.co.uk Tel: 08457 48 49 50 or smartphone app.
  • Buy your ticket – You can order your ticket via the internet, over the phone or at the station before you get the train. Sometimes if the station is unstaffed you can buy the ticket on the train itself. Often buying your ticket at least 24 hours in advance can be much cheaper than buying on the day. Also, there are a variety of railcards and discounts on offer for all age groups including 16-25, Two Together, Family & Friends, Disabled Persons and Senior railcards. Check for details on how to obtain railcards and travel discounts at nationalrail.co.uk
  • On the train – Have your ticket to hand as you may be asked to show your ticket more than once during your journey and to go through the barriers once you get off.

 

How to get aroundCoach

Travelling in a modern, air conditioned, spacious and comfortable coach is a fantastic way to see the country while you unwind.

If you don’t fancy taking the train, a cheaper option may be to go by coach. With regular services running to various parts of the country, it can often work out more economical than using the car.

National Express coaches (www.nationalexpress.com) operate a bookable service from Yeovil bus station to many locations across the country including London, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff and Newquay.

Berry’s Coaches provide a twice daily superfast service to London from Yeovil bus station and offer a variety of excursions – www.berryscoaches.co.uk

Taylors Coach Travel (www.taylorscoachtravel.co.uk) run services both within Yeovil and further afield including day trips, theatre trips and sightseeing tours.  Information on upcoming tours and trips can be found in the local press.

South West Coaches also run tours and excursions, both home and abroad. To find out more go to www.southwestcoaches.co.uk

National Express journey times from Yeovil Bus Station:

Dorchester – 40 mins  Bristol – 1 hr 35 mins  Bournemouth – 2 hrs 10 mins  Cardiff – 3 hrs 15 mins  Birmingham – 4 hours 15 mins  London – 4 hrs 40 mins

How to get around….Motorcycle

Even in the busiest places, there is usually a spot to park a bike

Riding a motorcycle can be cheaper to run than a car, and is a more environmentally friendly option. 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.

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 take advantage of the discount voucher at the back of this booklet or contact one of the many other motorcycle training schools in Yeovil to see what they offer.

Practical information about travelling by motorcycle

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 motorcycles at:

  • Market Street
  • Earle Street
  • North Lane
  • Petters Way

To find out more visit   www.parkopedia.co.uk

If you already own a motorcycle or scooter you may find the following shops useful:

  • Morgan Motorcycles – Brympton Way
  • Bransons Motorcycles – Pen Mill Trading Estate
  • South West Scooters – 5 Central Road

How to get around…. Driving

The average driver spends around £2,300 a year on fuel

Although being able to hop into your car and just drive is very convenient, it may not be the cheapest, fastest or most environmentally friendly option.

In the UK, almost 70 percent of the workforce commuted to work by car during peak times, with the average driver spending 124 hours stuck in gridlock annually, and this is set to rise to 136 hours in 2030, equivalent to 18 working days a year.

There are steps that you can take to reduce the impact of driving on your pocket and the environment. So why not consider some of the ideas below and try something new?

Practical information about travelling by car

  • The simplest way is to try to reduce the number of car journeys you need to make. You will find advice on alternatives within this Travel Pack.
  • Car sharing with a friend, neighbour or colleague is a good way to help cut your travel costs. If you don’t know anyone personally to share your journey, why not look at liftshare.com.uk which is safe, secure and free of charge.
  • Try combining your car journeys, carrying out several tasks in one journey.
  • Try travelling at quieter times of the day, avoiding rush hour if you can.
  • Why not use your car for only part of your journey and cycle or walk the rest.
  • Look into public transport and walking/cycling routes near your home.

Before you set out on your journey, why not take a look at www.travelsomerset.co.uk. or check out the BBC Travel or AA websites (www.theaa.com/traffic-news/index.jsp), which provide up to date information on any roadworks/closures or delays on your route.

Reducing travel in other ways…

Thinking carefully about how you travel is important – but it may be that you don’t have to make that journey at all.  Cutting the number of journeys you make could save you time, hassle and money and cut out commuting time.

Practical information about working from home

Flexible working (or changing the times you work) and home working (or changing where you work) can have major rewards in terms of lifestyle.

  • Why not ask your employer if they can do anything to support flexible and home working. There are a number of rewards that your employer might not be aware of – such as improved staff morale, increased productivity and the potential to provide bigger personal workspaces.
  • Can you set up a home office space to work from home, even for just one day a week? Your employer may also be able to help with this.

Practical information about going shopping

Shopping locally and buying locally sourced products is a good way to improve your lifestyle and support local suppliers.

Using a rucksack or panniers on your bike can help you carry your shopping home.

For bigger purchases, why not do your shopping online and have it delivered to your door? This not only avoids having to travel to the shops but also the queues at the tills, and can even save you money by encouraging you to stick to a budget as the cost is tallied up as you go along. Most national supermarkets have an online service.

You could also link up with neighbours for a big shop, taking it in turns to drive, thereby cutting congestion and the cost of fuel.

To find activities, groups or services in your community that can help improve your health and wellbeing go to www.wellbeingsouthsomerset.org/

Practical information about Days Out /Things to do

Instead of getting in the car to enjoy a day out why not take advantage of what is on your doorstep within either walking or cycling distance, or even a short bus ride away? The journey itself then becomes part of the fun e.g. a cycle ride and stopping for lunch or a picnic.

Places to visit locally:

Fleet Air Arm Museum

Royal Naval Air Station, Yeovilton, BA22 8HT

01935 840565

www.fleetairarm.com

 

The Octagon Theatre

Henford, Yeovil, BA20 1UX

01935 422884

www.octagon-theatre.co.uk

 

ready2climb Adventure Zone

10 Buckland Road, Pen Mill Trading Estate, Yeovil, BA21 5EA

01935 413675

www.ready2climb.co.uk

 

Tintinhull Garden

Farm Street, Yeovil, BA22 8PZ

01935 823289

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tintinhull-garden

 

Yeovil Town Football Club

Huish Park Stadium

Lufton Way, Yeovil, BA22 8YF

01935 423662

www.ytfc.net/club/huishpark

 

Somerset Cider Brandy Company

Pass Vale Farm, Martock, Yeovil, TA12 5BU

01460 240782

www.ciderbrandy.co.uk

 

Montacute House

Montacute, TA15 6XP

01935 823289

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/montacute-house

 

Yeovil Recreation Centre

Chilton Grove/Off Mudford Road, Yeovil, BA21 4AW

01935 462616

www.southsomerset.gov.uk

 

Haynes Motor Museum

Sparkford, BA22 7LH

01963 823289

http://www.haynesmotormuseum.com

 

Yeovil Driving Range

Sherborne Road, Yeovil, BA21 5BW

01935 422965

www.yeovilgolfclub.com/courses/driving

 

Cineworld Cinema

Yeo Leisure Park, Old Station Park, Yeovil, BA20 1NP

0871 200 2000

http://www1.cineworld.co.uk/

 

Swan Theatre

138 Park Street, Yeovil, BA20 1QT

01935 428646

www.swan-theatre.co.uk

 

Yeovil Country Park

Brunswick Street

01935 462462

www.southsomersetcountryside.com

 

Sherborne Castle

New Road, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 5NR

01935 812072

www.sherbornecastle.com

Further information

This bespoke resident’s web page provides links mentioned in this booklet to help you access information about all forms of transport in Somerset and beyond, making it easier to plan your journey.

Travel Somerset

www.travelsomerset.co.uk

For live traffic and road works

 

General Bus Information

Traveline

www.travelinesw.com

0871 200 2233

Nextbuses

www.nextbuses.mobi

 

 

Bus Operators

South West Coaches

www.southestcoaches.co.uk

The Buses of Somerset

www.busesofsomerset.co.uk/timetables

Twitter – @busesofsomerset

First Dorset

www.firstgroup.com/wessex-dorset-south-somerset/

Twitter – @firstdorset

 

Train Information

National Rail Enquiries

www.nationalrail.co.uk

0871 200 49 50

Twitter: @nationalrailenq

 

Train Operators

 

Great Western Railway

www.gwr.com

Twitter – @GWRHelp

 

South West Trains

www.southwesttrains.co.uk

Twitter – @SW_Trains

 

Coaches

 

National Express

www.nationalexpress.com

Pre book 0871 7818181

Twitter – @nationalexpress

 Taylors Coaches

taylorscoachtravel.co.uk

 

Berry’s Coaches

www.berryscoaches.co.uk/book-tickets-london-superfast

 

Bike

Sustrans cycle route planner

www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map

 

Bicycle Shops in Yeovil

Rock & Road Ltd – 01935 431937

Tri UK – 01935 414142

Giant – 01935 478478

 

Motorcycle Shops in Yeovil

Morgan Motorcycles – 01935 433095

Bransons Motorcycles – 01935 474998

South West Scooters – 01935 475574

 

Car

Liftshare

www.liftshare.co.uk

 

Faxi

www.faxi.co.uk

 

Bla Bla Car

www.blablacar.co.uk

 

Go Car Share

www.gocarshare.com

 

Taxis

Yellow Pages

www.yell.com