Traffic diversion plan go-ahead after 30 years
A long-awaited traffic scheme designed to reduce congestion and pollution on the main route through Widcombe has been given the go-ahead.
People living in the area have reacted positively to the plans, which will see traffic diverted from Widcombe Parade and along a two-way Rossiter Road bypass.
Bath and North East Somerset Council's cabinet has approved a revised version of the proposal and has ordered that a steering group be set up to oversee the next stages of the development.
The move comes after more than 30 years of campaigning by residents and councillors and has been welcomed by those involved.
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Paddy Doyle, chairman of the Widcombe Association, said they were pleased that the dream was close to becoming a reality.
He said: "I am pleased that the council cabinet approved the Rossiter Road scheme, which means that after over 30 years of struggle and the efforts of many, Widcombe will get back her village street."
He also congratulated those who had worked so hard on the campaign over recent years, including Richard Wales, Mike and Pippa Wrigley, Professor Mike Barnes, Alan Langton, and the Transport for London commissioner Peter Hendy.
Councillor Ben Stevens (Lib Dem, Widcombe) said the council had spent a lot of time making sure the scheme was just right and now believed it was the best option for people living in the area and beyond.
He said: "The revisions mean we have ensured the retention of the mature trees, substituted mini-roundabouts for traffic lights at the White Hart and brought in a station drop-off point.
"This won't just make life better for the residents of Widcombe, but for the whole of Bath."
Councillor Ian Gilchrist (Lib Dem, Widcombe) added: "This scheme will take 80 per cent of traffic out of Widcombe Parade and will make a huge difference to the environment of Widcombe.
"It is hoped that the huge potential of Widcombe Parade can now be realised."