What we did in 2017

TACC 2017 Report on progress

The table below summarises progress in 2017 under 10 headings.

Item progress comments
1 Taunton cycle and walking map Updated and published In conjunction with Sustrans, TDBC financial support. Strong demand. Promoted at TACC stalls esp in town centre
2. Major Scheme Bid for major network improvements (over £5m) SCC have agreed to work with TACC on this. SCC have won funding to start technical work on local cycle and walking improvement plan Awaiting growth fund allocations to the LEP
3. Staplegrove Urban extension Statements at two planning meetings and meeting with developers. Commitment to ongoing engagement
4. Firepool Petition for change of policy on no cycling on the Boulevard got 540 signatures. Resulted in change of policy Needs agreement of many details including demarkation of the cycle provision
5. Coal Orchard Direct engaement with TACC on details of NCN and other design aspects, following on from TACC’s reps at planning committee.
6. Hotspots
Station Road Going forward as SIS bid following TACC representations. Promoted by Cllr Coles and supported by Cllr Hunt

SCC have collision reduction proposals for station acces

TACC site visit. Six members compiled a table of suggested improvements. We met councillors on site to explain our ideas
Market cobbles No progress Injury collisions still occuring. Opportunity through public realm improvements
J25 Bid for funding put forward by SCC. Potential HE funding. HE are funding options study Vital link to Nexus 25
Wellinton-Taunton link No significant progress Needs major scheme bid. Mount Vets access has damaged existing cycle path
Bishops Lydeard-Taunton Parish council cycling group still considering if to consult land owners Needs major scheme bid
Compass Hill Gyratory SCC are looking for ideas Still waiting promised 1:500 plan from SCC
Crescent Roundabout SCC looking at scheme to tighten up the roundabout
Tangier Way No progress
Obridge viaduct and low level route Scheme put forward for SIS funding follwing TACC representations To include link from Wickes cycle path, more effective signing and lining
Silk Mills No progress
Leycroft Ave subway Resufaced Not machine laid
East Reach No progress
South Road/Shoreditch Road No progress
Canal towpath Improvements proposed as part of TDBC public realm consultation and as part of Firepool
Creech Castle junction Improved at grade crossings proposed including singe stage crossing of Toneway SCC hosted design workshop where TACC’s ideas were examined
6. Grow TACC membership support base to 500 490 supporters mid Nov 2017. TACC have run 6 successful stalls
7. TACC Website Website created. Further work needed to change domain name and get file hosting to ensure higher prominence on Google
8. Bike Week Bike Revival Funding secured and first led ride of proposed ‘Foxglove Cycle Trail’. First successful town centre events with newly printed cycle maps
9. Building group publicity and information resources TACC business cards, 2 banners, key rings and poster designed and produced. 15 hotspots and 50 issues maps and survey report

produced and presented to Taunton Deane  and Somerset County Councils. TACC polo shirts produced


Established recognition from the local authorities


10a Political engagement

Taunton Deane Council

TACC statement and map presented to Taunton Deane with survey report.  Statement to Taunton on Firepool. Statement to Taunton Planning Committee on Firepool , Coal Orchard and Staplegrove.

Distribution to Councillors and officers Making Space for Cycling report.

10b Political engagement

Somerset County Council

TACC statement and map presented to Somerset County Council with survey report . Meeting with Councillor David Fothergill and Councillor Roger Habgood. Regular meetings with David Mitchell and other Highway officers.Liaison with Councillors Hunt, Coles and Willliams on SIS schemes.

Distribution to Councillors and officers Making Space for Cycling report.

10c Political engagement



Meeting with Rebecca Pow MP April 2018 to discuss A358, cycle network development and design issues.
Develop quality network tube map Draft map produced and used at various meetings with councils etc



2 comments on What we did in 2017

  1. Great start to the campaigning…. shows that local groups can make a difference. Of course we need to keep up with the campaigns. The fact that only 1 of the 15 top hotspots has been addressed (though not to a great standard) is a spur to get some progress with the rest. What is of issue is that there always appears to be new hotspots that arise because the planning of roads is always in favour of cars and where cyclists and pedestrians are merely an afterthought. ie the junction between NDIR and the railway station. The great accomplishment is the update and re-publish of the Taunton Area walking and cycling map….. great way to encourage people out on their bikes.
    If you haven’t already sign up to Taunton Area Cycling Campaign and help to get better cycling provision, better infrastructure and a better environment all round.

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