Somerset's Bus Service Improvement Plan Award
Taunton £1 Flat Fare
The £1 flat fare for Taunton is the first part of the Taunton Bus Service Improvement Plan funding.
Bus users can travel anywhere in the Taunton area for just £1.
The new £1 single fares were introduced in late 2022, starting with the Taunton Park and ride service, followed by £1 fares on other Taunton area-based bus services, and offer all paying passengers a flat rate £1 single fare or £2 for a return, to any destination in the greater Taunton area (see attached map)
The new fare structure is part of an £11.9 million government-funded package of measures being introduced by Somerset County Council as part of Somerset’s Bus Service Improvement Plan and includes proposals for new evening bus services from Taunton to Bridgwater, Wellington, Minehead and Chard, as well as within Taunton to Priorswood, Musgrove Park Hospital, and the Park & Ride sites at Gateway and Silk Mills, along with outlying areas such as Cotford St Luke and Norton Fitzwarren. The proposals will also see transport hubs established in Taunton and Somerton, combining convenient waiting areas for bus passengers, better facilities to interchange between services, and other facilities such as bike racks for cyclists, along with a programme of measures in Taunton and Bridgwater to improve bus journey times at congested parts of the road network.
The initiative is part of a longer-term goal to secure further funding to deliver similar fare initiatives in other areas of the county, and is part of the BUS IT campaign launched jointly with Somerset Bus Partnership, which aims to encourage more people to use buses and save money, as well as helping to safeguard the county’s bus services and protect the environment.
Free travel for concessionary bus pass holders will continue as currently.
The following bus services operate wholly within the Taunton Town £1 fare zone
1 Taunton - Priorswood Buses of Somerset
2 Taunton - Priorswood Buses of Somerset
3 Bishops Hull - Taunton - Hudson Way Somerset County Council
4 Taunton - Lane Estate Buses of Somerset
6 Taunton - Holway Buses of Somerset
7 Taunton - Galmington Buses of Somerset
12 Taunton - Monkton Heathfield Somerset County Council
97 Canonsgrove - Trull - Taunton Hatch Green Coaches
PR1 Taunton Park & Ride Buses of Somerset
Bus services operating into Taunton from outside the Taunton Town £1 fare zone are also subject to the £1 single fare for journeys made wholly within the zone.
As with the £2 fare cap scheme currently operating on many routes throughout Somerset, the £1 Taunton single fare scheme is undoubtedly one of our best opportunities to encourage more people to use the bus, so we would be very grateful indeed if you could do all you can to let people know about it.
Evening Bus Services
Evening bus services on some key routes are set to be introduced as part of a
major shake-up aimed at increasing bus use.
Somerset County Council has revealed plans to subsidise evening services
connecting Taunton with the towns of Minehead, Bridgwater, Wellington and
Chard after 8pm and running to at least 10.30pm.
Currently most of the services stop between 8-8.30pm.
Somerset County Council’s Lead Member for Transport and Digital
Cllr Mike Rigby said: “Evening buses are a vital part of our plans if we’re going
to get more people using services.
“They will help improve the night-time economy but they also mean people have more options if they don’t have access to a car or want to leave their car at home.'
The evening bus proposals are part of Somerset’s Government-funded Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) which aims to increase bus patronage by radically improving the public transport offer for people in Somerset.
The prevening bus routes are as follows:
21 Bridgwater to Taunton (Musgrove Hospital to Bridgwater Bus station
22 Wellington to Taunton
28 Minehead to Taunton - (including Cotford St Luke and Norton Fitzwarren on the route.
30 Chard to Taunton
1 service Taunton to Priorswood/Musgrove Park/Silk Mills Park and Ride
The following towns and villages will have a new evening bus service (with the last service leaving Taunton from 10pm to 11:15pm).
We have listed all the stops which will be served (check timetables for exact information):
Bicknoller, Church Lane
Bishop’s Lydeard, Lethbridge Arms
Bridgwater, High Street
Chard, The Guildhall
Cotford St Luke, opp Aveline Court
Henlade, Falcon Hotel
Hockholler, Heatherton Grange Inn
Ilminster, Horlicks Factory
Ilminster, Market House
Marsh Street, Dunster Steep
Minehead, Butlins Main Gate
Minehead, The Parade
Monkton Heathfield, opp West Monkton Primary School
Monkton Heathfield, Thornash Close
North Petherton, Verriers
Norton Fitzwarren, adj Norton Manor Camp
Norton Fitzwarren, The Club
Rockwell Green, Golden Hill
Taunton, Castle Way
Taunton, Cooperative Stores
Taunton, Dorchester Road
Taunton, opp Foundation House
Taunton, opp Westerkirk Gate
Taunton, Richard Huish College
Taunton, Sports Centre
Taunton, Taunton Station Bridge
Taunton, The Parade
Thornfalcon, Nags Head
Tonedale, Wellington Tile Centre
Trebles Holford, Seven Ash
Washford, Shepherds Corner
Watchet, Watchet Railway Station
Wellington, Post Office
Williton, The Egremont