Widcombe Parade improvements

Update – June 2015

Works on Rossiter Road in Bath are nearing completion; on Friday June 5, west-bound A36 traffic will be switched onto Rossiter Road, restoring Widcombe Parade to a local high street.  On Sunday June 7, all work will be suspended and Widcombe Parade closed to traffic for the Widcombe Street Party.

Following the party, Bath & North East Somerset Council’s contractors ERH will return to finish the scheme – this will include:

  • Surfacing Claverton Street/Lyncombe Hill junction w/c June 8; this will require a single night closure for westbound A36 traffic, with signed diversions.
  • Completion of paving on Claverton Street up to Lyncombe Hill, with a new ramp with signal crossings, by mid-June.
  • A new puffin signal crossing at the east end of Widcombe Parade will be commissioned and switched on w/c June 8.

The pay and display car park will be re-opened by mid-June. 

Once this highways work is completed, landscaping and tree planting will be undertaken. Following scheme completion, there will be a ‘snagging’ process, where any construction faults are corrected.

New Deliveries Bay Added to Scheme

Prior to Christmas, traders requested the Council revise the design for the south side of Widcombe Parade to remove cycling facilities and include space for deliveries to shops without rear service areas.

A revised scheme that provides a dedicated delivery bay on the south side of the Parade, just east of the Ram PH has been agreed by traders representatives.    Facilities to allow cyclists to move in both directions through the Parade will be retained as part of the scheme

Details of the revised delivery bay can be viewed on the scheme website.

Get in Contact about the Works

Emma Worlock of ERH Construction is the main community contact for the contractor. Emma may be contacted if you have any queries regarding the works on 01454 334950. Email: widcombescheme@erh.co.uk

For enquiries to the Council emailwidcombescheme@bathnes.gov.uk. Please also check the Council’s Twitter feed @bathnes for regular updates as the project progresses.

Key Benefits

This scheme will transform Widcombe Parade into a more pleasant environment for shoppers, pedestrians and cyclists as it takes A36 through traffic, including HGVs, away from Widcombe Parade.

It will deliver significant improvements enabling the Parade to return to being a vibrant village high street. It retains 35 parking spaces and free short stay parking to encourage  increased turn-over. It delivers a 20 mph high street with better pavements, more crossings, new tree planting and street furniture.

Environmental improvements


New trees will be planted as part of the improvement scheme, increasing the number of trees in the immediate area and will include:

  • A landmark London Plane tree at the western gateway to Widcombe Parade.
  • Silver Birch trees in the central reservation of Rossiter Road.
  • Additional trees planted along the grass bank adjacent to the burial ground.

Download the diagram of where the new trees will be planted.

Widcombe Parade improvements

  • New seats and litter bins will be provided.
  • The post box will be repainted.
  • High quality conservation paving and kerbs will be laid through Widcombe Parade and Pulteney Road South.

Key Details

Widcombe Parade and Pulteney Road South

  • 20 mph speed limit and design to improve safety for shoppers, families and pedestrians.
  • Widcombe Parade; local traffic one-way eastbound.
  • Pulteney Road South; two-way local traffic.
  • Double mini-roundabout at the junction of Widcombe Parade, Widcombe Hill and Prior Park Road.
  • New pedestrian crossings.
  • Two-way cycling connections.
  • Improved bus stops:        
    • Bus stops now closer to the shops within Widcombe Parade and Pulteney Road South.
    • New station drop off and Wessex Water service bus stop in Claverton Street (west bound).
  • Retained on-street short stay shopper parking.
  • Business and surgery drop off bays.                                                                         
  • High-quality “conservation” paving:    
    • New paving slabs throughout Widcombe Parade and Pulteney Road South will reflect Bath's traditional pennant paving.
  • Improved built environment, including better pavements.
  • New tree planting scheme, including a gateway tree at the west end of Widcombe Parade.
  • New seating and bicycle parking.


Rossiter Road

  • A36 through traffic two-way flow.
  • 30 mph speed limit and design.
  • New traffic signals at the junction of Rossiter Road and Pulteney Road South and west end of Widcombe Parade.
  • Improved signal-controlled pedestrian and cycle facilities.
  • Right turn facility for small vehicles into Lyncombe Hill.
  • Station drop-off on Rossiter Road.
  • Access to Widcombe Parade Car Park and service area retained.

Further Information

Widcombe Parade improvements

The Council will provide further information on upcoming work and liaise regularly with local businesses and residents to help ensure inconvenience is minimised throughout the construction period.

Download the shop window scheme exhibition materials. 

Download the latest technical plan.

Temporary Road Closures:

Widcombe Hill, Prior Park Road and Widcombe Parade

To deliver the improvements swiftly and safely, phased temporary road closures will be required on short sections of road. Access for pedestrians and vehicles to frontages will be maintained within the closed sections and through traffic will be re-directed onto a signed diversion route. We apologise for the period of disruption this will cause.

Download the leaflet to find out more about 3 phases of road closure.


Permanent Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) 

Permanent Traffic Regulation Order Notices have been prepared for Widcombe Parade and Rossiter Road:

  • PEV10124/AC - Establishment and Alteration of Pedestrian Crossings - Rossiter Road Area, Bath
  • PEV10164/AC - Various roads, Rossiter Road area, Bath - 20 m.p.h. speed limit
  • PEV10123/AC - Various roads, Bath (Rossiter Road area) (One Way), (Prohibition of Entry), (Prohibition of Left and Right Turns),(Prohibition of use by Vehicles of over 7.5 Tonnes Maximum Gross Weight Variation)
  • PEV10125/AC - Various roads, Bath (Rossiter Road area), (Prohibition of Parking), (Authorised Parking Places)

You are able to read and comment on these notices. Objections and representations with respect to the proposals, together with the grounds on which they are made must be sent by 31st July 2014. Click on the link above to go to the TRO webpage.

Rossiter Road and Widcombe Parade Road Safety Audit - April 2014

A scheduled independent Road Safety Audit of the Rossiter Road and Widcombe Parade scheme was carried out in January. The Council has refined the scheme and produced a written response to the audit.

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