BUSINESSES in Barnstaple have until next Tuesday for their staff to reply to a Devon County Council travel survey. More than 700 online responses have been completed, and a further 3,500 paper surveys were requested by companies in the town last month, t

BUSINESSES in Barnstaple have until next Tuesday for their staff to reply to a Devon County Council travel survey. More than 700 online responses have been completed, and a further 3,500 paper surveys were requested by companies in the town last month, to help record how people commute to work. The study is the first stage in a process to develop a transport strategy for Barnstaple, and will help shape planning proposals for the area. It will examine how Barnstaple can progress following the construction of the Western Bypass and Taw Bridge.Devon County Council Leader and Councillor for Barnstaple North Brian Greenslade, said: "Barnstaple can become an important centre for investment following the development of the bypass and Square and Strand, and public transport, walking, cycling and car sharing can play an important part."Cllr Chris Haywood, Devon County Council vice-chairman, added: "The travel tally will show the council if traffic flow can be improved further still and we're keen to hear the thoughts of the business community."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 each company taking part will also receive an information pack. The survey is taking place on the internet at www.devon.gov.uk/questionnaire/barngen/survey.htm but any company interested in taking part that would like paper copies of the survey can still obtain them by calling (01392) 383349.