Conservatives secure funding for transport strategies

Conservative councillors in Bath and North East Somerset have secured funding to enable transport strategies to be developed for both the Somer Valley and the authority’s rural areas.

At the Council’s budget meeting on Tuesday, 17th February, Conservatives successfully tabled a proposal which earmarked funding to allow the Council to commission transport strategies to be produced for these areas.

Developing a long-term transport plan for the whole B&NES area has formed a key part of the Conservatives’ election platform in the forthcoming local elections, taking place this May.

The Council has already produced a transport strategy for Bath and has been consulting on a transport strategy for Keynsham. However, Conservatives have said that the Somer Valley, Chew Valley and rural areas should not be left behind.

Midsomer Norton Councillor Michael Evans (Cons, Midsomer Norton North), who tabled the proposal at the Council meeting, said:

“This funding will allow work to begin on producing transport strategies for both the Somer Valley and the rural areas, including the Chew Valley.

“Other parts of the authority already have a transport strategy either in place or under development, so it’s important our area is not left behind. There is a real need to improve transport and cut traffic congestion in our area, particularly with a growing population, and this has to be looked at strategically and include all modes of transport.

“We hope that the Council will work closely with local businesses and the Town and Parish Councils to develop a robust, long-term plan to improve our area’s transport system.”