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Bath Breathes 2021 - Overview

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Since March 2018, we’ve been talking to you about a clean air zone for Bath that will help to urgently reduce nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the city - a type of air pollution which can worsen heart and lung conditions and trigger asthma attacks. 

The scheme has now been approved by the council's cabinet, with a switch-on date set for 4 November.

While the CAZ specifically tackles rising vehicle emissions in Bath's city centre, air quality will improve across the whole city. The zone is also just the start of a wider journey to tackle climate emergency and improve the environment for everyone who lives and works in Bath & North East Somerset.  

About the Clean Air Zone 

After significant consultation with the public, the council has decided on a class C clean air zone (CAZ), charging most higher-emission vehicles to drive in the city centre from late 2020. Cars (excluding taxis/PHVs) and motorbikes will not be charged in the zone. 

The scheme also features proposals to reduce the flow of traffic into Queen Square (enabling private cars to be exempt from charges), and a range of support to lessen the impact of the zone and encourage a shift to cleaner travel and transport.

This includes a financial assistance scheme for those affected by charges.

Latest news - Cabinet approves Bath's CAZ for 4 November switch-on

The council's cabinet has now approved the final details of the scheme with a switch-on date of 4 November. The full business case for the zone - including supporting measures - is now with the Government for final approval. 

Find out more

The following pages outline the scheme in more detail:

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