Similarly to the A4 Bath to Bristol Consultation as responded to by many Saltford residents a couple of months back, the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has now launched a travel consultation for the Bath city centre area. This may be of interest to Saltford residents, particularly those who visit or work in Bath.
The WECA consultation is open for six weeks, and will close on Sunday 24 December.
Proposals focus on cross-city centre cycling (Pulteney Bridge to Green Park) and St James Parade and Ambury Gyratory.
Information can be accessed at WECA’s https://haveyoursaywest.co.uk/ website, including:
- Proposals: https://bath.haveyoursaywest.co.uk/index.php?contentid=171
- The online questionnaire: https://bath.haveyoursaywest.co.uk/index.php?contentid=178
- Frequently Asked Questions: https://bath.haveyoursaywest.co.uk/index.php?contentid=85
- Downloadable documents: https://bath.haveyoursaywest.co.uk/index.php?contentid=180 (nothing showing at the time of writing).
As well as the questionnaire, residents can respond by email, post or phone call, as follows:
- Email: email@example.com
- Write to: Bath Consultation team, West of England Combined Authority, 70 Redcliff St, Redcliffe, Bristol BS1 6AL
- Phone: 0117 428 6210 (leave your name, address and request on the answerphone)
A4 Bath to Bristol Consultation & SPC response: Further to the Bath city centre WECA consultation, Saltford residents may be interested in SPC’s responses to WECA’s A4 Bath to Bristol Consultation which included proposals for the A4 Bath Road area in Saltford as well as the Keynsham Bypass. Residents may also be interested in SPC’s complaint to WECA about the conduct of its A4 Bath to Bristol consultation process. A second A4 Bath to Bristol consultation by WECA is due in September 2024. Please view the following articles under ‘News’ on our website:
- SPC strongly objects to A4 Bath to Bristol consultation proposals (September 2023)
- A4 Bath to Bristol consultation – Saltford Parish Council submits formal complaint to WECA (October 2023)
- Bristol to Bath Railway Path proposals – SPC informs WECA of its view (after end date) (October 2023)
- WECA A4 consultation – Jacob Rees-Mogg MP responds to SPC’s objections and complaint (October 2023)
B&NES Council has shared the following with SPC about the Bath city centre consultation:
Bath & North East Somerset Council is calling on those who live in, work in or visit Bath to help shape the future of sustainable transport in the city by responding to a consultation launched on Monday 13 November.
The proposed Bath city centre project aims to give people more choice in deciding how to travel in Bath by; reducing journey times for buses and making them more reliable by tackling congestion hotspots; making walking and cycling more attractive by creating safer, dedicated routes; and enabling people to feel confident to leave their cars at home.
Developed by the West of England Mayoral Combined Authority (WECA) in partnership with Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) Council, the plans aim for improved air quality, healthier travel choices and ensuring safer routes for pedestrians and cyclists.
Now residents, workers and visitors are also being encouraged to get involved and comment on the proposals.
Councillor Sarah Warren, B&NES Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for Climate Emergency and Sustainable Travel, said: “The Bath city centre project forms part of a £540m investment package to transform the region’s transport system. We want to make sure that this investment delivers the best possible schemes, and we need your help to do that. I would encourage everybody to take part in this consultation being run by the West of England Mayoral Combined Authority. Removing barriers to walking, cycling and using public transport is crucial in providing choices for people living in, working in and visiting Bath. By providing your thoughts and suggestions we can shape the future of our wonderful city and ensure it provides for us all.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about the proposed changes can attend one of the drop-in events or join the online webinar.
- Wednesday 29 November (2pm to 7pm) – Bath Cricket Club
- Wednesday 6 December (2pm to 7pm) – Percy Community Centre
The online webinar will take place on Tuesday 21 November from 7pm to 8pm. You can register for the session here: Find out more (haveyoursaywest.co.uk)
You can find more information on the website: Have Your Say West. The consultation closes on 24 December 2023.
If you prefer, you can request a paper copy of the consultation documents by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bath city centre scheme is a part of the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement, secured by the West of England Mayoral Combined Authority, and funded by UK Government.