Plans for the Bathampton Meadows Park and Ride scheme have been scrapped after the council spent £3.3million on preparations for the project. Following a well organised campaign by a number of local groups over the last 2 years plans to build a Park and Ride to the east of Bath will no longer go ahead. At the same time the Councillor responsible for Transport, Anthony Clarke has resigned, Councillor Mark Shelford will replace him.
However the council’s new plans:
- A36-A46 link road
- Improved access to Lansdown P&R
- Improving access to the Odd Down P&R
- Investigating a light-rail/tram system for Bath
- Understanding the ‘school run’
still make little mention and do not focus on Transition Bath’s objectives of a modal shift of transport usage from private cars to walking, cycling and public transport. We wonder how much impact the new plans will have on Bath’s pollution problems in the short-term? The proposed investigation into ‘school run’ traffic is the most positive part of the new plan as research from Transiton Larkhall suggests up to 50% of the rush hour congestion on the London Road could be attributed to the school run.
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