Screen Shot 2018-08-08 at 18.54.44Whilst the main flurry of activity continues to deliver the B&NES Clean Air Plan (CAP) according to published deadlines, the pre-existing air quality work is reported on in the “2018 Air Quality Annual Status Report (138 pages)” which came out this week.  It certainly scores highly on the ‘weight of paper test’!  and I did manage to glean three things from it:

  1. It tells us that NOx levels are generally getting better but not sufficiently quickly to obviate the need for a clean air zone (CAP) which is ongoing,
  2. London Road, Lambridge has made the most improvement but this is put down to the new bus lane extension forcing the majority of the traffic further away from the sensor,
  3. It gives us a hint of what additional measures will be completed in the next year, some of which could be interesting but may not be effective in the timescales required.  See the table below.

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(The ‘see here’ link in item 6 above is here)

So nothing seismic in the report.  For those avid followers of these matters we should be getting set for the Automatic Number Plate Reading (ANPR) analysis this month.  See here.

5 thoughts on “Latest Air Quality Report published

  1. I hope it has some effect, the congestion charge in London worked, but then they had a good public transport system to fall back on. It’s about changing behaviours and if there is not an attractive alternative people will just avoid Bath. Great for lowering pollution, but not so good for business.
    I think we should look to places that have reduced pollution and learn from them. Attractive and affordable public transport is key, but it is very expensive and successive governments have proved themselves inept at providing public transport to a standard necessary to tempt people out of their cars in any number.
    The most effective pollution reduction per £ invested is cycle infrastructure, and it’s not just by a bit, but by a massive factor. You only need to read some of the work done for example in Seville. It has been very carefully costed and monitored. All the various different transport schemes built in the last few years have been compared, so anyone wishing to reduce pollution can learn from their example. It’s not about replacing every car journey with cycling, but enough to make a significant difference to air quality.


  2. Thanks for your helpful comment. Our interest in the CAZ is tactical, not strategic. It must have an effect on NOx levels otherwise the Council will be in breach of a High Court Direction. In so doing it will hopefully reduce traffic levels sufficiently for city dwellers and users to get a glimpse of life in a less congested, sweeter smelling city.
    The Council also promise other ‘non-chargeable measures’ to provide viable transport alternatives for those affected but we have little idea as to what they are yet. I suspect with the short timescales it will be tweaking rather than radical change.
    As you say, cycling can be a successful alternative and we have created a vision for this – see the link just under the white table above. It does take into account the hilly nature of Bath.


  3. Hi Jeremy and thanks for the update. Re buses, did I dream it or were we told that we’d be getting (some?) cleaner, quieter buses for the 6/6A/7 route this July just past? Best, Tim


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