Draft Passenger Transport Strategy 2018-2026

The current Passenger Transport strategy was completed in 2011 as part of Somerset’s Local Transport Plan 2011-2026 (named the Future Transport Plan). The strategy was developed to be live and it has recently been updated and redeveloped. We are now seeking your views on the new Passenger Transport strategy which sets more ambitious aims for bus and rail travel whilst still reflecting the current financial realities.

Somerset is a challenging area in which to provide viable and sustainable passenger transport services. Owing to its rural aspect it has high car ownership and usage, which leads to congestion ‘hot spots’ at peak hours. The diverse array of settlements, ranging from small rural villages to the densely populated urban areas of Bridgwater, Taunton and Yeovil; and the dispersed population mean that commercial public transport operation is extremely marginal or non-viable in many areas.

Somerset County Council strives to deliver an integrated quality bus, community transport and rail network by working with public service operators, community transport groups and other transport providers within the County and where possible to promote sustainable community solutions to enable improved access in rural areas.

Passenger transport is defined as all modes where passengers do not rely on their own transport. This includes bus, coach and rail services, and other forms of transport such as private coaches, school buses, taxis, Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) and Community Transport (CT).

Please ensure you read the draft Passenger Transport Strategy (in the document section below) before you answer the online questions.

This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    6 Aug 2018 at 09:00
  • Closed
    23 Sep 2018 at 23:59

Consultation Documents