A TRAVEL survey is being conducted among businesses in Barnstaple. Two thousand letters have been sent to companies, inviting them to take part in the Devon County Council travel tally, which aims to record how people commute to work in the town. North

A TRAVEL survey is being conducted among businesses in Barnstaple. Two thousand letters have been sent to companies, inviting them to take part in the Devon County Council travel tally, which aims to record how people commute to work in the town. North Devon District Hospital, North Devon District Council and companies such as Leaderflush Shapland have already signed up to take part.The survey is the first stage in a process to develop a transport strategy for Barnstaple, as well as feeding into the Local Development Framework planning proposals for the area. It will examine how Barnstaple can progress following the construction of the Western Bypass and Taw Bridge and the opportunities that may present themselves in terms of economic growth and expansion.Devon County Council leader and councillor for Barnstaple North Brian Greenslade said: "The travel tally is an important step in shaping the future of how people travel around Barnstaple, whether it's walking, cycling, car sharing or using public transport. The town has great potential to attract more investment following the development of the bypass and improvements in the Square and Strand and it's vital that the local community has its say at this stage."County vice-chairman and councillor for Barnstaple South, Chris Haywood, said: "Transport and travel have an impact on our everyday lives and while Barnstaple has undergone numerous improvements in the past year, there is still more to be done. There are still some concerns about traffic flow in and around Barnstaple and Devon County Council is getting a full appraisal of traffic before making any further alterations deemed necessary to the existing road infrastructure. With the help of the business community this survey can help set out the future development of the town."The county council is asking employers to encourage staff to complete the survey before March 20. The survey takes place on the internet, but paper copies can also be obtained by calling (01392) 383349.Every business participating in the survey will be entered into a free prize draw to win £1,000 towards improving travel choices for its staff and they will also receive an information pack containing a summary of the results.