As the towns and cities across the UK gradually re-opened after the first lockdown in 2020, temporary measures to widen pavements, remove traffic from roads and improve cycling, were introduced in parts of B&NES using Emergency Traffic Regulation Orders (ETROs).

The majority of measures we have put in place across Bath & North East Somerset to help with social distancing on narrow pavements and busy streets will start to be removed from 19th July 2021 in line with the government’s recent announcement of step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown. 

Bath City

The temporary access restrictions in the city centre will remain in place for the time being for public safety and to give people confidence to return to some of the more popular but sometimes crowded parts of Bath. The Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders which cover these roads expire at the end of December 2021 with the exception of Kingmead Square which expires in February 2022.

The roads affected are Cheap Street, Westgate Street, Saw Close, Upper Borough Walls, York Street, Milsom Street and Kingsmead Square.

The council has proposals for permanent access restrictions in these roads which were in the process of being drawn up before the pandemic. In Kingsmead Square and Milsom Street we are intending to continue these restrictions as experiments and will launch consultations over the coming months to enable people to have their say over whether or not these should be made permanent. York Street, Cheap Street, Westgate Street and Upper Borough Walls are part of the city centre security proposals, where a first stage of consultation was undertaken earlier this year. Cabinet made a decision at its 20 July meeting to take forward the scheme with changes to a further stage of consultation on the Traffic Regulation Orders. For more information visit the city centre security project webpage here.

Full consideration is being made on the impact of these access restrictions on disabled people and those with walking difficulties. A number of temporary disabled bays have been provided in nearby roads which can be seen on this map.

The following roads are currently closed to motor vehicles between 10am and 6pm:

  • Cheap Street
  • Westgate Street
  • Saw Close
  • Upper Borough Walls
  • Milsom Street (except local buses)

These roads are closed to motor vehicles between 10am and 10pm: 

  • Kingsmead Square
  • York Street

Keynsham High Street

Keynsham High Street is currently undergoing work to improve the public realm. For more information please visit the project page.


Page last updated Thursday 12 August, 2021.

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