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Active travel schemes consultation plan

Who we are consulting How we are consulting When we are consulting
Ward councillors Email and virtual meeting December 2020
Pedestrian and cyclist groups Email and virtual meeting December 2020
Groups representing those with disabilities Email and virtual meeting December 2020
Universities that are directly affected by schemes Email January 2021
Proposals will then be amended and updated as necessary    
Residents and businesses fronting the roads directly affected by the scheme Letter – will outline scheme details, objectives, how to access detailed plans & drawings, information on how to complete a survey (to be available online and hard copy available on request) and how to raise queries. February 2021
The wider public The council’s website, a press release which will refer to the web page with details of the scheme and a link to an online survey. On-street posters referring people to the website and survey. February 2021
Member of Parliament Email February 2021
Emergency Services (police, fire and ambulance services have already been consulted informally on draft plans) Email February 2021
Bus operators who have services on the affected roads (already been consulted informally on draft plans) Email, site visits if necessary February 2021
Royal Mail, Road Haulage Association, Freight Transport Association Email February 2021
Residents’ Associations, if one exists in the area where the scheme is located Email February 2021
Local schools in the immediate vicinity of the scheme Email February 2021
Large employers in the local area who may be affected by the proposals, such as the Royal United Hospital for the Upper Bristol Road scheme and the National Trust for the Combe Down to University scheme. Email February 2021
Proposals will then be amended and updated as necessary    
Proposed Traffic Regulation Order(s) for bus gate, cycle lanes and changes to parking and/or loading advertised. Letters to residents and businesses fronting the road directly affected by the scheme. Notices placed on the street and in a local newspaper. Email notification to ward councillors, emergency services and other statutory consultees. Email notification to disability groups, affected schools, pedestrian and cyclist groups. March/April 2021
Decision taken on the proposed TRO and, subject to this decision, the scheme going ahead. If the closure of North Road goes ahead it would be through an Experimental TRO.    
If the scheme is proceeding, construction will take place during 2021. Exact dates will depend on other roadworks in Bath taking place to avoid clashes   During 2021

Monitoring and evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation would take place following the implementation of each scheme, including surveys at 6 and 12 month post-completion.

It is important to identify how we will measure whether a scheme is meeting its objectives. For each scheme that proceeds following consultation we will undertake the following both before and after it is implemented:

  • Surveys asking residents, businesses, pedestrians, cyclists and other road users what they think of the current traffic situation in the area concerned.
  • Data collected on the number of motor vehicles (with classifications), cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Data collected on queues or congestion, where this is relevant to the scheme.
  • General data collection such as vehicle speeds and accident statistics.
  • Informal observations.

If the North Road closure goes ahead as an experiment, comments or objections will continue to be collected during the first six months that it’s in place. The experiment would last no longer than 18 months, and within this time all of the feedback received would be reviewed together with any relevant data, to enable a decision to be made on whether it should be modified, made permanent or removed.