Sunday, 30 August 2009

Bus lane - update(2)

The council is proposing more works, taken from a council press release.

Not sure that traffic is stacked up nose-to-tail most of the day. It is welcome that the works help the buses get through.

Traffic throughout much of the day, particularly during morning peak time, is stacked nose-to-tail on the A367. Bath & North East Somerset Council is proposing to install additional lengths of bus lane inbound to Bath City Centre, a junction signalisation allowing bus priority, and pedestrian improvements allowing safer crossing so that scheduled services and Odd Down Park and Ride Buses can travel past queues of traffic in moments getting passengers to Bath city centre more quickly and reliably. This will link with the existing half mile stretch of bus lane at Odd Down which benefits bus services coming from Peasedown St. John, Midsomer Norton, and Radstock by bypassing queues in moments.”

The actual works

· Additional inbound lengths of bus lane where Bear Flat approaches Wells Road and on the approach to the Wellsway/Hatfield Rd/Greenway Lane junction with signalisation of this junction to allow bus priority, and improved pedestrian crossing facilities to increase safety;

· Short length of bus lane at the lower end of Bloomfield Road allowing buses to have priority when merging with the Wellsway at Bear Flat;

· A new pedestrian refuge will also be provided at Bear Flat, allowing safer crossing of the road adjacent to an upgraded bus stop.

Seven points are dealt with by the Council in the consultation – parking on Bloomfield Road and Hatfield Road, loading at Bear Flat, congestion, speeding, left-only at Bloomfield Road, southern travel on Entry Hill, and assessment for the need of any pedestrian crossings. Residents are being asked to give their views by September 11th, let us know or contact the council transportation section. councilconnect@bathnes.gov.uk

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