Do you want to help shape the future of rural transport services in South Somerset?

For the past 12 months, South Somerset District Council has been investigating how a better rural transport service can be established and now we need your help.

We have been working with partners, commercial providers of new technology and the Government’s innovation arm the Connected Places Catapult, to look at creating alternatives to heavily-subsidised fixed-timetable and fixed-journey services which currently exist.

An important part of this work is to fully understand of needs of residents, and we are delighted to announce that the Connected Places Catapult has chosen South Somerset as the subject of its research looking at a largely rural area.

The first part of this activity is to put together a focus group of 15 people who can help design and launch the study.

How can I help?

We’re inviting residents to put themselves forward as be part of the research group.

Initially, you would have to be available next week to take part in an online session on the 13 July, and participate in two tasks based around how rural transport could be improved in South Somerset.

We are looking for a representative group of residents across the district’s rural areas, including students going to college, people travelling to work, and older residents needing to travel for healthcare. The study will also include shopping and meeting with family and friends.

If you would like the opportunity to shape the way that transport works in South Somerset, please apply by visiting https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/6TE4XP/

A member of the team will be in contact with you should your application be successful. We are particularly keen to hear from people who rely on public transport to move around the district and those who are eager to switch to public transport for environmental benefits.