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Citroen dealership backs controversial transport plans

A Citroen dealership has backed a proposed new bus route, even though it will cut through part of their site.

Hartwells in Newbridge Road, Bath will lose some car storage space and have to move their bodyshop as part of a £53.8 million transport scheme, reports The Bath Chronicle.

The route will cross the city from East to West and create a dedicated new bus link on the line of an old railway track at Newbridge.

However Bath and North East Somerset Council has faced opposition over the controversial proposals which will affect other businesses.

Despite the affects on the business, Hartwells sales manager Jeremy Lodge supports the plans because he feels they city will benefit.

He said: " Unfortunately we are going to lose some space but it is in the name of progress. We are looking to be greener for the future and our children. I don't know why people would want to oppose it."

The scheme is due for completion in 2012.

Meanwhile Hartwells is taking on more people when other dealerships are struggling.

The firm has taken on 10 new staff, mainly mechanics, to work in the bodyshop on a variety of models.

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