Merton Rise, Basingstoke
Welcome to the Merton Rise Travel Plan Site. This page is designed to give you the best, easiest and most up-to-date information about travel and facilities in your area in order to make the most of what it has to offer! On this page you can find information on:
- Local Shops and centres
- Rail station and information
- Bus stops/timetables/fares
- Cycle routes, shops and vouchers
- Events on in your local area
Much of the information is provided through direct links to other websites, ensuring that the information we give you is up to date. The accessibility map below highlights all of the major amenities and points of interest that can be found in the vicinity of Merton Rise.
Within the site itself there will be a new local centre which will include a food store. Also within close proximity are a number of schools (primary and secondary), a hospital, pubs, a post office, pharmacy and church. What’s more, both Tesco Express and Co-op are within a 15 minute walk, wherever you live in the site.
It sounds like you’re all sorted, however if you fancy even more, your nearest town of Basingstoke is only a 10 minute cycle ride (or half hour walk) away. Here you’ll find an even bigger selection of facilities including the famous Festival Place. This shopping centre is home to over 160 shops, 20 restaurants, a cinema, sports centre and more.
Travel Information Update
From the 1st of January 2023 many bus companies are introducing a £2 fare cap on single tickets as part of the UK governments Help for Households. The cap will remain in place until 31st March 2023.
Stagecoach (your local operators) are taking part in the scheme and have several routes which are following the £2 fare cap.
For more information visit: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/national/2-pound-fare
Basingstoke Train station is a 25 minute walk (or 10 minute cycle) from you. The station is managed by South Western Trains and is well equipped to your every need. Facilities include: CCTV, Customer Help Points, Toilets, Cafés, Waiting Rooms and Wheelchair Access.
Basingstoke Train Station has great access to lots of stations including London Waterloo, Southampton, Poole, Bournemouth, Exeter, Bristol, Reading and Birmingham. This should make your commute, weekend away or day trip as easy as possible.
Even better, National Rail offers a text service for travellers on the move. More information can be found: www.nationalrail.co.uk/times_fares/TTT.aspx?query=dep%20EDB. You can also create a pocket timetable here which allows you to create a personalised timetable for up to 3 selected departures and/or arrivals including Mondays-Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This timetable can be downloaded as a PDF and printed.
Try visiting the National Rail website for information regarding live arrivals and departures.
The local bus network offers convenient routes to most local destinations, with frequent services, this could be the travel mode for you. Buses run regularly all through the day, so whether you need to get to work, the shops or pick up the children from school the bus provides comprehensive access to many destinations.
Main Services from Priestly Road are 2,4,LINK and 22:
22- Every hour between 9 and 2, only running on a Tuesday and Thursday.
Main services from Popley Way are 5, 655, 657:
5-Popley-Oakridge-Basingstoke (Every 20 minutes Monday to Friday, every 30 minutes Saturday, and every hour on Sunday)
655 and 657 are school services
Main services from Manor road 22 and 622:
22- Only runs Tuesday and Thursday (First at 9:51 then every hour until 14:00)
622 – school service
For more information on timetables visit: www.stagecoachbus.com/timetables (Times may vary in School Holidays so check before travelling)
If you fancy getting out on your bike, cycle routes in the area make your trip an easy way to travel. The map below shows cycle routes within your area.
This handy map is found on Sustrans and is helpful in finding cycle routes in any given area. The green shows traffic free routes, whereas the purple routes are on-road.
The scheme in Basingstoke that planned to improve the pedestrian and cycle access from Popley to Chineham District Centre, with the focus on encouraging more people to travel sustainably to key local facilities has been completed! So why not use this on your way into Chineham District Centre or Popley?
- On-road cycleway for Bilton Road
- Off-road shared use footway/cycleway for Wade Road
- Improvements on the existing crossings for Bilton Road/Wade Road
In addition, a new toucan crossing along Popley Way at the junction with Don Allen Drive has been implemented, improving the cycling facilities in the area and providing a safer route to Merton School.
For more information on planned improvement schemes in your area, visit www3.hants.gov.uk/transport-schemes-index.
Google maps have added a new feature with improved cycle route information visit: email@example.com,-1.171276,14z
What’s on in your local area?
Not sure what events are going on in your local area? A full lists of events in Hampshire can be find here. Have a look through and gather some ideas for family fun, sporting adventures and other sustainable activities.
Local Travel News
This section is intended to keep you moving. Below provides links to travel updates in your local area.
National Rail Enquiries – To search for engineering works on rail routes. Search via route or operator e.g. South Western.
My Journey Hampshire – ROMANSE (Road Management System for Europe) provides up to the minute traffic and travel information in and around the Hampshire area. If you car share or are thinking about car sharing check out ROMANSE for your latest travel update or if the roads aren’t looking good, why not consider using the train, cycling and walking instead? Check out journey times, calories burnt and carbon emissions saved using our travel planner.