Local residents who live in and between Bath and Bristol are being urged to help shape proposals which could have a major impact on the future of public transport along the A4. A consultation has been launched yesterday (Tuesday, 22nd August) asking more residents to make ‘Big Choices’ and give their views on early-stage plans which aim to cut traffic and improve air quality along the busy road between the West of England’s two cities. Those who live, work or travel along the route are being encouraged to have their say on the ideas to make changes to introduce cycling and walking routes in West of England towns and areas along this stretch of the A4, while bearing in mind that all the projects will bring with them trade-offs and compromises, and that nothing is set in stone. One project which will require very serious consideration about the real trade-offs involved are plans to transform the current Bath Road in Brislington and Totterdown - with cycle and bus lanes and where hundreds of plants and trees could be planted, if the plans go ahead. Other transport ideas locals are being asked for their views on include changes to the Keynsham by-pass, new junctions, plus potentially new cycle and bus lanes all the way between West of England areas like Totterdown to those like Saltford, as well as other ideas to be considered by those who live and work in the communities along the Bath to Bristol routes. Residents first gave their views on the 'Bath to Bristol Corridor’ project in 2021 and this feedback has shaped today’s updated plans. Responses from residents showed some of their key priorities included more reliable bus services, greener spaces and cleaner air. But it is recognised that these proposals will not be good for everyone, which is why residents are being urged to take part in the six-week consultation and help shape the plans on the table. The plans are part of a wider £540 million programme from the West of England Combined Authority to improve public transport across the region. The project is being delivered in close partnership with Bath and North East Somerset Council, and other partners. To find out about a consultation event near you or to read more about the plans in your area you can visit here. The consultation is open until 1st October 2023.

Bath to Bristol Corridor online webinar events will be held for Bath, Keynsham and Saltford residents on Thursday, 7th September (6.30pm - 8 pm) and Brislington and Totterdown locals on Monday, 4th September (6.30pm - 8pm)   

Residents can attend six drop-in sessions to learn more about the proposals and ask questions. These include sessions in:

  1. Bath on Thursday, 14th September (2pm - 7pm), The Street, Bath Spa University, Locksbrook Campus BA1 3EL;
  2. Brislington on Wednesday, 20th September (2pm - 7pm), Hungerford Community Centre BS4 5EX and
  3. Tuesday, 26th September (2pm - 7pm) The Spielman Centre, West Lodge, Arnos Vale Cemetery BS4 3EW  
  4. Keynsham on Monday, 11th September (3pm - 8pm) St John’s The Baptist Parish Hall BS31 2BL and
  5. Friday, 22nd September (12pm - 5pm), Keynsham Library, Keynsham BS31 1FS and
  6. Saltford on Tuesday, 19th September (2pm - 7pm), Saltford Hall, Saltford BS31 3BY