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Air Quality

The are quality management area covers all the parts of Bath where levels of NOX pollution exceed levels regarded as safe by both national and iternational agencies

Approximately 8,500 people live in these polluted areas and almost all members of TARA.

We are lobbying the council to:

Any strategy needs to be based on realistic assumptions and well researched forecasting rather than wishful thinking about technological progress and radical changes in peoples’ behaviour.

For Bath to remain a vibrant and successful city we need people to come into the city centre and for the foreseeable future a large number of those journeys will be made by diesel and petrol driven vehicles. These vehicle journeys need to be managed. People need to be encouraged to park out of town if possible and this requires the provision of good park and ride facilities near all the approach routes of the city. These need to be accessible to people when they need them so consideration needs to be given to extending the hours of operation.

Goods vehicles should wherever possible be incentivised to use out of city freight consolidation hubs.

Low emissions zoning can play a role in increasing the rate of uptake of both out of town parking and less polluting technology.

However, for the foreseeable future many people will, for a variety of reasons, continue to drive into the city centre and they need to be directed as efficiently as possible to adequate off street parking so that they do not circle the city’s streets adding to pollution by the sort of stop start driving this inevitably involves. We need to put in place deterrents to coach operators who do not stop in Bath but drive round the cities iconic sites.

While we would like to see an increase in the amount of affordable public transport we also recognise that under the current ownership framework this would require public subsidy

While cycling and cycle routes have a role to play in an integrated transport system it needs to be recognised that the city’s geography and indeed demography place considerable limitations on how big this role can be. It also needs to be recognised that in the confined space of the city centre pedestrians and cyclists are inherently incompatible and formal and informal attempts at creating shared places have been widely seen as failures.

The provision of high speed broadband needs to be seen as part of any integrated transport solution as a mechanism for shortening and eliminating physical journeys.

Action needs to be taken to prevent or incentivise social housing providers from continuing with policies which involve moving city centre workers out of the city.