Imperatives for B&NES
This High Court Direction means the Council has to come up with a plan to improve air quality which will make a difference by 2021.
The danger for us in NE Bath
The danger is that the Council focus on the pressing problem on the London Road and disperse traffic through other routes through Larkhall and Camden. We, in the CRA, are doing our best to avoid this happening.
At peak times, Camden Road is already over 50% as busy as the arterial London Road, and yet it is a narrow, single track, residential street. The full 1.5 mile rat run through both Larkhall and Camden draws in traffic not only from the East and North but also the South of the city. This traffic passes three schools, uses constricted residential streets and threatens residents and the many commuting pedestrians with illegally poor air quality. At non-peak times air quality recovers slightly, but most drivers exceed the 20 mph speed limit creating other safety issues.
We’re monitoring carefully the news here: http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/bath-breathes-2021