Poll reveals Bath split over city centre traffic ban
Bath is split over plans to ban traffic from three key routes in the the city centre.
A This Is Bath poll has revealed that people in the city are divided over a wide-ranging shake-up which could see through traffic barred from Dorchester Street, Manvers Street and Pierrepont Street.
Our poll is still running but so far 51 per cent of voters back the ban and 49 per cent are against the move.
Council chiefs have revived a version of an idea which they shelved in 2010 to make bus services more reliable.
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Bath and North East Somerset Council wants to test the idea of banning through traffic from the streets around the bus and railway stations, which it says will also make it easier for people to get to and from the SouthGate centre.
The plan has sparked a huge debate in the city, with the council's cabinet member for transport, Roger Symonds, claiming the move was needed to reduce traffic in the city.
He has been backed by tour bus boss Martin Curtis who said his buses could grind to a halt for 15 minutes in the summer months but other businesses in the the city fear it could cause "chaos".
Real Italian Pizza Company owner Tim Coffey warned of gridlock if the move became permanent.
Our story on This Is Bath has also attracted nearly 100 comments from both sides of the debate.
chestnut01 said: ""This is going to be an absolute disaster for Bath. It will massively increase congestion all around the city and will be another major nail in the coffin of city businesses and tourism."
Big_Matt_H said: "“This is a good step forward for Bath and should be welcomed. Congestion and pollution in Bath is ridiculous and something needs to be done."