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Bath Western Riverside

Convenor: Jeremy Douch

Debbie Aplin

Head of Urban Renewal, Crest Nicholson;

Sonny Masero

Principle Consultant, Energy for Sustainable Development, Limited

9 May 2006

Debbie Aplin introduced some other recent urban development projects that Crest Nicolson has been working on. These included: Portishead; Gloucester Docks; Bristol Harbourside; Attwood Green (Birmingham) and Ingress Park (Thames Estuary).

Overview of Planning Application

Mixing it up: Safety implications when different transport modes interact

Ian Walker

Department of Psychology, University of Bath

11 July 2006

Introduction

How transport can deliver a 60% reduction in CO² gases by 2030

Meeting chaired by Jeremy Douch

John Grimshaw

SUSTRANS

11 October 2005

John Grimshaw is the Chief Executive of SUSTRANS, the organisation promoting sustainable transport.

The Joint Local Transport Plan (2006-2011)

for Bristol City, South Gloucestershire, & North Somerset Councils

Meeting chaired by Jeremy Douch

Rab Smith

Bath & North East Somerset Council

8 November 2005

The Local Transport Plan (LTP) sets out Authorities’ policies, priorities and programmes for transport

First Round of LTPs - 5 year plans adopted in 2000 by each JLTP authority
Second Round - Provisional JLTP submitted July 2005 and the Final Plan to be submitted March 2006 for the period April 2006 to March 2011
Why a Joint Plan?

The Bath Spa Project

Councillor Nicole O’Flaherty

Bath & North East Somerset Council

13 December 2005

The talk covered the following areas:

Sustainable Communities or Government Panic?

Michael Wrigley

BRLSI Member

14 September 2004

The context for this talk was the Government’s Sustainable Communities Plan published in 2003. The Plan sets out for all of England an approach to urban growth and urban regeneration that will result in balanced and sustainable communities. This talk was focused on the South East where there is significant pressure for growth.

The Maintenance of Heritage Buildings

Meeting chaired by Mike Wrigley

Nigel Dann

Director, Maintain Our Heritage,
University of West of England
9 November 2004

Transport Infrastructure

Mark Thurstain-Goodwin

Geofutures, Bath

on 14 December 2004

Geofutures uses Geographical Information Systems processes to evaluate the effects of changes in the surrounding location on the value of land and property. They were employed by Transport for London to investigate these effects for the Jubilee Line Extension. The extension cost around £32bn to construct and TfL wanted to know whether the land and property values had increased sufficiently to justify the expenditure.

The Aesthetics of Bridge Design

Professor Tim Ibell

University of Bath

11 January 2005

Professor Ibell is Professor of Civil Engineering, & Director of the Centre of Structural & Architectural Engineering.

Professor Ibell started his talk with a short introduction on the history of bridges, bridge types and bridge failures but spoke mainly about the aesthetics of bridge design’

Relationship between Spatial Planning & Traffic

Professor Stephen Crow

University of Cardiff

8 February 2005

BRISTOL / BATH TO SOUTH COAST (BB2SC): THE MISSING LINK

Michael D'Alton, Project Director, WSP pic, on 8 June 2004

This project was required to advise the Department of Transport firstly on whether the A46 - A3 6 road system should be de-trunked, and secondly, on the management of North-South traffic between Junction 18 on the M4 and Junction 2 on the M27, (i.e. the A46 and A36) taking into account the effect this traffic has at present on the World Heritage City of Bath. It will be noted that this concentrated the investigation on Bath rather than Bristol. It did include rail traffic for which Bristol is important.

The Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment

Richard Fielden

Fielden, Clegg & Bradley

11 May 2004

Richard Fielden was a Commissioner from 2000-03 and is now Chair of the Education Enablers Panel. He is also a Special Advisor to the Urban Task Force.

The Commission (CABE) was formed in 1999 as the successor to the Royal Fine Arts Commission and is chaired by Sir Stuart Lipton. It has 15 Commissioners, some previously on the RFAC, and a wide family of panel members. CABE has defined its purpose and vision as:

WESTERN RIVERSIDE: Its Transport Needs

Chris Cavanagh, Head of Major Regeneration Projects, & Steve Howell, Head of Transportation, Access & Waste Management, B&NES, on 9 March 2004

There are a number of regional transport projects that impinge on this site:

AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT: Economic Necessity or Environmental Disaster

A Government White Paper 'The Future of Air Transport' was published in December 2003 and can be found on the dept. for Transport (DfT) web site: www.dft.gov.uk/aviation/whitepaper.

Air Travel has increased six-fold over the last 30 years and is predicted to increase another three-fold over the next thirty.. Table 1 shows the increase in the number of passengers from 1977 to 2000.

    

ENGINEERING IN THE LANDSCAPE: the role of environmental design

Nicholas Pearson, Nicholas Pearson Associates Ltd., Landscape Architects.
9 December 2003

Landscape architecture is involved in the planning and design of outdoor spaces to create the spatial (size, form and function) and aesthetic (appearance) elements of a new environment. Mr Pearson runs an environmental consultancy with its head office in Bath.

‘MIND THE GAPS!’ – ARCHITECTURE FOR TRANSPORT

Professor Brian Edwards, Edinburgh School of Art, Herriot-Watt University.

11 November 2003

Professor Edwards is also a practising architect designing buildings for all forms of public transport – rail, bus, air and sea – ‘stations’.

The speaker opened by saying he wanted to draw together sustainable development and transport architecture.

GREEN TRAVEL PLANS –are they working?

GREEN TRAVEL PLANS –are they working?

David Knight, Colin Buchanan & Partners.

14 October 2003

The speaker pointed out that the Government had dropped the use of ‘Green’ in the title of their scheme now. Travel Plans are a strategy to reduce car use and reliance on the car, and to promote sustainable modes of transport. They have now arrived on the management agenda of many major companies and are required before planning applications will be agreed for any new substantial development.

RECLAIMING THE HIGH STREET, BATH

Roger Houghton, Member.

9 September 2003

Nine months ago, Roger Houghton published a proposal for removing traffic from the High Street so that it could be used, as originally intended, for markets and gatherings. This talk developed his arguments for this change.

A RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM FOR BRISTOL

Bob Fowler, Project Manager for Bristol City Council Rapid Transit, on 13 May 2003

This paper described the long history of this project. It is an epic tale of survival through persistence.

Definition of required vehicle:

During a thorough examination of all the available options for a 'Rapid Transit' system in Bristol, the conventional tram was the winner at every stage of the process - A low floor railed vehicle on 4' 8.½" (1.435m.) steel tracks with 750v DC electrical power from overhead wire - taking Croydon and Sheffield as examples.

LONDON’S CHANGING UNDERGROUND:

AN INSIDER’S VIEW

Mr Harold Lewis, Author & Consultant, on 8 April 2003

Mr Lewis has been working with Transport for London on the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangements for financing the London Underground. He gave a brief account of the history of the system, described the PPP, and outlined the future developments.

AIR QUALITY AND TRANSPORT

Nicky Woodfield, Air Quality Management Resource Centre, University of West of England, on 11 March 2003

This Resource Centre is the only facility in England for research into the measurement and management of air quality; Nicky Woodfield is the Coordinator of the Centre.

HYBRID VEHICLES FOR CLEAN CITIES

Dr Colin Jefferson, Hybrid Transport Technology Ltd, on 11 February 2003

It is forecast that the total number of vehicles in the world will treble by 2050, so the need for improved vehicles, particularly in urban areas, is obvious. Dr Jefferson is mostly involved with public service road vehicles – buses and trams – that have a poor image as means of transport at present in many towns.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND TRANSPORT

Hugh Barton, University of West of England, Reader in Town Planning, Director of WHO Healthy Cities Research Centre, on 14 January 2003

The speaker has, with colleagues, written two books, ‘Sustainable Settlements’ and ‘Shaping Neighbourhoods’ as guides to ways of achieving sustainable development and re-thinking the concepts and philosophy behind the topics that are publicly debated. He considered four:

J.L.McADAM & THE BATH TURNPIKE TRUST

Dr Brenda Buchanan, on 8 October 2002

John Loudon McAdam improved the methods of road construction in use at the beginning of the 19th century and efficiently organised the work on behalf of numerous Turnpike Trusts.

The roads around Bath were made the responsibility of turnpike trusts from 1720, but the trustees were gentlemen who had no knowledge of road construction; they paid labourers to break stones and fill in potholes under the supervision of a `surveyor', in fact a foreman. The results were unsatisfactory.

THE KENNET & AVON CANAL: ORIGIN, DECLINE & RESTORATION

Michael Davis, Chairman, Kennet & Avon Canal Trust, on 9 July 2002

The Kennet & Avon Canal is a non-tidal connection between London and Bristol for boats. It allows barges to travel from the Thames at Reading to Bristol using the Kennet and Avon Rivers and the 76 miles of canal. The river sections were made navigable by providing locks and weirs in the 1720s; the canal section was started in 1794 and completed in 1810. It flourished for 40 years and was then bought by the Great Western Railway who allowed it to deteriorate.

A BATH BY-PASS: WHAT IS THE ALTERNATIVE?

Donald Lovell and John Earp, Members, on 11 June 2002

A demand for a by-pass to be built has arisen from the use of routes through Bath for traffic not visiting the City and the congestion resulting from the inability to change the road layout in an historic World Heritage Site. Donald Lovell has taken an interest in this problem as a resident for many years; John Earp is a Civil and Highways engineer who has been professionally involved in such projects worldwide.

CAR CLUBS: THE RIGHT WAY TO GO

Barry Maunder, Sustainable Transport Manager, envolve, on 14 May 2002

Ten people a day die in road accidents; the roads are becoming more congested; the air quality near them is poor; and fuel for vehicles is a limited resource and expensive - four good reasons for joining a car club.

Congestion Charging

Malcolm Murray-Clark, Assistant Director Street Management, Transport for London, on 10 April 2002

Before joining Transport for London, Malcolm was with Westminster Borough Council and the Greater London Council. His talk was concerned with the proposal to introduce congestion charging in central London but the discussion covered the general field and especially the situation in Bath.

HOME ZONES: RECONCILING PEOPLE, PLACES AND TRANSPORT

Ben Hamilton-Baillie, Director, Whitby Bird & Partners, on 12 March 2002

The speaker had toured Europe, especially Holland, Germany and Denmark, to survey their methods of reconciling pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles in towns.

There are two ways of viewing the space between houses - the public realm: it may be a Traffic Zone or a Social Zone.

Trams vs. Buses: Making The Right Decision

Malcolm Buchanan, Senior Director, Colin Buchanan and Partners, on 12 February 2002

Since the Transport Group started we have had seven meetings concerned with public transport1, but this was the first to provide a detailed, direct comparison of performance and cost between buses and trams. Mr Buchanan saw that the introduction of trams to Bath raises problems because of local circumstances - narrow, historic streets; city-centre residents; inadequate off-street parking for delivery vehicles, etc - but the general picture given showed

TABLE 1. Time taken to load passengers

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