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Bath double whammy could send more traffic our way

January 25, 2020 8:28 AM
By Trevor Carbin

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Bath council will impose an 18-tonne weight restriction on Cleveland Bridge as of February 3rd. They say the bridge is in need of repair. They don't yet have the money to do the repair, so the closure could last a long time until they find the cash. When that happens (the best case scenario is summer 2020), the bridge will be closed to all traffic for the duration of the work.

HGVs approaching from the north who need to get into Bath are being sent across to Longwell Green then in on the A4. The advisory route for through traffic is along the A4 to Chippenham then down the 350 to rejoin the 36 at Warminster.

However drivers and operators will be well aware that they can legally take the shorter A363 route through Staverton and Trowbridge.

We've been carrying out traffic counts at Farleigh Wick and on the B3105 at Staverton since the autumn of 2019 so we'll find out in February how many extra vehicles are coming through our villages.

In addition the clean air zone (CAZ) for central Bath will launch on 4 November.

The CAZ will see charges of £100 per day for higher emission buses, coaches and HGVs; and £9 per day for higher emission taxis, private hire vehicles, minibuses, LGVs and vans (including private vans, campervans and pick-ups) to drive in the zone. Charges will not apply to private cars and motorbikes, regardless of their emissions.

Again we don't know how much extra traffic and accompanying pollution this will send into West Wiltshire but we will at least have gathered the information on which to base our reactions.