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Journey to Net Zero: Reducing the environmental impact of transport in Bath

Summary

‘We must listen – and we must act – and we must choose wisely’ (UN Secretary-General, COP26 Conference 2021)

Combined, the Current and Futures Report and this plan culminate in the Journey to Net Zero: Reducing the Environmental Impact of Transport in Bath. It identifies the challenges that the district faces in terms of transport both now and in the future, and also the measures required to overcome these, to support the realisation of our core policy theme to tackle the Climate and Ecological Emergency.

This plan collates the projects that the Council is already committed to, as well as those that are in motion, and future projects that we may consider and develop in order to meet our aims. The table below summarises the projects contained within this plan, giving a quick 'big picture' view of all of the projects, in comparison with each other.

It shows where each project is in the three stages of development, their timescales for delivery and, where this information is available, a high-level rating of their potential cost and potential carbon reduction impact. Where data is missing, for example, when a project is recommended but hasn't yet been approved, we will add it when it becomes available.

Contents

Status of projects

Project Status
Development of the Bus Services Improvement Programme Current
MetroWest Phase 1 Current
West of England Combined Authority Ten Year Rail Delivery Plan Current
Delivery of the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan Current
Bath Quays Bridge Current
Loan Bike Scheme Current
Bath Clean Air Zone Current
Liveable Neighbourhoods Current
Bath City Centre Security Project Current
Bath High Street Renewal Programme Current
Freight consolidation, e-Cargo bike and last mile delivery support Current
M4 to Dorset Coast Connectivity Study Current
School travel plans Current
Providing support and guidance to schools to promote sustainable transport Current
Voi e-scooter trial Current
Go Ultra Low West Current
Upgrading of Bath’s Park & Rides to multi-modal interchanges Developing
Bus shelter and stop upgrades Developing
West of England Mass Transit Developing
Bath mass transit Future
Active Travel Fund Tranches 2 and 3 Developing
Bath River Line Developing
Promotion and investment in Travel by Bike Future
Improvements to the pedestrian experience Future
Improvements to disabled access Future
Innovative parking provision Developing
Sustainable transport and public realm improvements package Developing
Bath Top of Town Transport and Movement Study Developing
Milsom Quarter Masterplan Developing
Traffic cells Future
Liveable Neighbourhoods - Next Generation Future
Bath Clean Air Zone and Air Quality Management Area reviews Future
Demand management Future
Coach strategy Future
Rail freight distribution site Future
Road freight package Future
Independent travel to school Future
West of England Future Transport Zone trial and delivery Developing
A4 (Bristol to Bath) Strategic Corridor Programme Developing
A4 Bath to East Access Improvements Programme Developing
A367 (Bath to Somer Valley) and A37 (Bristol to Somer Valley) Corridor Studies Developing
Inter-urban sustainable transport links Future
Rural connectivity Future

Themes supported

Project Supported policy themes
Development of the Bus Services Improvement Programme

Better public transport options

Connecting Bath to rural communities and market towns

MetroWest Phase 1

Better public transport options

Connecting Bath to rural communities and market towns

West of England Combined Authority Ten Year Rail Delivery Plan

Better public transport options

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Delivery of the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Creating improved places to live and work

Bath Quays Bridge

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Creating improved places to live and work

Loan Bike Scheme

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Creating improved places to live and work

Bath Clean Air Zone

Creating improved places to live and work

Supporting future mobility

Liveable Neighbourhoods

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Creating improved places to live and work

Bath City Centre Security Project

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Creating improved places to live and work

Bath High Street Renewal Programme

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Creating improved places to live and work

Freight consolidation, e-Cargo bike and last mile delivery support

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Creating improved places to live and work

Supporting future mobility

M4 to Dorset Coast Connectivity Study

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Creating improved places to live and work

School travel plans

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Cleaner, greener school travel

Providing support and guidance to schools to promote sustainable transport

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Cleaner, greener school travel

Voi e-scooter trial

Better public transport options

Supporting future mobility

Go Ultra Low West

Better public transport options

Supporting future mobility

Upgrading of Bath’s Park & Rides to multi-modal interchanges

Better public transport options

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Creating improved places to live and work

Bus shelter and stop upgrades

Better public transport options

Connecting Bath to rural communities and market towns

West of England Mass Transit

Better public transport options

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Connecting Bath to rural communities and market towns

Bath mass transit

Better public transport options

Creating improved places to live and work

Active Travel Fund Tranches 2 and 3

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Creating improved places to live and work

Bath River Line

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Creating improved places to live and work

Promotion and investment in Travel by Bike

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Improvements to the pedestrian experience

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Creating improved places to live and work

Improvements to disabled access

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Creating improved places to live and work

Innovative parking provision

Creating improved places to live and work

Supporting future mobility

Sustainable transport and public realm improvements package

Better public transport options

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Creating improved places to live and work

Bath Top of Town Transport and Movement Study

Better public transport options

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Creating improved places to live and work

Milsom Quarter Masterplan

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Creating improved places to live and work

Traffic cells

Better public transport options

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Creating improved places to live and work

Liveable Neighbourhoods - Next Generation

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Creating improved places to live and work

Bath Clean Air Zone and Air Quality Management Area reviews

Creating improved places to live and work

Supporting future mobility

Demand management

Better public transport options

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Creating improved places to live and work

Connecting Bath to rural communities and market towns

Coach strategy

Better public transport options

Creating improved places to live and work

Rail freight distribution site

Creating improved places to live and work

Supporting future mobility

Road freight package

Creating improved places to live and work

Supporting future mobility

Independent travel to school

Better public transport options

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Cleaner, greener school travel

West of England Future Transport Zone trial and delivery

Better public transport options

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Supporting future mobility

A4 (Bristol to Bath) Strategic Corridor Programme

Better public transport options

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Creating improved places to live and work

Connecting Bath to rural communities and market towns

A4 Bath to East Access Improvements Programme

Better public transport options

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Creating improved places to live and work

Connecting Bath to rural communities and market towns

A367 (Bath to Somer Valley) and A37 (Bristol to Somer Valley) Corridor Studies

Better public transport options

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Creating improved places to live and work

Connecting Bath to rural communities and market towns

Inter-urban sustainable transport links

Better public transport options

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Creating improved places to live and work

Connecting Bath to rural communities and market towns

Rural connectivity

Better public transport options

Providing for travel on bike and foot

Creating improved places to live and work

Connecting Bath to rural communities and market towns

Delivery timescales

In this context, short term projects are ones which should have easily definable end point, and take weeks or months to deliver. Medium term projects are likely to take one to around three years to complete, and long term measures would take perhaps five years, and in some cases, ten years or more to implement.

Project Timescale
Development of the Bus Services Improvement Programme Medium term
MetroWest Phase 1 Short to medium term
West of England Combined Authority Ten Year Rail Delivery Plan Short to long term
Delivery of the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan Short to long term
Bath Quays Bridge Short term
Loan Bike Scheme Implemented
Bath Clean Air Zone Implemented
Liveable Neighbourhoods Short to medium term
Bath City Centre Security Project Short term
Bath High Street Renewal Programme Short to medium
Freight consolidation, e-Cargo bike and last mile delivery support Implemented
M4 to Dorset Coast Connectivity Study Short term
School travel plans Implemented
Providing support and guidance to schools to promote sustainable transport Implemented
Voi e-scooter trial Implemented
Go Ultra Low West Implemented
Upgrading of Bath’s Park & Rides to multi-modal interchanges Medium to long
Bus shelter and stop upgrades Medium term
West of England Mass Transit Long term
Bath mass transit Long term
Active Travel Fund Tranches 2 and 3 Short to medium term
Bath River Line Medium term
Promotion and investment in Travel by Bike Medium to long term
Improvements to the pedestrian experience Medium to long term
Improvements to disabled access Medium term
Innovative parking provision Short to medium
Sustainable transport and public realm improvements package Medium term
Bath Top of Town Transport and Movement Study Medium to long term
Milsom Quarter Masterplan Medium to long term
Traffic cells Long term
Liveable Neighbourhoods - Next Generation Long term
Bath Clean Air Zone and Air Quality Management Area reviews Short to medium term
Demand management Long term
Coach strategy Medium term
Rail freight distribution site Long term
Road freight package Medium term
Independent travel to school Medium to long term
West of England Future Transport Zone trial and delivery Short to medium term
A4 (Bristol to Bath) Strategic Corridor Programme Medium term
A4 Bath to East Access Improvements Programme Medium term
A367 (Bath to Somer Valley) and A37 (Bristol to Somer Valley) Corridor Studies Medium term
Inter-urban sustainable transport links Long term
Rural connectivity Long term

Carbon reduction impact

Project Carbon reduction impact
Development of the Bus Services Improvement Programme  
MetroWest Phase 1  
West of England Combined Authority Ten Year Rail Delivery Plan  
Delivery of the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan  
Bath Quays Bridge  
Loan Bike Scheme  
Bath Clean Air Zone  
Liveable Neighbourhoods  
Bath City Centre Security Project  
Bath High Street Renewal Programme  
Freight consolidation, e-Cargo bike and last mile delivery support  
M4 to Dorset Coast Connectivity Study  
School travel plans  
Providing support and guidance to schools to promote sustainable transport  
Voi e-scooter trial  
Go Ultra Low West  
Upgrading of Bath’s Park & Rides to multi-modal interchanges Medium
Bus shelter and stop upgrades Medium
West of England Mass Transit High
Bath mass transit High
Active Travel Fund Tranches 2 and 3 Low
Bath River Line Low
Promotion and investment in Travel by Bike Medium
Improvements to the pedestrian experience Medium
Improvements to disabled access N/A
Innovative parking provision Medium
Sustainable transport and public realm improvements package Low
Bath Top of Town Transport and Movement Study High
Milsom Quarter Masterplan Medium
Traffic cells High
Liveable Neighbourhoods - Next Generation Medium
Bath Clean Air Zone and Air Quality Management Area reviews Medium
Demand management High
Coach strategy Low
Rail freight distribution site Medium
Road freight package Medium
Independent travel to school Low
West of England Future Transport Zone trial and delivery High
A4 (Bristol to Bath) Strategic Corridor Programme Medium
A4 Bath to East Access Improvements Programme Medium
A367 (Bath to Somer Valley) and A37 (Bristol to Somer Valley) Corridor Studies Medium
Inter-urban sustainable transport links Medium
Rural connectivity Medium

Cost

This shows the relative costs of these measures. Costs are on a sliding scale, with 1 as lower, and 5 as very high cost. Please note that most of these projects are large-scale measures, so costs may range from tens of thousands of pounds to millions of pounds to implement.

Project Estimated cost
Development of the Bus Services Improvement Programme  
MetroWest Phase 1  
West of England Combined Authority Ten Year Rail Delivery Plan  
Delivery of the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan  
Bath Quays Bridge  
Loan Bike Scheme  
Bath Clean Air Zone  
Liveable Neighbourhoods  
Bath City Centre Security Project  
Bath High Street Renewal Programme  
Freight consolidation, e-Cargo bike and last mile delivery support  
M4 to Dorset Coast Connectivity Study  
School travel plans  
Providing support and guidance to schools to promote sustainable transport  
Voi e-scooter trial  
Go Ultra Low West  
Upgrading of Bath’s Park & Rides to multi-modal interchanges 2 to 3
Bus shelter and stop upgrades 2
West of England Mass Transit 5
Bath mass transit 5
Active Travel Fund Tranches 2 and 3 2
Bath River Line 3
Promotion and investment in Travel by Bike 4
Improvements to the pedestrian experience 2
Improvements to disabled access 2
Innovative parking provision 2 to 3
Sustainable transport and public realm improvements package 2 to 3
Bath Top of Town Transport and Movement Study 3
Milsom Quarter Masterplan 2
Traffic cells 2
Liveable Neighbourhoods - Next Generation 2
Bath Clean Air Zone and Air Quality Management Area reviews 1
Demand management 2 to 3
Coach strategy 2
Rail freight distribution site 3
Road freight package 3
Independent travel to school 2
West of England Future Transport Zone trial and delivery 3
A4 (Bristol to Bath) Strategic Corridor Programme 4
A4 Bath to East Access Improvements Programme 2
A367 (Bath to Somer Valley) and A37 (Bristol to Somer Valley) Corridor Studies 2
Inter-urban sustainable transport links 3
Rural connectivity 2 to 3