Somerset Bus Partnership Zoom meeting 7.30pm this Tuesday, 24 January

Bruton Town Council would welcome a Bus User in the Bruton community volunteering to become our “Bus Champion”


Luke Farley: Transport Integration Manager at Great Western Railway (GWR)

Andrew Ardley: Regional Development Manager at South Western Railway

Discussion led by
David Northey: 
Railway Senior Strategic Planner, Customer Experience Expert  and executive member of Somerset Bus Partnership

This session will explore the opportunities, benefits and the practical issues of bus/rail connectivity in Somerset. The speakers have a proven track record having helped pioneer such schemes in neighbouring Devon which have linked Okehampton & Tavistock, Barnstaple & Lynmouth and Totnes & Salcombe.

The speakers will explore opportunities for Somerset stations to connect via bus links to towns and villages not on the rail network. How to connect those towns and villages to a rail station is one of the most frequently raised at Somerset Bus Partnership meetings held around the county.

So, this your opportunity to hear from the rail companies on their thoughts for example on projects like:

  1. Templecombe to Wincanton
  2. Yeovil Junction to Yeovil Pen Mill (onward rail connectivity) as well as access to the centre and work sites
  3. Yeovil Pen Mill to Sherborne, Sturminster Newton & Blandford Forum
  4. Taunton to Minehead, Wellington, Dulverton and employment and education sites in Taunton
  5. Castle Cary to Shepton Mallet, Wells, Glastonbury and Wincanton and new route to Somerton
  6. Bridgwater to Cannington, Glastonbury, Hinkley Point (biggest employment site in Europe)
  7. Crewkerne to Ilminster, Beaminster and Bridport
  8. Frome to nearby villages, Longleat, Radstock
  9. Highbridge to Burnham on Sea and Wedmore

They will also explore what forms of transport are best suited for shorter journeys such as Yeovil Pen Mill, Taunton, or Bridgwater to key education and employment sites such as Yeovil Hospital, Westlands, Taunton Hospital, Taunton & Yeovil Colleges and Hinkley Point.

Bus/Rail Integration has proved itself able to grow patronage for both bus and rail operators. It also opens up new opportunities to start connecting communities across the county using a combination of rail and bus, so a journey from Taunton to Wincanton or Wells to Weymouth or Bournemouth to Axminster becomes feasible.

This is a very important meeting for your town or village to explore with rail industry management, who have a track record of making it happen, how improved bus/rail connectivity could work for your community.


Time: Jan 24, 2023 07:30 PM London

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Meeting ID: 874 8382 0038

Passcode: 569661

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