The West of England Partnership's vision to improve transport across the region

Bath Package

Bath has a road network which is constrained, over 20,000 work journeys by car are made into the City every day causing pollution and congestion. Congestion is costing in the order of £50m a year.

The Bath Package is a series of transport measures designed to reduce congestion, pollution and energy consumption whilst improving public transport making travel throughout Bath easier for residents and visitors.

The 'Best and Final Bid' for the Bath Package was submitted to the Department for Transport on September 9 2011 as one of the five West of England Major Transport Schemes.  Read the Strategic Business Case and see all the accompanying documents.

As part of the Department for Transport aproval process the final Full Approval documents will be submitted in Spring 2012

The Package aims to provide a modern integrated easy to use public transport system which seeks to:

 
  • Create a step change in public transport providing an attractive alternative to the private car
  • Reduce congestion and improve air quality
  • Bring environmental improvements
  • Create an effective and efficient transport system that will support the Bath Western Riverside regeneration project and other future developments.
 Bath Package jpg Feb 2010  

The final bid to the Government for a £34.3 million scheme proposed by Bath & North East Somerset Council will tackle the city’s current and future traffic problems and support the infrastructure required to regenerate the local economy

There will be:

  • Upgrades to bus stop infrastructure on 9 service routes, including real time passenger information;
 

  • Expansion of existing Park & Ride sites. Odd Down by 250 spaces, Lansdown by 390 spaces, and Newbridge by 250 spaces;

  • City centre works: High Street improvements and timed access restrictions;
  

  • Variable Message signs on the main approaches to Bath, and within the city centre, to provide information to motorists like numbers of parking spaces available;
  • Works to support the new homes, businesses, and community facilities at Bath Riverside - including a bus rapid transit system serving the site.

The Bath & North East Somerset Council website pages on the Bath Package includes the full Major Scheme Business Case as submitted to the Department for Transport.  

In October 2010 the new Government held a Comprehensive Spending Review.  As part of this review, the Department for Transport are reviewing all the transport schemes from across the country that are asking for funding.  All local authority schemes have been placed in one of four categories, a supported, development, pre-qualification and longer term pool . Three of our schemes, the Bath Package, Weston Package and Ashton Vale to Temple Meads Rapid Transit are in the development pool, while the North Fringe to Hengrove Package and the South Bristol Link are in the pre-qualification pool.  

The Department for Transport is asking for ’expressions of interest’ for all schemes in order that they can reassess the viability and deliverability of the proposals.  In the guidance they have advised of the need to look carefully at opportunities to reduce scheme costs and have reminded us that this is a ’competitive process’ so work is in hand to present a strong strategic and technical case for the West of England schemes.

The Best and Final Funding Bid was submitted to Government on 9 September 2011.

The proposals for the Bath Package underpin the 'Vision for Bath' and support regeneration. The major scheme bid submitted to the Department for Transport in July 2006 was granted Programme Entry Status in October 2007.

 

For further information please contact Bath and North East Somerset Council
Telephone: 01225 394446
Email: transportation@bathnes.gov.uk