Press Release: Thinking Differently about travel in Bath

B&NES residents, campaigners and councillors join forces to tackle travel and transport problems and share their vision for the future

 Around 60 people from the Bath area are so concerned about local travel and transport needs that they braved the worst snow and ice for years to attend an open meeting on Saturday 3rd March. ‘Thinking differently about travel in Bath’ was hosted by Transition Larkhall, with campaign groups from around the city and several BANES councillors contributing. The meeting heard from: Mark Shelford (Lyncombe, Conservative Party Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment); Lin Patterson (Green, Lambridge); John Bull (Paulton, Labour spokesperson on Transport), Rob Appleyard (LibDem, Lambridge); and Richard Samuel (LibDem, Walcot), as well as Bath MP Wera Hobhouse.

However, most contributions came from residents who shared their concerns about different forms of travel, air and noise pollution. “I worry about the effect that air pollution is having on my children’s health. One goes to school on the Lower Bristol Road. When she blows her nose, her snot is black,” said one worried parent. Parents need to be assured that their children can travel safely and reliably to and from school. Two attendees reported that their young son who takes a bus across Bath to get to school has been kicked off the bus en route by the driver who insisted adults be given priority over youngsters.

Many feel unsafe cycling in the city due to traffic. Residents found common ground and worked on potential solutions.

“The usual thing isn’t working. We can’t work against each other. We can’t have a scoring system – that means that there will be losers. We cannot have any losers when it comes to travel in Bath,” Transition Larkhall’s Joanna Wright said.

“We need a long-term cross-party solution. We need carrots, sticks, a common integrated vision and communications to help the public understand that vision,” said local campaigner Sarah Warren.

Fiona Powell of the Bathampton Meadows Alliance urged the Council to build a culture of decision-taking based on data. “Between 20,000 – 25,000 children need to reach a destination in Bath each school day…We have very little information about pollution and the cost of driving.”

“So far, transport decisions have been made so that you can drive your car wherever you want in Bath. We have to turn that on its head,” said Councillor Richard Samuel.

“Because housing is so expensive in Bath, people move out. But they need to get into Bath for work. We need affordable means for getting people here,” John Bull stated.

Councillor Mark Shelford set out his ambition: “Bath will be quieter, cleaner and easier to get around, in a way that supports the economy of our World Heritage City.”

The event showed that all travel around the city of Bath requires a collective rethink and behaviour change. Transition Larkhall will compile a report of the ideas and changes discussed; with recommendations to underpin further actions.

Open Event today is HAPPENING

Transition Larkhall warmly welcomes all those who wish to attend the Open Meeting “Thinking differently about travel in Bath” at the New Oriel Hall today Saturday 3rd March.

First Bus is planning on running some services today:

I have looked at the thermometer and it says 1 degree, so the ice and snow are thawing.

The event will start at 9.30.  Please bring a change of shoes.

Best wishes Joanna

Open Forum: Thinking differently about travel in and around Bath

Transition Larkhall is organising an Open Meeting: “Thinking differently about travel in and around Bath”

:we want your ideas about transport in Bath:

Wera Hobhouse MP and other political and campaign groups will be present to join the discussion about the future of travel in and around Bath.

at the New Oriel Hall on the 3rd March 2018 from 9.30am to 2pm .

Wera Hobhouse MP will be present to hear what all constituents have to say. A professional facilitator will lead the discussion, focused on the idea of “Thinking differently about travel in and around Bath”, instead of thinking up solutions, lets go back to first principals, who is moving around and why are they moving that way, how do you travel, and how would you like to travel, around Bath? Help create a transport vision for Bath.

The event is free and open to all members of the public. Booking is essential as numbers of places are limited. Please RSVP if you would like to attend. Please send your details to Joanna Wright at or to



Wera Hobhouse to speak in Larkhall

MP Wera Hobhouse is coming to New Oriel Hall….

Bath’s newly elected MP Wera Hobhouse will be coming to Larkhall at the invitation of Transition Larkhall to talk to residents about local traffic problems and their consequences for air and noise pollution. Wera will be sharing her thoughts on relevant policy solutions.

Transition Larkhall is currently engaged in several projects related to local traffic problems such as air pollution, school-run traffic and safety for pedestrians and cyclists. Wera has indicated that such subjects are amongst her priority issues so it should be interesting to hear her views.

To hear Wera’s ideas and put your own views and questions come along at

7.30pm on 20th October, New Oriel Hall.

Community Matters at the Guildhall, Bath

On Thursday 21st September 2017 Dr Ian Walker and Joanna Wright spoke to a packed audience about the research Transition Larkhall has conducted in the last 18 months, in conjunction with the University of Bath and the South West Foundation on the question “How do parents take their children to school and why do they choose to travel that way”.  If you would like information about this research please see attached report for full details.


Above image of 1000 toy cars illustrating the number of vehicles that travel down Deadmill Lane between 7am and 10am on a school morning when all schools state and private are at school.

To see a short film made by Shannen Twomey from Bath Spa Uni see