1. We await B&NES's detailed proposals for the Bath Clean Air Zone.
2. The revised U1 University bus service, and the new No.10 service, came into effect in September.
3. For many years, Circus Area Residents' Association (CARA) has sought to remove coaches from and reduce car traffic in The Circus and the surrounding residential streets. Finally, B&NES is to introduce a Traffic Management Scheme (TMS) banning coaches from The Circus, restricting Gay Street to one-way traffic (up) and introducing loading restrictions to improve traffic flow in George Street. A number of parking bays in the area are being converted to 'permit-holder only'. FOBRA is continuing discussions with Avon and Somerset Police about the (lack of) enforcement of the HGV weight limit in George Street.
4. The Bath Alliance for Transport and Public Realm, of which FOBRA is a founder member, plans to hold two conferences on transport in Bath in the run-up to the Council elections next May. The first conference will be held on 16 November and aims to provide a neutral platform for the local political groups to outline their approaches to transport. Another important purpose of this conference is to bring outside urban transport experts to Bath to offer inspiration, perspective and lessons from other cities. The title of the conference is 'The Future of Transport in Bath: Shaping and delivering a city transport plan'. Members are encouraged to take part; details and a flyer for online registration will be circulated shortly. The second conference, in April, will provide a platform for the political parties to present their transport manifestos for the elections.
Patrick Rotheram, Transport Lead