Work on a new package of public transport measures in Bath can now start after receiving final approval from Local Transport Minister Norman Baker today (11 July 2012).
The package includes: expansion to 3 park and ride sites with new vehicles and more frequent services into the city centre; 9 showcase bus routes with junction and priority improvements as well as more real time information for passengers; an active traffic management system; and improvements to the city centre environment for pedestrians.
The scheme will reduce congestion, benefit the environment, and improve accessibility in central Bath.
Norman Baker said:
This is a great scheme that will reduce congestion, improve journeys for bus passengers and make it easier to reach this historic city by public transport.
The £11 million we are putting into this scheme shows that the coalition government is serious about investing in the infrastructure the country needs to drive economic growth, while also cutting carbon.
The Bath transportation package scheme was one of the schemes given funding approval last year as part of the spending review process. Work can now start on the main construction with the package scheduled to open in September 2014.
Notes to editors
Today’s (11 July 2012) announcement grants full (final) approval to the Bath transportation package scheme enabling work to begin.
The package of measures, promoted by Bath & North East Somerset Council, is scheduled to open in September 2014.
The department will provide a maximum of £10.958 million towards the full scheme cost of £26.898 million.