Traffic ban scheme for Dorchester Street in Bath
Proposals for cutting through traffic out of a busy Bath city centre street are due to be considered in the new year.
A report on possible ways to make Dorchester Street a traffic-free zone, apart from buses, taxis, bikes and motorcycles, will go before Bath and North East Somerset Council's cabinet on January 16.
The council has yet to say how the ban, which would also affect Manvers Street, would be policed, and taxi drivers have been told that cameras similar to those on Pulteney Bridge and Northgate Street could be used.
But the council, which has previously suggested that vehicles with direct business at the station and sorting office would still be allowed through, said final details were still being worked out.
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A spokesman said: "The council is currently looking at the arrangements for restricting traffic in Dorchester Street. A cabinet report detailing these options is anticipated for January."
The Lib Dem-run council believes that stopping general traffic using the area as a through route will help bus services run on time.
Meanwhile, the process of turning Bath's residential streets into 20mph zones is set to be rolled out to the London Road area.
B&NES has begun a £500,000 project to reduce speeds on smaller roads in the district, and has already implemented zones in Southdown.
Its next target area is the Walcot and Lansdown wards, and part of the Lambridge ward at Larkhall.
A consultation exercise will run until January 14 and leaflets are being distributed to every household in the proposed restriction area.
Lansdown Road and London Road will continue to be 30mph streets, and much of Camden is already covered by an existing 20mph limit. The council says there will be no new traffic calming in the areas.