Will Bristol’s Clean Air Plan increase congestion in Totterdown?

The Bristol Clean Air Plan outline business case is now published. Although there are some positive aspects to the plans, TRESA is concerned the proposed Clean Air Zone boundary may cause additional congestion on Wells Road through Totterdown, additional vehicles using Stanley Hill as a rat run, and additional vehicles parking in Totterdown to avoid entering the Clean Air Zone.

These concerns arise from the proposed boundary of the medium-sized zone, which indicates:

“Bath Road (A4) – the Caz C boundary has been retracted here to allow a more sensible alternative option to entering the zone and avoid entrapping drivers travelling westwards [on] the Bath Road. The boundary now excludes the Bath Road until the junction with Wells Road (Three Lamps Junction), this will allow drivers to turn onto the Wells Road instead of entering the zone.” (see Boundary report below)

The preferred Clean Air Plan option (see Environmental Assessment Report below) consists of the following:

  • A charging for non-compliant buses, taxis, HGVs and LGVs, within a medium sized zone
  • A 24 hour a day, seven days a week HGV weight restriction (3.5 tons) on some of the most polluted routes: Rupert Street, Baldwin Street, Park Row/Upper Maudlin Street and Lewins Mead
  • Bus and local traffic intervention in the most polluting areas; this includes a Park and Ride on the M32, an inbound bus lane on the M32 from Junction 2 to Cabot Circus car park, an inbound bus lane on Cumberland Road, and using existing traffic signals to control the amount of traffic entering congested areas with poor air quality
  • A scrappage scheme (up to £2,000) for private diesel cars. This would provide a grant towards a new vehicle or an alternative mode of transport. Vehicles belonging to residents in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire would be eligible, as long as their drive into work passes through the charging zone area or they live within charging zone
  • All diesel cars are banned from entering a specific central area from 7am to 3pm, seven days a week (does not apply to taxis, emergency vehicles or private hire vehicles).

Appendix Aiii – BCC CAZ OBC 12 BCC CAZ Clean Air Zone Boundary

UpdatesAppendix T – BCC CAZ OBC 21 – Environmental Assessment Report

There are numerous additional documents in the Cabinet papers  HERE