Public Transport

Last updated 16th July 2020.

There are a host of different ways to travel to, from and around Frome, including our Ebikes and the Co-wheels car share scheme.  Scroll down for more information on local bus and train services as well as car parks and electric car charging points.

Buses

Frome town centreSomerset County Council is the local authority which operate buses. You can visit their website for more information or contact them here. There are other bus/transport service providers which are privately owned.

You can search for and view bus timetables on the Traveline website. We can print off a timetable for you at the Town Hall or at the Discover Frome Information Point at the Black Swan at a cost of 10p.

Please be advised: Bus operators can change their timetables on any day during the year providing they give the Traffic Commissioners 56 days’ notice.

Bus Services:

COVID-19 update:

First Bus and Faresaver are operating reduced services and have suspended others. You can find more information on First’s news pages and the Faresaver website.

Frome Bus have reduced their number 30 service and will be updating their website and Twitter feed with changes as they happen. We’d advise checking their website before you travel.

The Frome and Villages Bus Users Group blog site is also keeping up to date with changes where you can find updates on Libra services.

Government guidelines now state that from the 15th June all passengers must wear a face covering when using public transport.

Bus operators are also asking that passengers try to do the following to help keep yourself, fellow passengers and drivers safe:

  • Take a window seat
  • Avoid standing and leave a space in front and behind you
  • Wait for passengers to get off before you board
  • Do not stand or queue in the aisle next to the bus driver
  • Try to travel during off peak hours to avoid busy hours
  • Keep windows open to help with ventilation
  • Be prepared to wait if your bus is showing full even if it appears to have space
  • Use contactless payment where possible. If you need to use cash pay with exact change
  • Maintain a distance of 2 metres whilst waiting at bus stops

Please keep in mind that ALL operators will have less capacity due to social distancing rules.

Market Place closure – the Market Place will be closed to through traffic from 22nd June to 25th September 2020. During this time First Bus, Frome Bus and Libra bus services will instead be picking up and dropping off on Cork Street, near the cinema. The Faresaver service will be terminating at Fromefield.

D2 (First) – BATH TO FROME  – via Clink and Critchill Road, Beckington, Norton St Philip and Hinton Charterhouse

On Frome Independent market days the bus will stop at Cork Street car park.

This service is operating an altered timetable. Check here for the latest timetable.

During the Market Place improvements, inbound D2 buses will stop on Cork street. Buses towards Bath will not serve Cork street, for punctuality reasons. Customers travelling from Frome market place towards Bath are welcome to board the bus as it travels towards Critchill or can alternatively board the bus at Gorhedge. The bus will drop passengers off at the Corner house stop that need to access the town. Older bus users can cross over and pick the 30 or 53 to complete their journey to town.

X34 (Faresaver) – CHIPPENHAM TO FROME – via Melksham and Trowbridge
Operating full service; currently dropping off in Rodden road by the hospital and picking up at the stop opposite the co-op, due to Market Place closure

X67 – FROME TO BATH – via Beckington, Norton St Philip, Hinton Charterhouse
This service has been discontinued

184 (Libra) – FROME TO MIDSOMER NORTON – via Mells, Highbury and Stratton on the Fosse
Operating as normal.

67/234 (Frome Bus) – FROME TO TROWBRIDGE – via Beckington

30 (Frome Bus) – FROME TOWN SERVICE – serving Keyford, Market Place and Berkley Road
Currently operating a half-hourly Monday-Friday, Saturday service running as normal.

31A/31B (Frome Bus) – FROME TOWN SERVICE – serving Packsaddle, Stonebridge, Market Place, Lower Innox and Whatcombe. These services replace Frome Local Service 412.

47/X47 (Frome Bus) – FROME TO WESTBURY TO TROWBRIDGE – via Chapmanslade and Dilton Marsh.
This service replaces the 58/X58 bus.

53/X53 (Frome Bus) – FROME TO WARMINSTER – via Frome Asda, Corsley and Picket Post (for Longleat)
X53 is currently suspended.

81/X81 (Frome Bus) – GILLINGHAM TO TROWBRIDGE – via Mere, Zeals, Maiden Bradley, Horningsham, Frome and Westbury. Thursdays only.

162 (Frome Bus) – FROME TO SHEPTON MALLET – via Nunney, Whatley, Chantry, Leigh on Mendip, Stoke St Michael, Cranmore and Doulting

414/424 (Frome Bus) – FROME TO MIDSOMER NORTON – via Buckland Dinham, Faulkland, Writhlington, Kilmersdon and Radstock
The 0700 (424) Frome – Midsomer Norton and 0720 (414) Midsomer Norton – Frome services are currently suspended.

X69 (Frome Bus) – FROME TO BRADFORD-ON-AVON TO MELKSHAM – via Oldford, Beckington, Rode, Holt and Broughton Gifford
Operating normal service.

You can also plan your journey at www.firstgroup.com/ukbus, www.faresaver.co.uk, www.traveline.info or www.fromebus.co.uk

How to apply for a bus pass…Bus travelling through Frome town centre

To apply for a concessionary bus pass please download and complete Somerset County Council’s application form please download and complete Somerset County Council’s application form.

You will need to complete this form and send it to them with a recently taken photograph (colour passport style), along with proof of your age, home address and any disability.

What happens next?

Your bus pass application will be assessed and verified by Somerset County Council, and then the pass will be sent directly to your home address. They will also advise if you have not been successful in obtaining a bus pass.

National Express logo

National Express Coaches to London & beyond

National Express run a Frome to London (via Heathrow) service leaving the Market Place at 6.05am Monday-Friday and 6.25am Saturday and Sunday; returning from London Victoria at 7pm Monday-Sunday (arriving back to Frome at 10.35pm). Fares vary, but advance bookings can cost as little as £5 each way.

Contact them on 08717 818181 or visit the National Express website.

You can buy tickets at Frome Town Hall.

Berrys Coaches logo

Berrys Coaches – Superfast coaches to London

Contact 01823 331356 or visit Berrys Coaches’ website.

Tickets are also available from our Information Centre point in Frome Town Hall.

Frome train station

Trains

to London, Weymouth, Bristol & beyond.

The railway Station in Frome is located just off Portway.

COVID-19 update: Please check the GWR website for up to date information.

Contact 08457 484950 or visit GWR website.

You can also plan your journey via www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.thetrainline.com or www.traveline.info

By Road

You can plan your journey with www.theaa.com/route-planner or www.google.com/maps

Co-wheels Club

People standing next to Co wheels car club car

Frome’s car sharing club Co-wheels is expanding its presence in the town with a second car and residents have the chance to sign up as members for just £1!

Car sharing is the cheaper and more environment friendly alternative to owning a car. Working with Frome Town Council, Co-wheels will now have two low emission cars in Frome – one outside the Town Hall and another at the Cheese and Grain car park. These are available on-street 24/7 for members to use – once you have signed up just book online or via the smartphone app when you need the car and you only pay for the hours you use plus a small mileage charge.

If you want to find out more and take up the special discounted offer check out the Co-wheels website at www.co-wheels.org.uk/frome . The offer gives you the chance to save money straight away – membership is only £1 instead of the usual £25 and you get £25 of driving credit added to your account to help pay for your first hires. Prices start at £5.50 an hour for the Toyota Yaris petrol-electric hybrid cars, plus 18p a mile, but that includes all fuel, insurance and other costs.

Electric Charging Points

Frome has several electric car charging points throughout town which are available to use. The following are all 32amp 7kW Type 2 Mennekes sockets:

  • 2 charging points at the Cheese and Grain (right hand side, far end)
  • 1 charging point at the Town Hall (rear car park)
  • 1 charging point at the Football Club (on the prefab building right hand side in main entrance)

There is also a 16amp Type 2 Mennekes socket located at the Frome Medical Centre car park (far end of the first half of the carpark in front of the medical centre).

For those travelling out of Frome, you can find more charging points via the Open Charge Map.

Parking

If you are driving into Frome, there is parking in town at:

Cattle Market Car ParkCheese and grain car park, Frome

Bridge Street, Frome, BA11 1BE (By the Cheese and Grain)

Open 24hrs. Charging times 9:00 – 18:00 Mondays to Saturdays. Max Stay 24 hours

339 spaces available. 21 designated disabled spaces

Cork Street Car Park

Cork Street, Frome, BA11 3JB

Open 24hrs. Charging times 9:00 – 18:00 Mondays to Saturdays. Max Stay 2 hours

65 spaces available. 5 designated disabled spaces

North Parade Car Park

Frome BA11 2AB

Open 24hrs. Charging times 9:00 – 18:00 Mondays to Saturdays. Max Stay 24 hours

33 spaces available. 1 designated disabled space

Badcox Car Park

Nunney Road, Frome, BA11 3BG

Open 24hrs. Charging times 9:00 – 18:00 Mondays to Saturdays. Max Stay 2 hours

22 spaces available. 3 designated disabled spaces

South Parade Car Park

South Parade, Frome, BA11 1EJ

Open 24hrs. Charging times 9:00 – 16:30 Mondays to Saturdays. Permit holders only outside charging times

33 spaces available. 1 designated disabled space

Vicarage Street Car Park

Vicarage Street, Frome, BA11 1PU

Open 24hrs. Charging times 9:00 – 18:00 Mondays to Saturdays. Max Stay 2 hours

17 spaces available. 1 designated disabled space

EBikes

People on Ebikes outside CycologyCycling is certainly one of the best ways to get around, both in Frome and in the surrounding Somerset countryside. You can do everything from a challenging trail to a wander around Frome or villages in the area, while getting a bit of exercise in. And although the surrounding hills can be a bit of a challenge, Frome now has a local hire scheme for electric bicycles, which can help out on the tough bits. Find out more about hiring ebikes.