Residents are being urged to have their say on proposals to create a transport “corridor” along the A4 between Bath and Bristol, which would see a new bus lane created on Newbridge Road.
A consultation has been launched asking residents to make ‘Big Choices’ and give their views on the early-stage plans, which aim to cut traffic and improve air quality along the busy road between the West of England’s two cities.
Those who live, work or travel along the route are being encouraged to have their say on the ideas to make changes to introduce cycling and walking routes along the stretch of the A4, while bearing in mind that there will be trade-offs and compromises, and that nothing is set in stone.
One project requiring consideration of the trade-offs involved are plans to transform the current Bath Road in Brislington and Totterdown, with cycle and bus lanes and where hundreds of plants and trees could be planted, if the plans go ahead.
Other transport ideas locals are being asked for their views on include changes to the Keynsham bypass, new junctions, plus new cycle and bus lanes all the way between West of England areas like Totterdown to those like Saltford.
In Bath, a new bus lane is being proposed on Newbridge Road to reduce delays for buses.
The one-way bus lane, heading towards Bath city centre from Old Newbridge Hill to Hungerford Road, would see parking reduced to one side of the road.
The one-way access to the A4 along the bridge section of Osborne Road would be closed to traffic to reduce vehicles rat-running and speed limits would also be reduced.
Traffic lights at the Newbridge Park & Ride would also be upgraded to detect buses and let them through more quickly.
Residents first gave their views on the ‘Bath to Bristol Corridor’ project in 2021 and this feedback has shaped the updated plans.
Responses from residents showed some of their key priorities included more reliable bus services, greener spaces and cleaner air.
Residents are being urged to take part in the six-week consultation and help shape the latest proposals.
The plans are part of a wider £540 million programme from the West of England Combined Authority to improve public transport across the region.
The project is being delivered in close partnership with Bath and North East Somerset Council, and other partners.
To find out about a consultation event near you or to read more about the plans in your area you can visit www.haveyoursaywest.co.uk.
The consultation is open until 1st October 2023.