New restrictions for Bath Tour Buses

Press release by Bath and North East Somerset Council

The Government's Senior Traffic Commissioner announced today that restrictions will be imposed on the operation of tour buses in Bath, as requested by Bath & North East Somerset Council.

This follows a Public Inquiry held in Bath on 15 and 16 May 2006.

Having received all the written evidence and heard verbal representations at the Public Inquiry, the Traffic Commissioner decided that from 31 July 2006, all tour bus services in Bath are subject to the following restrictions:

1) 80 per cent of all tour buses must meet the EURO 3, low exhaust emission standard (rising to 100 per cent from 1 April 2008).

2) Loud speakers will be banned - only hand sets or headphones can be used.

3) No more than 10 tour buses will be in operation at only one time, excluding duplicate vehicles.

4) Only specified bus stops can be used by tour buses and waiting times at these stops will be restricted.

5) Only two routes can be used by tour buses; one route around the historic city centre, the other route via North Road and Prior Park.

Cllr Sir Elgar Jenkins, Executive Member for Transportation & Highways, said "This is really good news for Bath. This decision will be very well received by local residents and businesses and will reduce the environmental impact upon our historic buildings. I wish to thank everyone who supported us in making the case to the Traffic Commissioner, in particular the many residents that have assisted us over the last few years."

For information, please contact:

James Willcock, Public Transport Team Leader. Tel 01225 477604