Transport has a huge impact on our lives, on the environment and on the local economy. Whilst it is not an area that town and parish councils usually get involved in, there are some key actions that can be taken that can help to increase active lifestyles, reduce air pollution and enhance the local economy. The council’s transport strategy outlines some of these opportunities while highlighting key roles for other stakeholders including the planning authority Mendip District Council, Somerset County Council and transport providers.
- Research into travel needs
- Promoting active travel, such as the Missing Link School Travel Challenge
- Lobby Somerset for better cycling routes
- Planning – support and lobby for mix of work, housing and services, walkable neighbourhoods, safe walking and cycling routes
- Reducing fossil fuels – lift share, electric vehicles, public transport
- Exploring alternatives – tailoring solutions to meet mobility needs
Transport Work So Far…
Here are some of the activities we’ve been undertaking to reduce the impact of transport in Frome so far:
- We secured funding from the DfT in 2014 to set up a community car club. Co-Wheels offer two efficient petrol vehicles for affordable hire, enabling households to avoid the cost and hassle of running a second car.
- We help to facilitate the Frome and Village Bus Users Group and promote bus use, for example through distributing bus timetables and the annual Catch the bus week. We also helped to support the set up of a weekly village to Frome bus service.
- We are working with the train operators to get better services for Frome
- We helped to secure Section 106 money to facilitate improvements at Frome Station. This includes better signage and an accessible bus stop
- We ran the Frome School Active Travel Challenge in May 2018: short film here
- We secured funding to offer free and subsidised cycle classes and bike maintenance, in partnership with Sustainable Frome
- We secured free electric charge points for cars (and bikes) at the Cheese and Grain and are looking for further locations for additional charge points. A map of these points is available here
- We are promoting lift-share and other carbon cutting transport methods
- We have two electric bikes available for hire from Cycology – book on line here
- We set up a volunteer driver scheme to enable people without easy access to transport to access the things they need – we always need more drivers, even an hour a month is a great help – more info here
- We also provide information on public transport and can book coach travel at our information point at the town hall. More information on public transport is available here
Response to Somerset Passenger Transport Strategy Sept 2018
Frome Town Council believes that Somerset’s Passenger Transport Strategy should look further ahead to 2050 to enable a more strategic and ambitious vision. As part of this it is important that Somerset investigates or commissions a more comprehensive survey of transport needs in each area to ensure that services can be developed in response. This will help rail and bus service providers to explore and introduce additional services. Frome Town Council’s full response to the consultation is available Somerset Passenger Transport Strategy 2018
Response to Rail Consultation February 2018
Frome Town Council worked with local rail experts to submit a response to the Department for Transport’s recent rail consultation which covers services to Frome. Our response if available here and calls for better, more regular services to the town Frome Town Council Response to GWR Consultation Feb 2018