The largest upgrade of the Bath & North Somerset Council’s Park & ride service in the past 25 years was called for today by Norman Baker, the Government Transport Minister, who took a close look at eight new state of the art low carbon emitting buses that will be run from Odd Down to Newbridge and Landsdown as part of a new council contract.
Every day about 50,000 cars are driving into Bath and the Government believes that this number will increase by about 15% over the next decade which will eventually mean almost 7,500 more cars every day. In order to help reduce the high amount of traffic congestion that this will cause, the Park & Ride Service is also being improved.
It is also expected that improving the Park & Ride service will also help to revitalize the local economy, create new jobs, and encourage greater investment in the area as a whole. Overall, an additional £30 million will be put into the public transportation services in Bath by the Government, Council, and First.
Cabinet Member for Transport and Councillor Roger Symonds stated that the city is about to see a revolution when it comes to their Park & Ride system and easily the most intensive upgrade since almost a generation ago. He added that the new eco-buses are just the first step.
Other improvements include a 50% increase in the amount of spaces for Park & Ride services, construction work at Newbridge, Odd Down, and Lansdown due to be completed within the next six months and a £2.5m bus fleet that will be funded by First completely outside of a £650,00 contribution from the Green Bus Fund provided by the Government.