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Bath City Centre Security improvement project works

Use this page to find out everything you need to know about our city centre security improvements:

  • When and where changes are taking place
  • How to access the secure zone, if you are exempt from the restrictions
  • How to plan your journey or find alternative parking

On 1 January 2022, vehicles were permanently restricted in some streets in central Bath, as part of the Bath City Centre Security scheme. This was to protect the city's most crowded spaces from the risk of vehicle-based terrorist attack.

Works to install permanent bollards began on 20 June 2022, and the first phase was completed in September 2022.

The next phase of works on York Street started on 3 January 2023, with the remaining streets being phased during 2023/24.

These are permanent anti-terrorism security measures that will protect the public and restrict vehicles in the secure zone.

How we will manage the work

There will be two phases to the installation of the new static and sliding bollards. We will only apply road restrictions when necessary, and pedestrians will have access to the roads at all times. 

Phase 1: Install ducting (Summer 2022)

WarningThe following construction timeline is estimated and subject to underground conditions and supply of materials. We have carried out investigative works, but cannot guarantee completion dates until our contractors are on site. We will keep this webpage updated.

Advance ducting works

Volker Highways will be carrying out the construction works. They will operate from Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm, with occasional Saturday working. Roads will only be closed when signage and marshals are in place.

Burton Street: 20 June to 1 July 2022 (complete)

Works were on footways only. There were controls such as temporary walkways, to keep people safe while construction went on. Access to businesses for traders and customers was unaffected. 

York Street/Terrace Walk: 4 July to 18 July 2022 (complete)

Works were on footways only. There were controls such as temporary walkways, to keep people safe while construction went on. Access to businesses for traders and customers was unaffected. 

One bus bay was suspended on Terrace Walk to provide a temporary compound for the contractor's welfare cabins and materials.

Lower Borough Walls, Hot Bath Street, St James Parade, Amery Lane, Wine Street: 18 July to 17 September 2022 (complete)

Works were on footways and in the road. There were controls such as temporary walkways, to keep people safe while construction went on. Access to businesses for traders and customers was unaffected. 

We suspended four disabled parking bays and one loading bay on Lower Borough Walls to provide a temporary compound for the contractor's welfare cabins and materials.

Due to confined working areas, there were also traffic restrictions in place between 10am and 6pm for about 3 weeks.

We installed a temporary footway surface along St James Parade. We will be returning next year to re-lay the footway and install additional bollards.

Phase 2: Prepare and install bollard: York Street (Winter 2022/23)

WarningDue to the unique nature of the city and highway construction, we expect some challenges. These include working above existing vaults and cellars, and working close to utility apparatus. We have carried out investigative work, but our construction timeline is an estimation and we cannot guarantee completion dates. We will keep this webpage updated.

Work to prepare and relocate utilities to allow the installation of the sliding bollard equipment started on 3 January 2023.

The works will be managed in two main phases:

  1. Pre-construction and utility works (January to February 2023)
  2. Installation of bollard equipment (March to May 2023)

Volker Highways will be carrying out the construction works. They will operate from Monday to Saturday, 7.30am to 5.30pm.

There will be some occasional night-time work. We will provide advance notice when night works are due to take place.

Works will mostly take place on York Street in the road and footway. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

York Street will be closed to vehicles 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. One bus bay will be suspended on Terrace Walk to provide a temporary compound for the contractor's welfare cabins and materials.

Future phases of security works (2023/24)

Works on the remaining streets (Cheap Street, Westgate Street, Upper Borough Walls, Hot Bath Street and Lower Borough Walls) will be phased during 2023/24. We will update this page when details are known.

Martyn's Law

The proposed Protect Duty legislation, which is now known as ‘Martyn’s Law’, aims to further improve the safety and security for people living, working and visiting the area. Martyn’s Law suggests that it's in the public interest for the government, local authorities and businesses to work together to ensure people are protected when visiting venues, retail areas, and other publicly accessible locations without introducing undue burden. We are preparing for this new legislation, which is expected to become law during 2023. Go to GOV.UK fur further details on Martyn’s Law

Access for Blue Badge holders

There should always be access for Blue Badge holders and others who are exempt from secure zone restrictions on Cheap Street, Westgate Street and Upper Borough Walls. Please be aware that the access may be through a different entry or exit point.

Apply for a one-off access permit

To apply for a one-off access permit, you need to check if you are eligible for special permission first.

Contact the City Centre Security Team

For more information, please contact the City Centre Security Team by emailing citycentresecurity@bathnes.gov.uk or call Council Connect on 01225 39 40 41, including out of hours.

Public discussion events

We held online webinars on 28 June and 11 August, with an opportunity to discuss the project. We will hold more events as future phases come forward. Please check here regularly for updates.