The drive to deliver an over-arching transport strategy for Bath has received a set-back after it emerged that a body of experts established to help create a transport vision for the city has not met since May this year.
The Bath Transport Commission was established by B&NES Council last year as a panel of independent experts to advise the council on creating an integrated transport strategy for Bath over the coming years. The commission consists of transport experts, business representatives and Bath residents groups, headed by Bath resident and Transport for London Commissioner Peter Hendy.
However Conservative councillors have uncovered that the Transport Commission has not met since the Liberal Democrats took over the running of the council with Labour’s support in May this year. Conservatives have criticised the fact the council has not called a meeting of the commission at a time when the authority is anticipating confirmation of Government funding for the Bath Transport Package. It had been expected that the independent commission would play a role in advising on the revised Transport Package and how the plans can integrate with wider transport improvements for the city.
The Conservative Shadow Cabinet Member for transport Cllr Tim Warren said:
“It’s very disappointing that the council has not brought together the Transport Commission since the local elections in May. It had been hoped that the independent nature of this Commission could help create a cross-party consensus on what needs to be done to improve transport infrastructure and tackle congestion in Bath.
“Now that the Liberal Democrats have drastically reduced the number of additional Park & Ride spaces as part of the Bath Transport Package, a new overarching vision for transport in the city is more important than ever. We should be taking advantage of the expertise on offer through the Transport Commission in developing a strategy for transport improvements in Bath, not leaving it on the side-lines. Now that confirmation of funding for the BTP is imminent it is essential that an urgent meeting of the Transport Commission is called.”