Temporary towpath diversion in Bath

published on 27th April 2021 BANES, News, Route closures
Map showing route diversion of closure of Bath towpath

Residents and visitors to Bath are being advised by Bath & North East Somerset Council of a diversion on the Bristol to Bath towpath beginning on April 27 to allow major gas works at Bath Western Riverside.

A 150m stretch of the towpath between Windsor Bridge and the Destructor Bridge will be closed until mid-December 2021.

The works to reroute gas mains under Windsor Bridge and the towpath will be carried out by Wales & West Utilities to enable the progress of the city’s regeneration project.

The final section of the temporary towpath diversion at Bath Western Riverside for major gas works will follow a new route from 24 September.

A purpose-built pedestrian and cycle route including a dedicated temporary cycle ramp will be installed to minimise disruption to towpath users.

Signage will initially divert pedestrians and cyclists along Midland Rd to re-join the public highway at the Windsor Bridge/Upper Bristol Road crossing, ahead of the path and ramp being built which will allow users to re-join the highway at the same crossing.

Following planning consent being granted, the WW2 memorial plaque on Windsor Bridge has been removed and placed in safe storage. It will be reinstated on the external facing of the newly constructed gas governor compound at the southern end of Windsor Bridge Rd upon completion of the works.