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In light of government guidance, Bath’s clean air zone (scheduled for November 2020) will not go live before January 2021. We’re waiting for a recommended start date from the government. In the meantime, please email CAZ_info@bathnes.gov.uk with any questions or concerns.

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Queen Square proposals

Without managing the flow of traffic at Queen Square, a class C clean air zone (exempting private cars from charges) would not be capable of reducing NO2 pollution to within legal limits in the timescale required.

We’re therefore installing traffic lights at Queen Square to reduce the flow of traffic into Gay Street, which is an NO2 hotspot. The lights - which will be turned on ahead of the launch of the CAZ in autumn 2020 - will be removed once compliance with air quality limits is achieved across the city .

See also How we reached this decision.

How will it work?

New traffic lights will be placed at the junctions with the A367 Chapel Row/Princes Street and at Queen Square Place.

We’ll also seek to improve the space with better footways, priority for cyclists, and traffic light crossings.

What’s the impact?

This is predicted to divert some vehicles along Julian Road, Marlborough Buildings and Cavendish Road, and create a small increase in NO2 levels at Whiteway Road, Rush Hill, and Lansdown Lane.

However levels of NO2 are not expected to exceed the legal threshold at these locations or in any other area of Bath.

Overall a class C CAZ ensures fewer negative impacts on a wide range of people (including disadvantaged groups) than a class D CAZ which would have charged drivers of all non-compliant cars.

For more information see the Distribution and Equalities Impact Analysis in the Full Business Case.

In future, as part of wider plans to improve our environment, our goal is to restrict through-traffic along the south and east sides of historic Queen Square and this will be subject to a separate public consultation in due course.

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How we reached this decision

 

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