In parallel with the West of England Joint Spatial Plan and Transport Study, Bath and North East Somerset Council has commissioned consultants to develop a Transport Strategy for the Somer Valley. This covers Radstock, Midsomer Norton, Peasedown St John, Paulton, Timsbury and the surrounding areas.
The transport work will look to recommend improvements or measures to address existing problems. It will also take into account the Council’s Core Strategy which is proposing housing and employment growth in the Somer Valley with 2,470 new dwellings and 900 net additional jobs between 2011 & 2029.
The study needs to understand existing transport issues and priorities for improvements or measures to be included in the proposed Transport Strategy. As part of this, we identified the existing issues outlined below:
Existing Transport Issues
The following key issues in relation to local transport in the Somer Valley have been identified:
- High traffic volumes through built-up areas
- High levels of out-commuting
- Local peak period traffic congestion
- Significant numbers of road traffic accidents
- Narrow footways and limited pedestrian crossing facilities in some areas
- Limited cycle routes
- Frequent bus service to Bath from the main towns, limited bus or community transport services to other destinations
- Relatively long bus travel times and bus fares perceived to be high
- Accessibility to schools, colleges and health facilities
- No direct access to the rail network
- Limited spare parking capacity in Midsomer Norton
Following the earlier Issues and Options consultation the Council are now holding an exhibition to unveil the Somer Valley Transport Strategy and explain the proposals being put forward. We want as many people as possible to see what transport improvements are being proposed and get involved – not just people who live in the Somer Valley, but those that work and travel to the area regularly.The event will be held on:
25th October 3pm - 8pm at the Midsomer Norton Town Hall. For those who cannot attend but wish to view the proposals a copy of the report can be viewed via the following link:
If you wish to make comments on the report or suggest any changes you can either complete the online questionnaire, or provide your comments at the consultation event. The closing date for comments on the Somer Valley Transport Strategy is 30th November.
If you have any queries or simply wish to discuss the Somer Valley Transport Strategy contact the Transportation Planning Team by telephone on 01225 394408 or by email via firstname.lastname@example.org