As the towns and cities across the UK gradually re-open, temporary measures to widen pavements, remove traffic from roads and improve cycling, will be introduced in parts of Bath using Emergency Traffic Regulation Orders (ETROs).
The measures are in response to the government directive and place an emphasis on active travel, which is also at the core of the council’s long term vision to address the Climate Emergency and create a connected city fit for the future.
Plans have been made to temporarily widen pavements in Camden Road, St Saviours Road, Manvers Street, Monmouth Place, Monmouth Street, Moorland Road, North Parade, Queen Square, Somerset Street, Terrace Walk, Walcot Street, Westgate Buildings and Weston High Street. Temporary barriers will be placed along the roads to separate the pedestrian area from traffic, and tarmac ramps will be provided to ensure that people using pushchairs and wheelchairs will be able to get to and from the shops. In some locations, to create the space, the use of parking bays will be suspended.
The pavement widening work will begin on Monday 8 June and be completed in time for the relaxing of government restrictions on Monday 15 June which will enable some shops and businesses to reopen.
In addition to the pavement widening above, the council is also temporarily closing a number of streets within Bath City Centre where there is insufficient space to accommodate social distancing, while allowing people to queue outside shops and the safe passage of traffic.
Access restrictions will be put in place in Cheap Street, Westgate Street, Upper Borough Walls and York Street from Monday 15th June. The hours of operation will be between 10am and 6pm, this is the same as other pedestrianised areas already in place within the city centre.
Read our Questions & Answers about pavement widening and access.
Pedestrianisation of Kingsmead Square is also being progressed, a date for this will be announced shortly. All the intended locations for pavement widening and pedestrianisation are shown on our map.
Further measures that have been implemented to date include removing the need to push buttons at 22 signalised junctions and road safety posters highlighting to drivers that pedestrians may step out into the road as they maintain social distancing.
Residents can also help us by identifying locations across Bath and North East Somerset where we can create more space for walking and cycling using our new map-based online Liveable Neighbourhoods consultation tool. Over 1000 people have already signed up to use the site. The financial impact of the pandemic has been severe, so using our limited budgets and resources well is critical; your information will focus our efforts in the right places.
Users of the Living Neighbourhoods consultation site can register for news updates regarding introduction of measures as and when they occur. This page will also be updated during the Covid 19 crisis period to reflect any changes in Government guidance.
If you are unable to walk or cycle and must use public transport, the Government has published advice on measures that you can take to protect yourself and others. Public transport operators are also implementing various means to support social distancing while travelling, First Bus are publishing regular updates in their news room.
Page last updated Wednesday 3 June