Update on A36 Beckford Road cycling and pedestrian improvements

Photo of road ahead closed road sign

Works to improve walking, wheeling and cycling routes along the A36 Beckford Road in Bath are more than halfway to completion with new separated cycle lane, bus stop and continuous footways expected to open in early November.

Bath & North East Somerset Council is notifying residents of some night time road closures needed next week to finish the cycle lane between Bathwick Street and Warminster Road.

To minimise disruption the road marking works will be carried out between 7pm and 7am from October 24 to October 27 and will mean Beckford Road will close to all vehicles and all parked vehicles must be removed. The road closure will only be in place during the works and when signs are in position.

Traffic will follow a signed diversion route around Sydney Road and Sydney Place. Residents and businesses will still be able to access their properties and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. Traffic marshals will be available on site to assist those requiring access.

From November 9 to November 11 if weather permits, there will be further works at the junctions of Forester Road, Darlington Road and Beckford Gardens to complete surfacing of the new continuous footways.

Vehicles will not be able to access the streets for up to a maximum of three hours on the following days:

Wednesday, November 9 – Forester Rd
Thursday, November 10 – Darlington Rd
Friday, November 11 – Beckford Gardens
Pedestrian access will be maintained wherever possible and vehicles will be able to access Darlington Rd at the start and end of the school day. The council will write directly to residents who will be affected to explain the traffic arrangements closer to the time.

The new cycle lanes include what is known as a ‘bus stop boarder’, where cyclists pass a bus on the kerb side. At these bus stops, cycle lane users and people getting on or off a bus share the same area. Pedestrians have priority at these bus stops. People using the cycle lane must stop to allow bus passengers to get on or off the bus.

A video explaining how the bus stops work will be available later this month.

Councillor Sarah Warren, cabinet member for Climate and Sustainable Travel, said:

Councillor Sarah Warren profile photo

These works are another important step towards our wider active travel objectives, which aim to make it safer to walk, wheel and cycle around the city, reducing congestion and contributing to cleaner air. We apologise for any disruption caused during the works.

Councillor Sarah Warren Cabinet member for Climate and Sustainable Travel
For more information on the works