Government money of up to £10 million has been announced to fund schemes that will help reduce the impact of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Clean Air Zone on businesses and residents.
As part of the full business case to be submitted later this year the council will seek funding for other mitigation measures to help businesses consolidate deliveries and reduce their reliance on large vehicles delivering goods into the city centre by using alternatives such as electric cargo bikes and vans and micro distribution hubs.
Councillor Dine Romero, council leader, said: “While we have not yet secured all of the funding we bid for, this announcement from the Joint Air Quality Unit will allow us to move forward with Bath’s Clean Air Zone. We will continue to make our case for the full funding which is necessary to deliver the scheme successfully.
the council is on track for a consultation early in the autumn on the draft charging order, which will form the legal basis for enforcing the zone when it is launched by 2021.
Councillor Sarah Warren, cabinet member for Climate Emergency and Neighbourhood Services added: “In addition to funds to mitigate the impact of the scheme, any future revenue from the zone will be reinvested into sustainable transport and travel. We want to encourage people out of their cars by improving our sustainable transport networks.