The adopted 2011 Air Quality Action Plan can be downloaded from the link on the right hand side of this page. A new action plan for Bath will be developed in 2016. The latest plans for transport improvements in the city can be found in the Transport Strategy for Bath. The latest action plan annual progress report is available on the 'related documents' section of this page.
The actions identified to help improve air quality in Bath are listed below. Some of these measures are already in progress:
- The Bath Transportation Package (BTP) is a holistic package of measures designed to improve public transport options and reduce the impact of, and reliance on, private car travel in the World Heritage Site of Bath. The BTP consists of the following elements: Expansion and improvement of Park & Ride facilities at Newbridge, Lansdown and Odd Down, with 870 new parking spaces and enhanced service frequencies; Improvements to nine bus routes into and out of the city including new shelters, raised kerbs and real time electronic information at the busiest stops; A system of variable message signs on a number of key routes into the City, enabling drivers to make informed choices about their journey, along with a series of inner signs showing where car parking spaces are available; An improved City Centre environment.
- Cleveland Bridge area restrictions feasibility study. A trial 18t environmental weight limit has been proposed to reduce HGVs on London Road and Bathwick Street. This would apply to both direction turning movements between Bathwick Street and Beckford Road. Work will continue on the feasibility of a Low Emission Zone.
- To demonstrate the feasibility of hybrid diesel-electric double deck bus operation in the City of Bath.
- Urban Freight Transhipment. A trial scheme is in operation using the Bristol site at Avonmouth to reduce the number of large delivery vehicles entering central Bath. At the facility, the goods are consolidated for onwards dispatch in a smaller electric vehicle.
- Improved enforcement of Traffic Regulation Orders. A variable message sign and automatic number plate recognition cameras at Upper Bristol Road/Windsor Bridge Road to discourage heavy goods vehicles from using the central A4 corridor where a traffic regulation order exists.
- Public bicycle hire scheme in the city of Bath. The project is designed to encourage cycling and to improve the modal shift between the bicycle and private car, with consequential reductions in pollution, energy usage and traffic congestion. The project will also provide an alternative form of transport, namely electric bicycles, to achieve a modal shift from the private car to the bicycle in Bath with consequential reductions in pollution, energy usage and traffic congestion.
- Feasibility study and the subsequent installation of electric vehicle recharging point infrastructure. These are included in the bid for funding from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
- Develop building emission assessment spreadsheet tool for emissions of nitric oxide and other pollutants from commercial buildings and introduce it as a requirement for inclusion in Air Quality Assessments in planning applications.
- Review effectiveness of ECOStars Scheme in other authority areas and undertake a feasibility study into the introduction of an ECOStars scheme in Bath and North East Somerset and neighbouring authorities.
- Review the vehicle fleets in terms of Euro emission standards, vehicle age, particulate traps and general specification. Identify cleaner vehicles, emissions abatement technologies and related funding sources for their introduction.
- Monitor and review the bus fleet age, specification and maintenance in Bath. Identify and promote cleanest available vehicles.
- Introduce a ‘Wayfinding and Information System’ for Bath, in connection with improved bus stop waiting environments in the Southgate area; and onboard public transport information. The Bath Legible City project is essentially about revealing and presenting the City of Bath in a way that improves the experience of all the city‘s users.
- Undertake a review of available retrofit technologies and fuel additives for exhaust emissions abatement and a promote use in vehicle fleets operating in Bath.
- Support the implementation of traffic management measures for Rossiter Road and Widcombe Parade where traffic and air pollution dispersion modelling indicates that air quality will be improved.
- Launch and maintain a website providing data and promotion of less polluting modes of transport and energy use.
- Corporate Travel Plan
An informal public exhibition took place in the Guildhall on Wednesday 25 November 2009. This was attended by a number of officers, key stakeholders and members of the public. A leaflet and questionnaire was distributed to all addresses in the Air Quality Management Area. The comments received at the meeting and during the consultation period informed the Air Quality Action Plan.
This Action Plan has been developed in recognition of the legal requirement on the local authority to work towards air quality objectives under Part IV of the Environment Act 1995 and relevant regulations made under that part.
The Air Quality Action Plan for Bath was adopted by the Council in April 2011.
It has been developed at a time when a number of inter-related transport initiatives are at varying stages of development, including the Bath Transport Package; CIVITAS initiative; Pulteney Bridge restrictions; increases in City Centre parking charges; and the Greater Bristol Bus Network.
Bath and North East Somerset Council has adopted a target of 30% reduction in their own Carbon emissions on 2008 levels by 2014 and 45% for all emissions across the district by 2026.
Monitoring of air quality shows that the annual mean national objective for NO2 is being exceeded at a number of locations along main roads in Bath. This area was consulted on and the major road network area was declared as an Air Quality Management Area for NO2 in July 2008.
Walcot Terrace (just east of the Cleveland junction on London Road); London Road (Snow Hill); and St James’ Parade had an annual average concentration of nitrogen dioxide in excess of 60 µg/m3 in 2009 (the national air quality objectives set a standard of 40 µg/m3). Cleveland Place West; Bathwick Street; Broad Street; Somerset Street; The Paragon; Widcombe Parade; Somerset Street (east of Corn Street); Manvers Street; Wells Road (bottom); Kennet House; Morley Terrace; Windsor Bridge; Argyle Terrace and Beckford Road had annual average concentrations in excess of 50 µg/m3 in 2009.
The source apportionment shows road traffic contributes up to 92% of the total NOx concentration, with Heavy Duty Vehicles (HDV’s) contributing between 24 and 57.1%. It is recommended therefore that the Action Plan should focus on measures that reduce emissions from HDV’s as the primary source of NOx emissions within Bath.
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