James Freeman from First attended the University local Forum meeting last night. He talked about the change to the U1 route, and the introduction of the number 10 route.
In summary from Sept. 2nd, the U1 will run from Corn Street stopping on Rossiter Street near the footbridge to the railway station, and avoiding the town centre. This is to improve the efficiency of the service for the students, the main users of the service. He made the point that this is a commercial route, is not subsidised and as bus services are deregulated he can do this. First are also anticipating the clean air zone in the Bath City centre, so the change will reduce pollution in the centre of Bath, and First are upgrading its fleet to EURO 6 engines.
We can continue to use the U1 service but the only stop in Bath will be Corn Street. However First recognised that this leaves residents of Bathwick Hill who are less mobile with a long walk to the library, Post Office and top end of the town centre. In response to objections First will introduce the 10 service from the 16th September. This will go from the Uni into Bath via North Parade and the Abbey then return back up the Hill. It will run every 30 minutes from 9:00 to 17:30 on Monday to Friday. Return tickets will cost £2.50 return, and students can use the service with their bus passes, but will not get a reduced fare otherwise.
Currently all the residents associations, and FoBRA are objecting and campaigning for First to route some U1 buses on the old route, particularly at times when the 10 won’t be running. Also we are concerned at the lack of suitable bus shelters on the new route, but this is a matter for the Council.
James Freemen will be at Wera Hobhouse’s meeting at St. Mary’s Bathwick Church Hall, tomorrow night . If you want to comment or hear more about it please come along, click on link for details: Meeting 26:07:18
First have applied to the council to change the U1 bus service from September 2nd so it only stops at Corn Street in town and crosses Churchill Bridge, the next stop being in Widcombe close the the railway bridge for access to the railway station.
James Freeman at First says this change in service is to reduce pollution in Dorchester street, Manvers street and the centre of Bath.
We and the other affected Resident’s association have objected strongly, as have David Martin for the Lib Dems and Matt Cochrane our local councillor.
The Federation of Bath residents Associations is discussing this at their meeting tonight. We have made it clear that we strongly object to the change to FoBRA, Mr. Freeman at First and Matt Cochrane. A compromise which would have a limited number of U1’s going through Bath is being suggested. We understand that Widcombe Residents Association also object to the change of route.
There will be a meeting at St. Mary’s Bathwick Church Hall on 26th July from 7:00 to 9:30 pm to meet Wera Hobhouse, our MP, and Mr Freeman from First will be there.
Click on link for details : Meeting 26:07:18
Our Open Gardens will be on 16th June from 2:00 – 5:00pm, it will be on whatever the weather.
We will be collecting donations for DHI, our chosen local charity, at the tea which will be at Old Apple, Bathwick Hill ( close to White lodge up hill bus stop )
Numbers 19, 6 and 5 Bathwick Hill have very kindly volunteered to open their gardens. Access is from Madeira walk.
For more details & our news click on link BHRA newsletter May 18
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World Heritage Day celebrations in Bath
Roman soldiers will set up camp outside Bath’s Royal Crescent as part of this year’s World Heritage Day celebrations, which will take place on Sunday 22 April 2018, 11am-3pm in Royal Victoria Park. Visitors will be able to enjoy Roman military re-enactments by The Ermine Street Guard and explore their camp throughout the day. There will be special demonstrations of Roman weaponry and manoeuvres at 11.30am and 2pm.
Councillor Paul Myers (Conservative Midsomer Norton Redfield), Cabinet Member for Economic and Community Regeneration, said: “Having a Roman re-enactment in front of the Georgian Royal Crescent provides a perfect link between the two historical eras that put Bath on the UNESCO World Heritage list. This should be a fun day out for people of all ages, and a great opportunity to celebrate and discover more about our city’s amazing heritage.”
No.1 Royal Crescent will be offering free entry to Bath and North East Somerset residents with a Discovery Card on the day. Costumed characters will welcome visitors and there will be a chance to handle original Georgian objects. The Herschel Museum of Astronomy will have a stand at the event, where space enthusiasts of all ages will be able to view the sun through a solar telescope, take part in fun, space-themed activities, and even dress up as famous Georgian astronomers William and Caroline Herschel.
To appreciate one of Bath’s Georgian gems, visitors will be invited to explore the Assembly Rooms, which opened in 1771 to offer entertainment for fashionable visitors to the spa city. The rooms will be open free of charge from 10.30am to 5pm.
The Mayor of Bath’s Honorary Guides will be leading free walks around the Upper Town and shorter guided strolls along the Royal Crescent. A short walking trail designed by a Bath Spa University Heritage Management student will also be piloted during the day. Copies of the trail will be available from the World Heritage stand.
As well as celebrating Bath’s past, World Heritage Day will look to the future, with a chance to hear the latest news from major heritage projects in the city. Teams from the Archway Project, Bath Abbey Footprint and Cleveland Pools Trust will be at the event with displays about their plans.
Elsewhere in the city, Sydney Gardens will host a special Community Day (2-5pm) with activities and stalls and a chance to find out about plans for the park’s development.
Admission to the World Heritage Day event is free. For full details please visit www.bathworldheritage.org.uk/events.
The City of Bath was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. Bath is one of only two cities in Europe for which the entire urban area has World Heritage Status (the other is Venice).
The six reasons why Bath was designated as a World Heritage Site are: the Roman remains, the hot springs, the 18th-century architecture, the 18th-century town planning, the green setting of the city, and the social setting of the 18th-century spa resort.
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There will be a free 90 minute guided walk by the Mayor’s guides to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Thursday March 8th and Saturday March 24th starting at 14:30 .
Meet outside the entrance to the Roman Baths, Abbey Church Yard.