A CLEANER, SAFER BRIDGWATER

The Bridgwater Transport Forum, chaired by Councillor Glen Burrows, is exploring ways to make Bridgwater safer, cleaner and more welcoming. This is in response to concerns about the effects of air and noise pollution on our health and well-being. Cllr. Burrows said “ We want to create an environment that is safe and healthy for…

BUS BACK BETTER – opportunities for improved bus services in Somerset

The UK Government has just launched a new national bus strategy for England entitled Bus Back Better. The Government’s believes ‘buses are the easiest, cheapest and quickest way to improve transport”. This national Bus Strategy is backed by £3 billion of new funding and forms a key plank in the Government’s twin agenda of “Levelling…

LIVEABLE NEIGHBOURHOODS 

Bridgwater Transport Forum members have set up a working party, called “Liveable Neighbourhoods”,  to explore ways in which Bridgwater can be made safer, greener and more welcoming. In March 2019, Public Health England (PHE), published a review of evidence on how to improve air quality in the UK. Air pollution is our biggest environmental threat…

Eastover Temporary Traffic Flow Scheme Suspended

The recent arrangements to restrict traffic flow in Eastover, East Quay and Salmon parade were a temporary solution to a long-term problem which was recognised in the Eastover Supplementary Planning document, published in 2014:“A major barrier to pedestrian footfall in the town centre from Fore Street to Eastover is the East Quay / Town Bridge…

Engine Idling Contributes to Air Pollution

Bridgwater Transport Forum, working with Bridgwater Town Council, is launching a campaign to encourage drivers to switch off their engines when their vehicle is stationary. A 2019 report  linked 40,00 deaths each year to air pollution, and engine idling contributes to these deaths, by increasing exhaust fumes in the atmosphere, which contain carbon dioxide, nitrogen…

A SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT PLAN FOR BRIDGWATER

Cllr Glen Burrows (Eastover) is Bridgwater Town Council’s Portfolio Holder for Transport. This week she was re-elected to the role and has produced a Sustainable Transport Plan for Bridgwater working with other Councillors and the Bridgwater Transport Forum. Here is that report. VISION Many problems arise from decades of car-centric planning within our towns &…

Special Measures in Place as Town Centres Re-Open

Across the Country Town Centres are re-opening from Monday 15th June and Councils are getting together to put in place measures to reassure shoppers and traders and to enable social distancing. The key measure across Somerset is a reduction of pedestrian-car conflict with temporary pedestrianisation schemes in place to allow for wider pathways and structured…

Vehicle Use Reduction Improves Air Quality

It seems that every cloud does have a silver lining. The Covid-19 pandemic is a very dark cloud, and we must respect the pain and suffering it has brought to so many households. One thing that is being widely commented on, however, is the improvement in air quality, caused by the reduction in vehicle use…

Eastover Councillor Focusing on Transport Matters

Eastover Councillor Tony Heywood is the Chair of Bridgwater Town Council’s Transport Forum. Here are some of the issues they discussed at their recent meeting. The Station application plan had gone in again ref the footpath, he had heard that the 20 MPH campaign for Polden st was now formally on the list, but no…