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WEST Somerset residents are being asked how the area’s rail and road services could be improved in a new online transport survey launched by the Minehead Rail Link Group.

Group spokesman Roland Bushell said the survey had been developed to obtain data about people’s attitudes to the future development of public transport services.

“Most would probably agree that they need to be improved,” he said. “But few of us know how, or what, the priorities should be.

“This survey won’t provide all the answers – but it might generate better questions and be a useful first step.” On line for two weeks, the survey’s ten questions range from requests for views on new rail services to assessments of current bus routes.

Residents are asked what they would be prepared to pay for a Minehead-Taunton rail fare and at what times they think trains should run Mr Bushell said that 90 per cent of participants so far were in favour of a Minehead-Taunton rail link. The survey, when completed, will be sent to railway executives and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, he said.

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