Transport information and strategy
This page contains information on all modes of public transport, how to report road problems and information on planned roadworks in Somerset. The page also contains information on community transport and links to local transport information, policies and strategy.
Public Transport and Roads
Somerset County Council is the Local Transport Authority for this area. Their easy to navigate “Travel Somerset” website provides detailed information about roads across Somerset, including current and future roadworks and helpful information on all modes of local transport including buses, trains, cycling and walking.
Somerset County Council also have a dedicated Twitter account @TravelSomerset for residents who want to keep up to date on roadworks or get road updates on gritting during the winter.
Given the rural nature of the district, during 2019 the Council will be exploring whether there are new and innovative ways to improve community transport for those who do not have their own transport or find it difficult to access public transport. Check back to this page for further updates.
Useful links to existing community transport organisations:
South Somerset Community Transport
A local organisation that provides accessible transport for local people who have no access to public transport because of location or who are unable to us the public transport available due to access problems or disabilities.
01935 477399 (9am-5pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit their website.
South Somerset Community Accessible Transport
Set up to provide transport to the communities of Wincanton, Bruton, Castle Cary and the surrounding villages. Access to minibus transport and individual car drivers available.
For further information contact 01963 33864, email us at email@example.com or visit their website.
Crewkerne Voluntary Transport
Group transport for residents of Crewkerne, Merriot, Hinton and surrounding areas. No hospital or medical transport available.
Phone 01460 271669 (9.30am to 3.30pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Transport Association
The CTA is a national membership association which leads and supports community transport to be successful.
For more information, visit their website.
Cycling – local strategy and national cycle network
Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for Yeovil – Coming soon!
In 2017 the Government published its first Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy. The Strategy sets out the Government’s ambition to make walking and cycling the natural choices for shorter journeys or as part of a longer journey.
As a result of the Government Strategy the Local Transport Authority, Somerset County Council will be working with South Somerset District Council to look at a Local Cycle and Walking Infrastructure Plan for Yeovil during the summer of 2019. Local plans help authorities to consider the impact of planning applications and other proposed land use changes on existing and planned cycling and walking infrastructure and will identify a prioritised programme of infrastructure improvements for future investment
If you or your organisation is interested in getting involved in the development of this local strategy (or commenting on it) contact us.
National Cycle Routes
The National Cycle Network was created by the charity Sustrans. The cycle routes are designed to minimise contacts of cyclists with motorists. For more information visit their website.
Trains – Local Community Rail Partnerships and Journey Planner
The Heart of Wessex Community Rail Partnership
The Heart of Wessex Community Rail Partnership is a twenty year old joint venture between seven local authorities (including South Somerset District Council) and the train operator, currently Great Western Railway.
The core objective of the partnership is to increase awareness and use of the Bristol to Weymouth services, in turn contributing to economic growth, carbon reduction and other key priorities for local authority partners.
From 2003 the partnership gradually transformed into a wider community venture, encouraging participation from local groups, organisations and businesses.
Further information about the Heart of Wessex Line and the Community Rail Partnership can be found here.
Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership
Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership is a local rail partnership covering a 50 mile scenic route, connecting the stations of Crewkerne, Yeovil Junction, Sherborne, Templecombe, Gillingham and Tisbury.
Blackmore Vale Community Rail Partnership was set up in January 2016 as a result of a franchise pledge by South West Trains. The core aims of the partnership are to promote the area to prospective rail passengers and to work with local people to improve the stations belonging to the rail partnership.
More information about the partnership can be found at Blackmore Vale Trains.
National Rail Journey Planner
Plan your journey using the National Rail Journey Planner
Walks in South Somerset
Local Parking Strategy
A review of the district car parking strategy will take place during 2019.
Check back to this page for further news on the development of the strategy.