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Residents’ views needed to improve transport along A4 from Bristol to Bath

Have your say until 10 September

Residents who live near or travel along the A4 are being asked to help shape transport improvements along the busy route. 

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) wants to hear about the problems people face on the road between Temple Meads and Bath – which is heavily congested and has some air quality issues.

They also want ideas on how to provide better bus, cycling and walking options to help people move around “more easily and sustainably”.

The survey is part of the Bristol to Bath Corridor project led by the WECA and delivered in partnership with Bristol City Council and Bath and North East Somerset.

At the moment the A4 has no off-road cycle path and people rely heavily on cars – so options being looked at are an end-to-end cycle route and a new Metrobus service connecting the city centres.

Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “This section of the A4 can get horribly congested. People who regularly travel along this road have strong views about air quality and being stuck in traffic jams.

“To reach our ambitious net zero target by 2030, we have to provide better transport options. Cars shouldn’t be the default between Bath and Bristol. There are no quick fixes to the challenges of the busy A4, but this consultation is an important start to finding real and sustainable solutions so I urge everyone take part.” 

Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, said: “The A4 corridor is already one of the city’s busiest routes, and it will be under even more pressure as the population of Bristol grows. We want people to share their views and experiences of the A4 to set out what improvements they would like to see to reduce congestion.

“We are working to deliver rapid bus and cycle routes as the foundation of our ambitious mass transit plans. By giving buses more priority, we can increase the use of public transport and build a case for government and private organisations to invest in the low carbon, reliable transport network Bristol deserves.”

For more information visit: www.travelwest.info/bristoltobath

The Bristol to Bath survey closes on 10 September 2021. To request a paper copy or alternate format call 0117 903 6449 or email bristoltobath@westofengland-ca.gov.uk