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 or 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.

Current and recent traffic and transport issues

Safer streets for Larkhall?

Larkhall is a marvellous place to live, work and play. It has excellent schools and shops, centres of popular culture and arts venues including the Rondo Theatre, a unique bookshop and a successful football club.

Unfortunately, for many residents their peace and quiet, air quality and children’s welfare is blighted by commuter traffic that streams through residential streets every morning and evening. To add insult to injury, some commuters use our streets as car parks, taking up residents’ spaces and obstructing pavements used by parents pushing prams and users of disability scooters and wheelchairs.

So what, you might ask? This goes on all over the country and other parts of Bath. Well there is now an opportunity to limit the worst of these traffic horrors. Partly inspired by successes in some Labour-controlled, London boroughs, our Conservative government has finally stumped up some cash for local traffic reduction schemes that are being backed by BANES’s Liberal Democrat council. (Green Party activists played their part in awareness raising too!) The basic idea is that local people should have priority to walk, cycle and, yes, drive and park in their streets; rather than drivers who ‘cut through’ to shave a few minutes off their daily commute.

Did you notice, during the first pandemic lockdown in March last year, how peaceful our streets became, as the traffic disappeared? Birdsong could be heard. Children walked more securely. The air was cleaner. Residents reported that their perennial coughs and asthma improved. By restricting most through outside traffic Larkhall could regain some of these benefits., 

Transition Larkhall wants to start the ball rolling on a Low Traffic Neighbourhood here. We would like to hear residents’ opinions on the pros and cons from their point of view. Ideally, as we know, many residents would like to deter commuting traffic, while preserving residents’ right to walk, drive and park in the locality; and also ensuring that there is adequate or better access to shops, schools and other local facilities for people who need to drive.

After its consultation last year on these Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, BANES Council is now inviting communities to participate. Neighbouring wards are developing proposals. We have an opportunity for Larkhall to link with other areas to propose plans to reduce commuter traffic coming through Larkhall,  but keep or improve our access to shops, schools and other local facilities.   So streets could be freed up and, perhaps more green spaces created for us and our children to enjoy.  

Transition Larkhall has campaigned for years on the problems caused locally by through traffic and commuters who use our streets for parking. We are now inviting you to express your ideas. 

All opinions are welcome and your views will be presented to the Council. If specific proposals emerge we will consult with you again about the kind of measures  proposed. If you would like to respond to the questionnaire below, please email transitionlarkhall@gmail.com and we will send you a copy to complete and return.

YOUR VIEWS

STATEMENT SCALE OF IMPORTANCE

1 = Disagree… 5 = Agree completely

 

  1. I am concerned about the noise or pollution impacts of through traffic on my street and/or Larkhall in general [1]   [2]   [3]   [4]  [5]
  1.    I/my children should be able to walk or cycle safely to local shops or schools [1]   [2]   [3]   [4]  [5]
  1.   Commuter parking in Larkhall should be discouraged or excluded  [1]   [2]   [3]   [4]  [5]
  1. Street in Larkhall on which you live or are concerned about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

AND FINALLY, What ideas do you have for reducing traffic going through but not to Larkhall? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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If you would like to be involved in this initiative; attending (online) meetings, delivering leaflets, getting more information on the campaign, please provide contact details using the form at the bottom of the page.

Earlier discussions

Around 60 people from the Bath area were so concerned about local travel and transport needs that they braved the worst snow and ice for years to attend an open meeting on in March 2018. ‘Thinking differently about travel in Bath’ was hosted by Transition Larkhall, with campaign groups from around the city and several BANES councillors contributing. 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,” Larkhall’s Councillor 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, now Councillor, Sarah Warren.

“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 then Councillor Richard Samuel.

The event showed that all travel around the city of Bath requires a collective rethink and behaviour change.

Transition Larkhall recently worked with Bath University to identify where the traffic flows through Larkhall were, when they were at their most busy, and why people were choosing to drive through Larkhall. This study provides useful data to help plan ways to improve children’s access to school, so that they don’t have to be driven through residential areas adding to the pollution problems.

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.