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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

Exhibition Event

Following the earlier Issues and Options consultation the Council held an exhibition to unveil the Somer Valley Transport Strategy and explain the proposals being put forward.

For those individuals who weren't able to attend the event but wished to view the proposals a copy of the reports were made available via the following links:

Somer Valley Transport Strategy - Summary Report

Somer Valley Transport Strategy - Technical Supporting Report

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 transportation@bathnes.gov.uk

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