Bath & North East Somerset Council undertook a Low Emission Zone feasibility study for Bath (completed 2014), using the government’s local air quality grant. Most of the major road network in Bath falls within an Air Quality Management Area. In the areas covered by the study, the national objective annual mean of 40 micrograms per cubic metre for nitrogen dioxide is exceeded by up to 20 micrograms per cubic metre (National Air Quality Regulations [Environment Act 1995]).
The LEZ feasibility study tested options for stipulating Euro 5 engine emission standards for lorries, buses and coaches in the London Road / Bathwick Street area and the central area in the vicinity of the bus station, Dorchester Street, Manvers Street and St James’ Parade. The study identified a central area as the most viable option, given the constraints for London Road and Bathwick Street relating to a lack of enforcement power over lorries outside of London and the fact that London Road and Bathwick Street are designated by the Department for Transport as part of the Primary Route Network.
The council is considering a workable scheme that could also deliver the necessary air quality improvements.
See Condensed Technical Summary - Bath LEZ Feasibility Study 2014 for more information and the full Summary Report. Further technical documents are also available to download on the right hand side of this page.