Bath & North East Somerset Council has welcomed the funding boost given to local transport projects by the newly established West of England Joint Committee. Bath & North East Somerset will benefit from a total investment of £2.3m:
- £1.8m to relocate a coach park from Bath Quays North to Odd Down Park and Ride.
- £400,000 towards improvements to the A39/B3116 Junction, at the ‘two headed man’, to aid traffic flow.
- £40,000 Cycle Investment Package which will help to fund improvements to the cycle network in Midsomer Norton and the Bath City Riverside Enterprise Area and provide grants for employers to encourage cycling and walking to work.
- £75,000 to progress the design and delivery of Safer Routes to Schools Schemes.
The money has come from the Local Enterprise Partnership Economic Development Fund (EDF) and was allocated by the West of England Joint Committee. The Joint Committee is made up of the West of England Combined Authority members and North Somerset Council.
Cllr Tim Warren (Conservative, Mendip), Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “This significant investment from the West of England Joint Committee will help to strengthen our transport network and reduce congestion. The improvements to transport infrastructure together with investment in sustainable transport options will help to make journeys quicker and easier while supporting our local economy and improving the region’s productivity.”
West of England Mayor Tim Bowles said: “This funding through the West of England Joint Committee is a good example of how partnership working can support projects that have benefits for the wider region. These projects are important steps in ensuring that our transport infrastructure meets the growth needs of the region.”
Cllr Mark Shelford (Conservative, Conservative, Lyncombe) Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, added: “These projects form a key part of our wider plan to improve transport and tackle congestion across the B&NES area. The need to improve traffic flow on the A39, at the Two Headed Man junction in particular, has been talked about locally for many years. The Council is committed to encouraging more people to use sustainable forms of transport and the investment in our cycle network will help us to achieve this.”