TfL signs new contract for FORS

TfL has signed a new contract with Sopra Steria to run the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), which works to make vehicle fleets across the UK safer and greener. Although predominately for freight operators, the scheme is also open to those who operate fleets of coaches and buses too.

The new contract will begin in January 2022 and will last for five years, with Sopra Steria taking over from the current administrators AECOM.

FORS, which was created by TfL in 2008, is an accreditation scheme recognising freight and fleet safety and environmental standards.

The voluntary scheme audits fleet operators and awards bronze, silver and gold accreditations by asking them to demonstrate exceptional levels of best practice in safety and efficiency.

Further information about FORS can be found here https://bit.ly/3AWGp9g

Coach Parking In Central Bath Closes

Coach Parking and Drop-Off

There are no facilities for coach parking in central Bath. 

The Riverside Coach Park closed on 2nd November 2020, which was required to facilitate the development of Bath Quays North, the Council’s flagship regeneration project, that will create a new business district providing much needed high-quality offices and new jobs.

A new coach park has already been provided at Odd Down Park & Ride, providing 29 spaces for coaches to layover once they have dropped off in the city centre.

Coach drop off/pick-up will be re-provided on-street at Pulteney Road and Royal Avenue. Three bays will be provided at each location and will operate between 8am and 7pm. Waiting time is limited to 20 minutes (no return within one hour), except for two bays on Pulteney Road, which will be limited to 90 minutes waiting (no return within three hours).

This will increase the existing provision at:

  • Terrace Walk – close to major attractions and the busiest drop-off/pick-up location, ten minutes maximum waiting, capacity for two large coaches
  • North Parade – opposite Terrace Walk, ten minutes maximum waiting, capacity for two large coaches
  • James St West

These locations have been selected as they are within walking distance of key visitor attractions and are already used during Bath Christmas Market and match days for Bath Rugby.

Once the passengers have disembarked from the coach the driver should follow the signs to Odd Down Coach Park where there is a large and secure site for coach parking.

Odd Down Coach Park

Odd Down Park and Ride, Bath, BA2 8PD

Opening Times

24 hours a day all year (except for the duration of Bath Christmas Market)

Charges

Day rate charge of £1 – covers any period up to 24 hours and runs from midnight to midnight

Facilities

  • Toilets (charges apply)
  • Water supply
  • Coach toilet waste disposal
  • Park and Ride buses available for drivers to travel to/from the city centre – standard charges apply

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Weston Island

Weston Island, Lower Bristol Road, Bath, BA2 9ES

Opening Times

9:30pm to 6pm

Charges

  • Two hours – £5
  • Four hours – £8
  • Six hours – £11
  • Eight hours – £14
  • Over eight hours – £16

Payment

  • Cashless Parking through MiPermit
  • Onsite payment by cash

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Washroom
  • Vending Machines
  • Free return bus to the city centre

Find Out More

Contact Information

Click here for more information.

Parking Services
PO Box 5197
Bath
BA1 0UF
01225 477133 or 477134
[email protected] 

New 20 mph speed limits on all TfL roads in central London

TfL have introduced reduced speed limits across 8.9km of London roads within the Congestion Charging Zone from Monday 2 March 2020. This is a significant move to reduce road danger across the capital. The new 20mph speed limits will be enforced across all TfL roads within the Congestion Charging Zone and are supported by new signage and road markings.

Raised pedestrian crossings are being installed in prominent locations where a high number of people walk, including near Embankment and Tower Hill Underground stations and outside the Tate Britain. TfL have recalibrated all the speed cameras in central London and will work closely with the Metropolitan Police to ensure that drivers are complying with the new safer speed limits.

The roads where the new 20 mph speed limit applies are:
• Albert Embankment
• Lambeth Palace Road, Lambeth Bridge
• Millbank
• Victoria Embankment
• Upper Thames Street, Lower Thames Street, Byward Street, Tower Hill
• Borough High Street, Great Dover Street
• Blackfriars Road
• Part of Druid Street (between Tower Bridge Road and Crucifix Lane), Crucifix Lane, part of
Bermondsey Street (between Crucifix Lane and Tooley Street)
• Part of Tooley Street (between Duke Street Hull and Tower Bridge Road), Duke Street Hill, Part
of Queen Elizabeth Street (between Tooley Street and Tower Bridge Road)
• Aldgate Gyratory, including Leman Street, Prescot Street, Mansell Street, Minories and
Goodman’s Yard, which is on the boundary of the CCZ rather than within it.

This should not have too much impact on coach drivers in London and with the large number of road junctions and traffic signals, which automatically slow down traffic, in practice it should not make much difference to overall journey times.

Speed is a factor in around 37% of collisions in London where a person dies or is seriously injured, which is why reducing the speed limit is key to the Mayor’s Vision Zero commitment to eliminate death and serious injury from London’s transport network by 2041.