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Cycle/Drive to station journeys


The Connecting Wiltshire journey planner has added a number of new options to help give you more travel choices. Whenever you plan a journey, you'll see a new option above the summary table:

Pressing this will work out whether you could either drive or cycle to your nearest station and take the train to your destination. Forget the stress of sitting in traffic and try taking the train instead!

When planning with these new options please consider the following:

  • For best results, please make sure you plan your journey from within Wiltshire or the immediate vicinity
  • Cycle/train results will only be returned if the origin of the journey is within 5km of a train station
  • Drive/train results will only be returned if the origin of the journey is greater than 2km from the train station


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Help

The Wiltshire Journey Planner has been designed to help you get about Wiltshire quickly and efficiently. Use it to get directions, timetable information and compare journeys by foot, cycle, driving and public transport. Your journey must begin or end within 15 miles of Wiltshire.

The planner has been optimised for use on smart phones and tablets as well as PCs and Macs. It will work with Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers and Internet Explorer version 8 and above although the latest IE10 is better.

Note that if you have an Android phone it must running version 3 or higher.



Select your Start and End Points

There are two ways to plan your journey; type in an address, or right click on the map to select a start or end point.

When using the text boxes enter as much detail as possible and select the correct address from the list. Alternatively just right click on the map. You can also move the 'pin' at any time and your journey will be automatically updated.

TOP TIP! – PC users – did you know you can scroll up and down the journey details or zoom in and out of the map just by using the wheel on your mouse?

You can reverse the start and end points by pressing the button.

Now select your departure or arrival time and add a return journey if required. The planner will show public transport services up to three weeks in advance.

SMART PHONE/TABLET Users

You can only enter a start and end point by typing in the text boxes.

Use the and buttons to switch between map and journey details view.

Use the button to centre the map on your current location.



Transport Modes

By default the planner will show you all means of reaching your destination, but you can unselect ones that you don’t need by clicking on the appropriate button. This will also speed up route calculation.



Viewing the Results

The planner will provide you with one walking, cycling or driving route and up to three public transport itineraries depending on your selections. Click on the summary bars to view detailed directions.




In the detailed directions, press to view a particular journey leg on the map. Press to see public transport live departure information at that point:



TOP TIP! – you can go back and select a different result or change the journey start or end point by clicking on the 2:Options or 1:Plan tabs.



Cycling

The journey planner can offer cycle routes tailored to your individual needs. In the 'Advanced Options' menu on the 'Plan' tab, you can tweak your routing options by choosing one of the following choices:

• Balanced (default) - The most practical route for the average cyclist who wants to arrive promptly, and is happy to dismount for short sections

• Quietest - Routes avoid busy roads where possible and may require walking for some sections

• Fastest - Routes may include busier roads


The Journey Planner uses local town networks and the Sustrans National Cycle Network (shown as NCN in the directions) to plan journeys, avoiding hills where possible.

You can alter your cycle speed to get a more accurate estimate of the time you think it will take to get to your destination. The default is 12mph, but this can be changed to 10mph or 15mph.

The information is provided and updated by CycleStreets who use data from OpenStreetMap (OSM). If you think the route you have been given is incorrect, or is missing a cycle route you know exists, please contact us. Alternatively, you can edit the data yourself through OSM's online editor. For more information visit the OSM website or read their helpful Wikipedia pages. If you're still having problems, please contact Cycle Streets directly.



Walking

The planner will automatically direct you via the quickest, most direct route based on your parameters.

In the 'Advanced Options' menu on the 'Plan' tab, there are a number of options to tailor your journey to suit your needs. You can choose a walk speed to get a more accurate estimate of the time you think it will take to get you to your destination. The default is 3.5mph, but this can be changed to 2mph or 5mph.

You can also set the maximum distance you are prepared to walk for a 'walk only' journey. By default this is set at 10 miles, but this can be reduced to 1, 2 or 5 miles. Please note, this will have no effect on any walking that forms part of a public transport result as this is controlled by another service provider (please see details under 'Public Transport').

The journey planner uses MapQuest routing, which is sourced from data in OpenStreetMap (OSM). If you think the route you have been given is incorrect, or is missing out a footpath you know exists, please contact us. Alternatively, you can edit the data yourself through OSM's online editor. For more information visit the OSM website or read their helpful Wikipedia pages.



Driving

The planner shows the quickest driving route and will prioritise main and trunk roads where possible. Expected journey times will vary depending on peak or off peak conditions.

The indicative journey costs take into account the capital cost of the vehicle, maintenance, insurance, tax and fuel. However don’t forget to add the cost of parking Why not split the cost by car sharing or leave the car at one of Wiltshire’s Park & Ride and enjoy a stress free journey into the city?

Disclaimer: Please note, results from the Journey Planner that use the road network do not currently consider local delays due to road maintenance and works. Therefore results are based upon free flowing traffic conditions.



Public Transport

The journey planner will show public transport journeys by both bus and train if selected. The information is sourced directly from Traveline. If you believe any information is incorrect, please contact them.

Please note, there is a maximum interchange distance set at 4000m (approx. 2.5 miles). This means that the journey planner will never allow you to walk more than 4000m between modes of transport. Any change to the maximum walk distance parameter in the 'Advanced Options' section of the journey planner, will not affect this distance.

Real time departure information is provided by NextBuses and National Rail Enquiries.



Printing out a Journey

If you need a printed summary of your journey press on the coloured title bar and follow the instructions.



About the Journey Planner and Mapping

The interactive map and walking, cycling and driving routes use data from OpenStreetMap. This is the ‘Wikipedia’ of maps that can be edited and updated by anyone. If you see something on the map that looks incorrect or is missing you can edit it yourself by signing up and getting involved. Note that it may take a couple of months for new map data to be included in the planner results.

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