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Tennyson Road through-traffic restriction proposal

In response to community feedback, we are proposing a through-traffic restriction on Tennyson Road in Bath, as part of our Liveable Neighbourhoods (LN) programme.

Our proposals aim to remove through traffic from this residential street, keeping this traffic on the main road network, while maintaining vehicle access for residents and visitors. This will make the route safer for residents, children, pedestrians, and cyclists.

We want to know whether you support a trial of a through-traffic restriction at this location. We would also like to hear your comments on a preliminary design.

The Liveable Neighbourhoods programme

This is one of four proposals for through-traffic restrictions across Bath and North East Somerset being piloted ahead of wider improvements under the community-led LN programme.

The LN programme aims to improve health and wellbeing through safer, quieter residential streets with better spaces for walking, wheeling and meeting others outside. Not all LN programme improvements will include vehicle restrictions. 

Area background

Tennyson Road is a 20mph residential road that provides access to Park Lane near Royal Victoria Park. It also connects to Upper Bristol Road via Cork Street. The carriageway is very narrow at points, only allowing one-way traffic.

A map showing the Tennyson Road area in Bath

Select a topic below to find out more about the challenges on this street, and what residents have told us during our public engagements.

Current challenges

Through traffic due to 'short-cutting'

Residents have highlighted in previous public engagements that commuters often use Tennyson Road and Cork Street to 'queue-jump' traffic at peak times to avoid queues at the A4 Upper Bristol Road/Park Lane junction.

This leads to through traffic on Tennyson Road and Cork Street.

A map showing through traffic on Tennyson Road, Bath

Narrow carriageway width

Although it is a two-way street, Tennyson Road is as narrow as 3.5m in width in places. The recommended minimum width for two-way streets is 5.5m.

An image of the narrow carriageway on Tennyson Road

Poor pedestrian provision

The existing footway along Tennyson Road and Cork Street is also very narrow, less than the recommended 2m width.

Vehicles are often parked on both sides of the road and the pavement, limiting safe routes for pedestrians, wheelchairs or residents with buggies.

What residents have said

In a public engagement on our LN programme in December 2021, the majority of respondents supported the installation of traffic interventions in the Kingsmead and Lansdown area.

69% of respondents highlighted that through traffic was an issue in the area, while 61% of respondents said that speeding traffic was a concern.

61% of respondents stated that restrictions on through traffic and or HGVs would have the biggest impact to make this area safer.

Our proposals

We are proposing to trial a traffic restriction on Tennyson Road, between Westhall Road and Coronation Road, using a modal filter that stops vehicles passing through. In this case, we are proposing a set of temporary planters.

To view the preliminary design, click the pin on the map below. A link to the preliminary design will then appear.

Residents and visitors with vehicles would still be able to access homes on either side of the restriction. Pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchairs would be able to pass through the modal filter freely and safely.

We will consult with key stakeholders such as the emergency services, waste and highways as part of this engagement. This will ensure that all services would be accommodated in our plan.

Select a topic below to read more about where the filter would be located, modal filters, how traffic movements will be amended and how these proposals will benefit the community.

Location detail

The proposed restriction (temporary planters) would be located between Westhall Road and Coronation Road. Residents and visitors on Tennyson Road and Westhall Road to the east of the restriction would still be able to enter and exit at the Tennyson Road/Park Lane junction.

Those to the west of the restriction would still be able to enter and exit the remainder of Tennyson Road, Cork Street and Coronation Road by using either the Coronation Road/Park Lane junction or the Cork Street/Upper Bristol Road junction. However, drivers would not be able to pass the filter to exit via Tennyson Road.

The location provides adequate space for a vehicle to make a three-point turn on either side of the modal filter if required, as shown in the images below.

An image showing the three-point turn point west of the proposed modal filter on Tennyson Road

An image showing the three-point turn point east of the proposed modal filter on Tennyson Road

Additional waiting restrictions may also be required to preserve the turning area, including double yellow lines and signage. This may lead to some loss of parking.

We would provide advance warning signs to warn motorists that they would not be able to use the area as a through route. We are proposing a ‘new road layout ahead’ sign on a new post at the change from Cork Terrace to Tennyson Road in the west and a ‘no through road except cycles’ and a ‘road ahead closed’ sign on new posts at the junction of Park Lane and Tennyson Road.

We would also provide temporary signs for a limited period.

How the proposals benefit the community

The introduction of temporary planters as a modal filter would reduce through traffic on Tennyson Road and Cork Street. This will create a safer and more pleasant space for residents, children, pedestrians and cyclists.

The area occupied by the modal filter could be fitted with street furniture to provide a community space for residents, reclaiming the road space as a community hub, should the trial be made permanent.

A map showing the reclaimed space on Tennyson Road

While there would be some loss of parking in the area to allow for turning vehicles, residents would benefit from fewer passing vehicles and quieter, safer streets.

Along with physical restrictions, we are working with residents – especially where issues have been identified – to reduce reliance on cars where possible, especially for short trips that could be walked or wheeled. This is to help reduce congestion on all roads, improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions. There are also health, wellbeing and financial benefits for the individual.

Developing liveable neighbourhoods is not all about physical interventions and will rely in part on everyone finding healthier, sustainable ways to do short journeys.

Read more about modal filters

During the trial, we would install temporary planters to restrict through traffic. Should the trial be successful and made permanent, we could use a combination of features such as benches to create an additional community space for local residents.

Traffic movements

Residents on Tennyson Road and Westhall Road to the east of the restriction who want to get to the A4 Upper Bristol Road would have to drive via Park Lane.

Access for the emergency and other services would be from either Park Lane, Coronation Road or Cork Street, depending on their destination.

A map showing the diversion of traffic from Tennyson Road

Have your say

We would like to hear whether you agree, in principle, to the introduction of a through-traffic intervention on this road. You will also be able to add additional comments which we will consider when creating the detailed design, should the proposal be supported.

Have your say on our proposals by completing our online form. This should take no more than 5 to 10 minutes of your time.

Respond online

If you want to request a paper copy of the survey, or if you need to see the information in an easy-read or alternative format, please email us at LNPilots@bathnes.gov.uk or call 01225 39 40 41

In-person engagement

We are holding an in-person public engagement event on 23 August 2022, at Weston Methodist Church, Newbridge Hill, BA1 3PW, between 4pm and 8pm.

The event will allow you to discuss the proposals in more detail with a member of our team.

This event does not include an exhibition on the wider LN work across the Kingsmead and Lansdown area. We will notify residents involved in this co-design work of the wider exhibition date in due course.

What happens next

We will consider and publish the feedback we receive on this proposal. Assuming there is support for the vehicle restriction, we will draw up a more detailed design, taking on board residents’ comments.

The restriction would then be temporarily installed from Autumn 2022, under an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO).

This trial would run for 12 months. During this time, residents and the wider public could experience the changes and see how it affects traffic movements. We would ask for your views on the restriction during a 12-month formal consultation.

We would inform residents and the public of the details before a trial starts, including the final design, installation date and how you can formally have your say. We will consider all comments before we decide whether to permanently adopt any restriction.

Monitoring

Should a trial be approved, we will monitor any impacts to local traffic movements using automatic traffic counts and cameras. This would happen towards the end of the trial period and will be compared to baseline data collected before any trial starts (in Autumn 2022).

We will publish the data to show the impact of any restriction on local traffic movements. It would inform any decision to permanently adopt the restriction.

View the project timeline