Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options) October 2010

Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options)

Transport and Accessibility

2.20 The District has a fascinating environmental, industrial and cultural heritage with an enviable and varied landscape, valued by residents and which are a great draw to visitors. The District is situated just inside the entrance to the South West peninsula and is often seen as being on the way to and from the South West holiday counties of Devon and Cornwall.

2.21 Three major railway lines with regular daily services run through the District, with an hourly service on the Exeter - London Waterloo line and a regular service on the Paddington - Castle Cary - Exeter line. Services are less frequent on the Bristol - Weymouth line. The A303 Trunk Road and A30 run east to west through the District, linking it with London and the South West peninsula.

2.22 Coverage of public transport bus services is poor reflecting the geographically dispersed population and services are infrequent in all but the largest settlements. This compounds difficulties in accessing key services and facilities for the more vulnerable elements of the community, namely the elderly, young parents, children and mobility impaired. There is a pioneering Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) service within the District which is helping to tackle the shortcomings of existing, traditional bus transport.

2.23 Congestion issues are particularly concerning for settlement size at Yeovil and Chard. Yeovil's radial routes and inner relief road are struggling to accommodate increasing traffic levels and Chard has a particularly acute problem of capacity at the central A30/A358 junction through which most traffic in the town must flow and this is impacting on the potential to grow. There is heavy reliance on the car for journey to work and services and this is a challenge for the District to move to more carbon friendly modes of travel.