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					        The Ilminster Transport Information Booklet
               is a project by Ilminster Forum

              Visit www.ilminsterforum.co.uk                                  Ilminster
                                                                             Transport
                                                                            Information
                                                                                2009
          The booklet was compiled with the help of                    Everything you need to know about
              South Somerset District Council                             travel and transport services



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              Travel and Transport                                                                Trains
                  Information
             Useful phone numbers, websites and offices                 Railcards
           giving up-to-date travel and transport information           Travel discount cards are available at £24 for full time
Ilminster Local Information Centre (LIC)                                students, people aged 60 and over, young people under 25
The LIC is located in the foyer of the Meeting House. You can find      years and families. A Disabled Person’s Railcard costs £18.
leaflets on a variety of travel services including up-to-date bus and   These cards give a one third reduction and can be bought at
rail timetables.                                                        Crewkerne Station. For more details about railcards or to buy on
                                                                        -line visit www.railcard.co.uk
The LIC is staffed Easter to October from 10am to 1pm Monday to
Saturday.                                                               Group Travel
                                                                        GroupSave - On First Great Western & South West Trains if you
When the LIC is not staffed you can still pick up leaflets from the
                                                                        are travelling in a group of three or four you can make great
information stands when the Meeting House is open.
                                                                        savings with a GroupSave. Three or four adults can travel for
                                                                        the price of two adults and up to four children aged 5 - 15 can
Traveline                                                               accompany the Groupsave party for £1 each. This offer is
A phone and internet service giving information about public            available at off peak times so is a great way to travel cheaply on
transport, including:                                                   a day out.
   Timetables for all buses across the UK
   National coach and train timetables                                  Cheaper Rail Travel by Buying Advance Tickets
   Journey planning                                                     Advance is a new ticket that replaces Apex and
                                                                        Superadvance. You can book Advance tickets up to twelve
                  visit www.traveline.org.uk or                         weeks before travel from the following places:
                       phone 0871 200 22 33                               In person at a train station
                                                                          On line at www.swtrains.co.uk
    Calls cost 10p per minute from a landline plus 6p set up fee per      On line at www.thetrainline.com
            call. The call centre is open daily 7am to 10pm.              By phone on 0845 6000 650

Somerset County Council                                                 MegaTrain - Cheap Train Travel to London
Somerset County Council has a statutory responsibility for              A budget train service which is easy to use. Megatrain seats
transport including school and social care transport, cycle-paths,      are available on off peak services from Monday to Saturday on
subsidised public buses, roads and public rights of way.                South West Trains running from Yeovil to London and back.
                                                                        Tickets need to be booked in advance on-line at
Go to their website www.somerset.gov.uk and click on                    www.megatrain.com
Transport & Streets for a wide range of information.

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                            Trains                                                   Travel and Transport
                                                                                         Information
Destinations reached via Crewkerne & Axminster Stations                Transport Direct
South West Trains are the only train operator serving Crewkerne        A national journey planning website with details on finding flights,
and Axminster Stations. There are regular daily direct trains to       trains, buses, coaches and car parks. This site includes:
London Waterloo, Exeter, Sherborne, Dawlish & Teignmouth.                 Maps
You can also catch a train to Weymouth via Yeovil.                        Route planners for car, rail and bus journeys
Destinations reached via Taunton Station                                  Live travel news
Both Virgin Cross Country & First Great Western serve Taunton                          Visit www.transportdirect.info
Station. There are regular trains to Bristol, Plymouth, Cornwall,
the Midlands, the North and London Paddington.                         Ilminster Community Office
Details about station amenities including disabled facilities, car     Located at 4 North Street in Ilminster. Bus timetables are
parking charges and opening hours can be found at                      available. The Community Office is open Monday, Tuesday and
                                                                       Thursday from 9am to 1pm.
www.nationalrail.co.uk

Train Operators’ Websites                                              National Rail Enquiries
There is a wide range of information available on the websites         For information about train times and disruptions call
including the following:                                               0845 7 484950. This phone line operates 24 hours a day.
   Live departure and arrival boards
                                                                       Alternatively visit www.nationalrail.co.uk
   Downloadable timetables
                                                                       This website includes: useful information about each train station
   Online ticket booking service                                       and real time live departure and arrivals information at main line
First Great Western = www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk                      stations.
South West Trains = www.southwesttrains.co.uk
Virgin Trains = www.virgintrains.co.uk
                                                                       Clearer larger font train timetables are available online at
                                                                                         www.traintimes.org.uk
Assisted Travel for Disabled Passengers
Each train operator provides assistance with travel for people         Moving Forward
with mobility difficulties. To check the accessibility of a station,   This is an initiative by Somerset County Council to reduce
arrange mobility assistance and help getting on and off a train,       congestion and pollution and help people explore sustainable travel.
call the relevant train operator on:                                   Visit the website
First Great Western - 0800 197 1329                                                www.movingsomersetforward.co.uk
South West Trains - 0800 528 2100                                      to find out more about walking, cycling, public transport, car sharing
Virgin Trains - 08457 44 33 66                                         and travel plans.

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           Community Transport                                                                  Lift Share
Community transport operators provide transport to essential
appointments and services such as doctors, hospitals, day centres       Carsharesomerset.com is a free online service that links drivers
and shops for people who do not have access to appropriate              and passengers so they can share car journeys. By sharing car
public or private transport.                                            journeys you can save money on fuel and parking and also help
                                                                        cut emissions.
There are a number of different types of community transport
services available in Ilminster; the services and the types of          Car sharing works particularly well for regular journeys such as
transport vary. See below for further information:                      to work or school. Car sharers can take it in turn to drive, or the
                                                                        passenger(s) may pay the driver a share of the petrol and
                                                                        maintenance costs.
Ilminster & District Community Transport
A charitable organisation providing affordable transport for the        A website has been set up to help people in Somerset find other
frail, elderly and disabled. They have 2 minibuses and a wheel-         people to share their journeys with. Register the details of your
chair accessible van. They provide transport for the elderly and        journey and seek others making similar journeys. Personal
disabled , collecting people from their homes and taking them to        details are not disclosed on this site, so it is secure to register.
day centres, Chard Hospital or lunch clubs.                             Visit www.carsharesomerset.com for more details or to
                                                                        register.
The cost of the services vary and some people are entitled to free
travel. Phone 01460 55540 for details.
                                                                                            Shopmobility
South Somerset Community Cars
A voluntary car scheme based in Yeovil with drivers based in            This is a scheme which lends manual wheelchairs, powered
various locations across the district. This scheme is available to      wheelchairs and motorised scooters to members of the public,
any resident in South Somerset who needs to make an essential           allowing them to shop and visit leisure facilities in town and city
journey where no other transport is available. This includes visits     centres. Shopmobility is for people of all ages who have either a
to doctors, dentists, shopping, picking up prescriptions and visiting   temporary or permanent disability. It is for anyone who needs
sick relatives or friends.                                              help with getting about. You do not need to be registered dis-
                                                                        abled to use it.
Journeys need to be booked in advance, preferably with 48 hours
notice. A charge is made to cover the cost of the journey;              Taunton Shopmobility scheme is located on the 1st floor of Paul
customers are advised of the price when they phone in.                  Street Car Park in Taunton. Phone 01823 327900 for details or
                                                                        to book a scooter in advance.
For further information call 01935 411572                               Shopmobility schemes in most major towns and cities including
Or visit the website on www.ydcvs.org.uk                                Exeter and Yeovil. Go to www.shopmobilityuk.org for details.

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                     Car Parking                                     Community Transport continued
                                                                     Chard & Ilminster Slinky Bus
Car Parks                                                            This is a demand responsive accessible bus service available for
Tesco allows 3 hours free parking in their car park.                 use by anyone who does not have access to their own car or
South Somerset District Council (SSDC) has 2 car parks: West         public transport.
Street and Orchard Vale.
                                                                     Journeys need to be booked in advance, usually with a minimum
Car Park Season Tickets                                              of 24 hours notice. You register to use the service when you
Quarterly season tickets can be purchased from SSDC to use in        make the first booking. You call the booking number and agree
the West Street & Orchard Vale Car Parks. They cost £18 and can      the pick up and drop off points and times.
be purchased by post. You can obtain an application form in the
following ways:                                                      The Slinky Bus is available in the Ilminster area (including
    Phone SSDC on 01935 462462.                                      surrounding villages) Monday to Friday 7am to 9pm and
    Download an application form from the website at                 Saturday 8am - 9pm (excluding bank holidays). It can be used
   www.southsomerset.gov.uk then click on Living, then               for all kinds of journeys such as visiting friends, going to evening
   Car Parks and Parking.                                            classes, local health appointments or to local shops.
    Pick one up from Ilminster Community Office in North Street.
                                                                     Fares for the Slinky Bus start from around £2 for a single
Blue Badge Parking for Disabled People                               journey. English National Concessionary Travel Scheme Pass
The blue badge enables holders to park in disabled parking areas     holders can travel free after 9am on weekdays and all day
and on yellow lines under certain circumstances. It is only avail-   Saturday. For information call the booking line on
able to those with a serious permanent disability. The scheme is     0844 800 9646 Mon - Fri 9am to 5pm & 9am to 12 noon on a
administered by Somerset County Council. For details phone           Saturday.
0845 345 9133 or visit the website on www.somerset.gov.uk and
click on D in the A - Z of services.
Disabled Parking Vouchers
                                                                                                  Taxis
The vouchers enable the user to park in one of the council’s car
parks without having to get a parking ticket from the machine. The   Angel Taxis 01460 55987 and 077125 14962
user must display their Blue Badge with the voucher on the           Have a number of 4 seater taxis. Can be contacted via email on
dashboard. Vouchers are available in booklet form:                   angeltaxis@btinternet.com
  10 x 1 hour vouchers - £3
  10 x 2 hour vouchers - £5                                          BW Taxis              01460 53400
  10 x 3 hour vouchers - £6                                          Have a range of different sized taxis including two wheelchair
Vouchers for Yeovil car parks cost more. Vouchers can be             accessible vehicles.
purchased by post from SSDC. An application form can be              Visit the website on www.bwtaxis.co.uk
obtained in the same way as the season ticket form.
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     Transport to / from Hospital                                                                 Airports
Chard Hospital                                                         Bournemouth
Buses 30 & 61 drop off at Avishayes Rd which is a short walk to          A regular Airport Shuttle service runs between the town centre,
the hospital (see page 10). A small free car park is available at        train station and the airport.
the hospital.                                                            Parking at the airport can be booked online.
Yeovil Hospital                                                          For information on parking and public transport visit
Information about travel to the hospital including directions and        www.bournemouthairport.com
parking charges can be found at: www.yeovilhospital.nhs.uk
                                                                       Bristol
Click on General Info then Getting here and parking.
                                                                         The Bristol International Flyer is an express coach service
Yeovil Hospital by Bus                                                   connecting Bristol Bus Station, Bristol Temple Meads and the
Buses serving Yeovil from Ilminster stop at Borough and the              airport. It runs daily from 02:30 to 00:45.
bus station - see page 10 for details. First Bus Route 1 also            There is plenty of parking at Bristol Airport, which can be booked
stops at Borough and the bus station before travelling on to the         online.
hospital.                                                                Visit www.bristolairport.co.uk for all travel information relevant
                                                                         to the airport, including online car park booking.
Parking at Yeovil Hospital
The main car park is on Higher Kingston (on the left before the        Exeter
main building). There are 145 spaces and you pay as you exit             A direct bus connects Exeter Airport to Exeter St Davids Train
the car park; the machine takes coins and notes. Disabled                Station.
parking is directly outside the main entrance to the hospital.           Parking at the airport can be booked online.
                                                                         Visit www.exeter-airport.co.uk for all travel information
Taunton Hospital by Bus                                                  including online booking for car parks.
First 30A terminates at Taunton Bus Station where you can
catch First Bus 4 which serves the hospital.                           Gatwick
                                                                         Information about travelling to and from Gatwick by car and public
Parking at Taunton Hospital
                                                                         transport is available on the airport’s website, along with an online
There are 3 car parks at the hospital. You pay as you exit the
                                                                         booking facility for car parking.
car park. www.tsft.nhs.uk has more information. To find the
                                                                         Visit www.gatwickairport.com
appropriate page click on Find and Contact us, then Finding us.
Help with Travel Costs                                                 Heathrow
Patients on certain benefits are entitled to help with travel costs.     The airport can be accessed via tube, train, bus and car. Informa-
Leaflet HC11, which is available from post offices gives further         tion about all travel services and online car park booking can be
information, or ask at the general office in the hospital for            found at www.heathrowairport.com
details.

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 How to Get to Places @ a Glance                                                      Walking & Cycling
Shopping                                                               Walking Guides
  Taunton - regular buses in to Taunton - see page 10                  Ilminster is an excellent base to walk with a number of beautiful
                                                                       routes starting close to the town centre. Local walks include
  Yeovil - regular buses to Yeovil - see page 10
                                                                       Herne Hill Nature Reserve and the Dillington Estate.
  London - Berrys Superfast 2 - 2 buses a day 7 days a week - see
  page 11 for details.
                                                                       Ilminster Forum has produced a range of walks leaflets which are
                                                                       available at the Ilminster Local Information Centre.
Beaches
  Minehead & Blue Anchor - direct bus on Mondays during the            PDF versions of the leaflets can be downloaded from the Ilminster
  school summer holiday only. Or take First Bus 30 to Taunton
                                                                       Forum website at www.ilminsterforum.co.uk then click on
  and 28 to Minehead. See page 10 for details.                         Tourism / Discover Ilminster then click on Brochures.
  Lyme Regis and Weymouth. Take First Bus 30 to Axminster,
  then First Dorset Bus 31 to Lyme Regis or Weymouth.                  Cycle Routes
  Lyme Regis / Seaton / Beer. Take First Bus 30 to Axminster,          The Sustrans Route 33 which will eventually run all the way from
  then the X53 service to the coast.                                   Weston-Super-Mare to Seaton comes through Ilminster. The
                                                                       section between Bridgwater and Chard is already open and
Colleges                                                               people can cycle and walk safely off road along a metalled track
  SCAT, Taunton - First Bus 30A serves SCAT on college days            on the old railway to Donyatt, Knowle St Giles and Chard.
  only, once in the morning and then again in the afternoon.
  Yeovil College - Stagecoach Cooks 61 serves the college term         The cycle route can be accessed from Canal Way.
  time only, once in the morning and again in the afternoon.
                                                                       Cycling Services provided by Somerset
Hospitals                                                              Somerset County Council provides a number of services to
  Chard Hospital - First Bus 30 and Stagecoach Cooks 61 both           support cyclists and those thinking about starting cycling. These
  drop off on Avishayes Road, which is a short walk to the hospital.   include:
  Taunton Hospital - see page 6 for details on buses and parking          Cycle training in schools
  at Musgrove Park Hospital.                                              Free cycling maps of 20 towns across Somerset
  Yeovil Hospital - see page 6 for details on getting a bus or park-      A wide range of downloadable leaflets on subjects such as bike
  ing at Yeovil Hospital.                                                 safety, maintenance and cycling with children.
  Community Transport - some people have difficulty getting to
  hospital appointments. Both Ilminster & District Community           Visit the website www.somerset.gov.uk and click on Transport
  Transport and South Somerset Community Cars provide                  then Cycling for more information.
  transport to medical appointments for people in need. See page
  4 for details.

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                   Public Buses                                                 Bus Stop Locations
                                                                   Below are some of the locations of the main bus stops in Ilminster.
Timetables
                                                                   In some locations where bus stops are placed opposite each
Once a year Somerset County Council produce a book of time-
                                                                   other, serving both incoming and outgoing bus services, there
tables for South Somerset and this is available at
                                                                   may not be a marked bus stop with a pole and sign on both sides
libraries, council offices and the Local Information Centre.
                                                                   of the road.
    A large print version of any timetable is available on         Bus timetables are not always located next to bus stops. To find
               request, phone 0845 345 9155.                       the time of a service, use the transport information services on
                                                                   pages 2 & 3 or text for times. The bus stop code for each bus
             Timetable information is available                    stop is also given for people who wish to receive the bus times
           by phone at Traveline 0871 200 22 33                    texted to their mobile phone.
            or online at www.traveline.org.uk
                                                                     Market House in Market Square - sotatgag
Fares Information, Lost Property and Customer Care
                                                                     North Street, close to North Street Surgery (inbound buses
Contact the relevant bus operator:
                                                                     only) - sotatgad
First                    01823 272033                                Butts (Blackdown View) opposite the Fire Station - sotatgaw
                         www.firstgroup.com
                                                                     Riec-Sur-Belon Way, outside the Stonemasons pub -
South West Coaches       01935 475872                                sotdmgmj
                         www.southwestcoaches.co.uk
                                                                     Riec-Sur-Belon Way, opposite Stonemasons pub - sotdmgmp
Stagecoach Somerset      01823 672247
                         www.stagecoachbus.com                       Canal Way, half way along the road heading west - sotdmgmw
                                                                     Canal Way, half way along road heading east - sotdmgmw
Bus Tickets
As well as the ordinary Single and Return bus tickets, there are     Ditton Street, outside Swanmead School - sotatdwt
some alternative tickets available that could reduce the cost of
your journey.                                                        Ditton Street opposite Swanmead School - sotatdwp
                                                                     Orchard Vale, inbound - sotatdtw
Stagecoach Day Explorer or a First Day South West
Both allow unlimited bus travel across that particular bus           Herne Rise (inbound only) - sotatdtg
operator’s network for a day.
                                                                   Please note that the bus stops on Silver Street and West Street
Specific to Stagecoach 60/61 is the Flexirider, which offers 12    are no longer in operation.
journeys for the price of 10.

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               Text for Bus Times                                                           Public Buses
 This is a new service that allows passengers to get the
                                                                       Free Bus Travel for the Over 60s and People with Disabilities
 scheduled times of the next three buses at a particular bus stop
                                                                       Everyone aged 60 years and over and those people under 60 with
 texted to their mobile phone.
                                                                       a disability who cannot drive, are eligible for free travel at off peak
                                                                       times on public buses throughout England (times vary with each
 How to use the service
                                                                       county).
 Each bus stop in Somerset has been given a unique code (see
 next page). Text the code of your chosen bus stop to 84268.
                                                                       To claim your English National Travel Scheme Pass pick up an
 You will then receive a text message giving the scheduled times
                                                                       application form from Ilminster Community Office in North Street.
 of the next three buses due at that bus stop.
                                                                       You will need to complete the form and provide:
 You can also get the details of a specific bus for your chosen        1.   Proof of your address (e.g. current utility bill)
 bus stop. To do this, text the code and the bus service number        2.   Up-to-date colour passport photograph
 to 84268. You must put a space between the bus stop code              3.    Proof of eligibility
 and the service number i.e. sotajdat 60. You will then receive a           (For people aged 60 and over this could be your driving
 text message showing the scheduled arrival time of the next                 licence, passport or birth certificate.
 three buses for your chosen bus service at your chosen stop. If             For disabled persons a DWP Disability Living Allowance
 you see an asterisk (*) after the time, this is the bus’s expected         award letter showing a minimum of lower rate mobility and
 time rather than its timetabled arrival.                                   middle rate care, or higher rate mobility and no care
                                                                             component, or DWP Attendance Allowance, or a letter
 How much does it cost?                                                     from nursing / residential home or from Social Services).
 The text costs 25p plus standard network charges.
                                                                       Completed forms and accompanying documents can be taken
 Bus Stop Codes                                                        along to the Ilminster Community Office who can validate your
 Codes for bus stops can be found at:                                  application. Your pass will then be sent to you in the post.
                                                                       Alternatively, you can post your application form, along with your
 www.transportdirect.co.uk then click on Find a Place, then
                                                                       passport photo and copies of the relevant documents, to
 Find a Map. Type in the name of the town / village and then
                                                                       Somerset County Council, Transporting Somerset, C3 County
 click All Stops. This will provide a list of the bus stops in that
                                                                       Hall, Taunton TA1 4DY.
 area, along with the codes.                                           Details of the scheme along with an application form can also be
                                                                       found online at
 Alternatively, after clicking on Find a Place, type in the postcode   www.southsomerset.gov.uk - then click on living and bus
 or the name of the town / village and then click next. Zoom in
                                                                       passes.      Alternatively go to
 on the map until your bus stop code is displayed.                     www.somerset.gov.uk/transport - then click on concessionary
                                                                       fares.

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                            Public Bus Services Operating in Ilminster

Taunton to Axminster Train Station via Ilminster & Chard         Stoke-Sub-Hamdon, Martock to Taunton via Ilminster
First Bus 30 & 30A Operates Monday to Saturday approxi-          Stagecoach 63 operates once a day Monday to Saturday
mately 12 times a day. On college days a bus serves SCAT in      (except public holidays).
Taunton once in the morning and again in the evening.
                                                                 Taunton to London via Ilminster
Taunton, Ashill, Ilminster to Chard                              Berrys Coaches run two coaches a day Monday to Sunday from
First bus 30A operates 5 times a day on Sundays and public       Taunton to London Hammersmith. The coach picks up and
holidays only (except Christmas Day & Boxing Day).               drops off in the Market Square, Ilminster.

Ilminster, Chard, Crewkerne to Yeovil                            Visit www.berryscoaches.co.uk to book and for a timetable,
Stagecoach Cooks 61 operates Monday to Saturday                  alternatively phone 01823 331356.
One bus in the morning and another in the evening serve Yeovil
College.                                                                             Timetable Information
                                                                 Somerset County Council produce a booklet of timetables for the
Ilminster, South Petherton to Martock via Barrington             South Somerset area annually. The booklet is available at the
First Bus 633 operates Monday to Saturday, 3 times a day.        Local Information Centre, Ilminster Community Office and the
                                                                 library.
Chard, Ilminster, Crewkerne & Chard
Stagecoach Cooks 199. This service operates once a day from       Traveline provide up to date timetable information by
Monday to Friday.
                                                                   phone on 0871 200 22 33 (call cost info on page 2)
Ilminster, Shepton Beauchamp, Long Load to Yeovil
South West Coaches 10. This service operates once a week on           or visit their website on www.traveline.org.uk
a Wednesday.

Ilminster, Curry Mallet to Isle Brewers                                 Coach Hire & Excursions
Stagecoach Cooks 608. This bus operates once a week on
Thursdays only.                                                  Griggs Coaches         01460 52424
                                                                 Minibuses and coaches for hire - 16 to 53 seaters available.
Ilminster to Minehead via Williton, Watchet & Dunster            Regular day trips take place from Easter to Christmas. Phone
South West Coaches 40A operates on Mondays during the            for details or email griggscoaches@tiscali.co.uk
school summer holidays only. There is only 1 bus leaving and
returning to Ilminster.                                          Tony’s Tours Social Club (miles of friendship) 01460 54205
                                                                 Arranges days away, trips to shows, theatre visits & weekend
                                                                 breaks. Phone for a brochure.

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