Council welcomes transport funding

By Becky Brooks in Transport

B&NES Council has welcomed the funding boost given to local transport projects by the newly established West of England Joint Committee. Bath and North East Somerset will benefit from a total investment of £2.3 million.

• £1.8m to relocate a coach park from Bath Quays North to Odd Down Park and Ride.

• £400,000 towards improvements to the A39/B3116 Junction, at the ‘two headed man’, to aid traffic flow.

• A £40,000 Cycle Investment Package, which will help to fund improvements to the cycle network in Midsomer Norton and the Bath City Riverside Enterprise Area and provide grants for employers to encourage cycling and walking to work.

• £75,000 to progress the design and delivery of Safer Routes to Schools Schemes.

The money has come from the Local Enterprise Partnership Economic Development Fund (EDF) and was allocated by the West of England Joint Committee. The Joint Committee is made up of the West of England Combined Authority members and North Somerset Council.

West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “This funding through the West of England Joint Committee is a good example of how partnership working can support projects that have benefits for the wider region. These projects are important steps in ensuring that our transport infrastructure meets the growth needs of the region.”