Transition Larkhall acts as a unifying forum to discuss and action traffic and transport issues in and around the Larkhall area. To reduce carbon fuels and air polluting emissions, we particularly advocate public transport non-motorised travel: walking and cycling. Our aims are:

  • to work towards establishing an environmentally sustainable traffic and transport solution for Larkhall
  • to bring together a diverse range of individuals and groups to discuss all aspects of traffic and transport
  • to co-ordinate research in order to improve understanding of traffic and transport issues.
  • on behalf of the community, to advocate improvements in traffic and transport policy and infrastructure to local authorities.

PRESS RELEASE 3rd March 2018

“Thinking differently about travel in and around 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.

For more Information about this day click here

 

Current and Recent traffic and transport issues:

Upgrade of the canal towpath and approaches: we have sought member’s views on access to the Grosvenor Bridge Road.

Consultation for the location of cycle parking: local. Views were fed back to B&NES Council.

Proposals for a new, cycle-friendly crossing of London Road: a specific B&NES Council scheme for a crossing at Beaufort Place has received substantial comment and a local meeting with B&NES’s cycling officer on this proposal will take place at 5.30 pm on 1st March upstairs in New Oriel Hall.

Cycling on the London Road: regrettably, the hard-won restoration, in 2014, of the off-road cycle path, approaching the Cleveland Place junction, has again come into jeopardy as a result of new policies by the incoming Conservative council administration. The new proposals could mean more parking at on the path at Walcot Terrace. In conjunction with Bath cycling groups, Transition Larkhall has protested at these changes, which we believe would deter some cyclists and risk collisions between cyclists and pedestrians. Negotiations between B&NES Cycle Forum representatives and the Member for Transport to minimise these consequences are continuing. Thanks to all those members and supporters who have sent in objections to the plans.

Campaign for a safe walking and cycling path from Larkhall Square across the Lambrook to Alice Park: This was proposed as an addition to the current re-development of the defunct Harvester site between Gloucester Rd and the London Rd. At the moment the proposal has been knocked back by the developers’ refusal to support the plan. However TL representatives are continuing to press B&NES officers to reconsider their initial acquiescence in the developers’ decision.

Parliament recently created a Minister for Cycling and the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) and its new Policy Director, Jason Torrance says:

‘This is a historic and bold step forward by Government that for the first time gives a commitment to a long-term investment strategy for cycling and walking that will extend travel choice, help ease congestion and improve our health and our environment. We look forward to this commitment being matched by a level of investment that will transform streets and communities for people to walk and cycle.’

‘With physical inactivity, pollution and congestion increasing across the UK, investing in cycling and walking is an economic silver bullet and government must act across all departments to secure significant investment.’

In support of these comments in mind Transition Larkhall will continue to advocate local community needs and challenge local and national government to realise this vision with serious and suitable investment in walking and cycling infrastructure.

If you would like any further information or have any views do contact Transition Larkhall.

Of the strangers against whom we rage and shake
One may be the good friend we will some day make

Bryn Jones: Chair

 

Notes of meeting with Alison Sherwen B&NES Cycling Officer 1st March 2016 Cycle Crossing and Path Larkhall London Road

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