Bath and Bristol

Bringing Light Rail to Bath and Bristol

Bath and Bristol Area Trams Association (BABTA) started campaigning  about 7 years ago,  initially for trams in Bath. A report commissioned which that showed that at least 2 routes were likely to be viable with low-cost tram tracks.  

However, it was quickly realised that the key to getting anything in Bath was to promote a route a route from the far side of Bath through the city,  connecting via Saltford and Keynsham and other outlying settlements  to the centre of Bristol.

Early on we gained the attention of the Conservative run Bath Council, who commissioned a study by Atkins which showed there were no showstoppers for four routes within Bath.

The Association has organised four or five weekend day long conferences and engaged with the local West of England Combined Authority Mayor, having held several meetings with him online.

However, they are somewhat disappointed in the lack of engagement. Nevertheless, trams are now on the agenda and there is a consultant looking at routes for rapid transit from Bath to Bristol.

The Bath and Bristol Trams website has a unique set of information about trams,  essentially explaining why they are much better than buses, with each point fully referenced by experts. Whilst it is cantered around Bath and Bristol all the points made are valid for any campaigning group, who are welcome them to peruse it.

The best way to do this is to ask Google a question such as “why trams are more attractive than buses” and adding “Bath trams” etc. or “ This will force Google to search and highlight the BABTA website.

Links have also been established with Bristol campaigning groups, who have produced a route from Bath to Bristol. This is largely off-road and can be built without causing serious traffic congestion, so negating one objection to having such a tram line. 

The map shows this.

BABTA engages in campaigning via the local NextDoor app which is a very good way of reaching local people and recommending this to others.  Every time there is a positive tram news item it is put onto  NextDoor. BABTA makes a point of emphasizing the concept of Green Wave Traffic Light Pre-emption to explain to the non-experts how a tram can proceed rapidly even though the road may have been congested.

We also correct misconceptions about whether trams can ascend all the hills in Bath.

Further information can be found at:

The potential introductionof trams to Bath a report by Atkins in 2018
Green Light Traffic Light Pre-emption