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Taunton roadworks alert

Please be aware that if you are passing through Taunton on your way to the West Somerset Railway please leave yourself some extra time for your journey. There are several sets of roadworks in Taunton which may affect your journey across Taunton to Bishops Lydeard/WSR. We advise for services starting at Bishops Lydeard you arrive at least 25 minutes before the departure time to allow enough time to reach us, park, buy your tickets (if necessary) and board the train. 

Location map
 

Station Postcodes for Sat Nav users:

Bishops Lydeard - TA4 3RU

Crowcombe Heathfield - TA4 4PA

Stogumber - TA4 3TR

Williton - TA4 4RQ

Watchet - TA23 0AU

Washford - TA23 0PP

Blue Anchor - TA24 6LG

Dunster - TA24 6PJ

Minehead - TA24 5BG 

 
By Road
The M5 Motorway passes by Taunton. To reach the West Somerset Railway leave the M5 at Junction 25 (Taunton) and follow signs for Minehead (there are also brown tourist signs for the Railway itself but following the signs for Minehead works as well) until you are approaching Bishops Lydeard. DO NOT GO INTO THE VILLAGE. Remain on the by-pass until you see signs directing you to the Railway and also the village of Halse. Turn left here and Bishops Lydeard station is directly in front of you behind the Broad Gauge Industrial Park. There is a large free car park at Bishops Lydeard Station.

Please note that from Junction 25 to Bishops Lydeard Station is a journey of around 6 miles and that Taunton can be very busy with traffic.

Alternatively if approaching from the north you can leave the M5 at Junction 24 (Bridgwater) and follow the A39 towards Minehead. The A39 crosses the West Somerset Railway at Williton station and if you wish to join the Railway there take the first right turn after crossing the line. This takes you into Station Road and to the station. Note that car parking at Williton is limited.

From the south it is possible to leave the M5 at Wellington (Junction 26) and follow the A38 to the edge of Taunton. After passing the Stonegallows Inn you will descend a hill, past Taunton Crematorium on your right, to a roundabout. Take the first exit, signposted for Minehead, follow the road over the mainline railway and at the roundabout at the end of this road turn left and then right at the Cross Keys Inn. You are now on the last leg of the journey to Bishops Lydeard as per leaving the Motorway at Junction 25.

If you are staying in the Greater Exmoor area and are heading for Minehead to start your day the station stands on the seafront. There is a pay and display car park adjacent to Minehead Station and other car parking in the town.

Car Parking

Apart from the three stations detailed above the car parking at the other stations is as follows:

Bishops Lydeard: Large free car park. Please be aware that there is a maximum height barrier so access to the car park is for vehicles under 2.1 metres.

Crowcombe Heathfield: A small car parking area at the station.

Stogumber: Very small car park

Watchet:
Large pay and display car park adjacent to the station and other car parks in the town.

Washford:
Small amount of parking on the station forecourt. More parking adjacent to Cleeve Abbey on Abbey Road (signposted for Roadwater):- 10 minutes walk from there to the station.

Blue Anchor:
Car Park across the road from the station and parking along the sea front.

Dunster:
Car Parking at the station.

Minehead
: Council run pay & display car park. Click here for prices. 
There is a coach drop-off point adjacement to Minehead Station off the sea front promenade. There is also a free coach park which can be accessed by turning off Seaward Way at the mini roundabout next to McDonald's. Continue to the end of this road where you will reach a 'T' Junction. At the 'T' Junction turn right then follow the winding road round to the Minehead Eye. Turn right into the road in front of the Minehead Eye and the Coach park can be accessed.

Visit the Traffic England Website for Real time Traffic Information.

By Bus

First Bus Service 28

First Bus operate Service 28 daily from the stop at the south side interchange next to platform 2 and from stop C in Station Road out of the of the main station entrance and then left under the bridge. This Service operates direct to and from Bishops Lydeard Station on West Somerset Railway operating days.
 
Weekdays   Single Return (off peak) Peak Return (before 09.00 M-F only)
Taunton Bus/Rail Station Adult £3.40 £5.40 £6.00
Taunton Bus/Rail Station 5 - 15 years £2.60 £3.75 £3.75
Saturdays Fares as Off Peak Mon - Fri all day      
Sunday/Bank Holidays Fares as Mon - Fri Off Peak      
 
Contact First on 01823 272033 at the Bus Station travel shop or via the First web site. Service 28 operates to and from the Bus Station which has many connections to various parts of Somerset and beyond by local buses.
 
Webber Bus Service 17
 
Webber Bus has launched a new service from Taunton via Norton Fitzwarren to Bishops Lydeard. Please note there is not currently a drop off at Bishops Lydeard Station so you will have to make a 10 minute walk to the station. Please click here for the timetable and pick up/drop off points.
 
National Express also operate from the bus station and have connections in London with Eurolines from many parts of Europe. The Travel line for National Express information is 0871 200 2233.

First Somerset and Avon also operate service 398 from Tiverton via Dulverton and Wheddon Cross on Mondays and Saturdays to/from Minhead Railway Station and Butlins.

Quantock Motor Services operate Route 300 on Sundays and Public Holidays (Taunton - Bishops Lydeard - Minehead) will depart Taunton, Castle Way 0845; Taunton, Rail Station 0850; Bishops Lydeard, WSR Station 0905; Watchet, WSR Station 0931 and finally Minehead, WSR Station 1000.

Return journey departs Minehead, WSR Station 1800; Watchet, WSR Station 1816; Bishops Lydeard, WSR Station 1840; Taunton, Rail Station 1855 and finally Taunton, Castle Way 1900.

By Rail

The nearest mainline railway station to the West Somerset Railway at Bishops Lydeard is Taunton. The bus link between there and the WSR is operated by First Somerset and Avon Bus service 28. For more information on Rail Services to and from Taunton please see National Rail Enquiries website and to buy train tickets please visit MyTrainTicket.co.uk.

 

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