TARA is supportive of the Council's Public Realm and Movement Strategy and is in favour of careful management of how and when vehicles access the centre of Bath.
Pulteney Bridge and Pulteney Street are key heritage assets and they need protection against the impact of traffic both visual and physical. We also have long had concerns about pedestrian safety.
However, the closure of Pulteney Bridge would inevitably displace traffic to other areas and increase congestion and pollution in these areas. We were hoping for a meaningful consultation on this where BANES shared what their studies indicated about where the displaced traffic is likely to go and what plans they have for mitigating the impact on these areas.
Unfortunately such a discussion was not held and therefore there seems little value in the consultation process.
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