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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.

Initially, temporary measures were in place to enforce the restrictions, while there was a public enquiry. Following the outcome of this enquiry, works to install permanent bollards began on 20 June 2022. We expect it will take 9 months to complete the work.

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 three 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 (ongoing)

Works will be on footways and in the road. There will be controls such as temporary walkways, to keep people safe while construction is going on. Access to businesses for traders and customers will be unaffected. 

We will need to suspend 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 will also be traffic restrictions in place between 10am and 6pm for about 3 weeks. The roads will re-open between 6pm and 10am.

The following traffic restrictions will be in place:

  • Lower Borough Walls will be closed to all traffic at its junction with Hot Bath Street between 10am and 6pm from Monday 25 July to Tuesday 26 July. Vehicles will need to follow the access diversions in place via Hot Bath Street, Beau Street, Bilbury Lane, or find alternative parking outside the secure zone. The road will re-open each day between 6pm and 10am.
  • Hot Bath Street will be closed to all traffic at its junction with Beau Street between 10am and 6pm from Wednesday 27 July to Saturday 13 August. Vehicles will need to follow the diversions in place via Lower Borough Walls, Bilbury Lane, Beau Street or find alternative parking outside the secure zone. The road will re-open each day between 6pm and 10am.
  • From 16 August on St James Parade, the bus stop and all parking bays on the western side of the road will be temporarily suspended to ensure traffic can travel in both directions at this location.
  • Amery Lane and Wine Street will each be closed to all traffic at the junction with St James Parade for a few days, as and when the construction work requires. Vehicles will need to follow the diversions in place. Roads will only close when construction work is going on, and will re-open at the end of each day. 

Phase 2: Prepare and relocate utilities (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.

The first phase of utility relocation works will be starting shortly on Cheap Street and Hot Bath Street. We will need to close roads later in the summer and into the winter to complete these works.
Works will be on footways and in the road. There will be controls such as temporary walkways, to keep people safe while construction is going on. Access to businesses for traders and customers will be unaffected. We will confirm timings of closures nearer to the time, as soon as they are available.
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.

View a map of planned restrictions, diversions and alternative parking during this phase of the work

Read about planned restrictions, diversions and alternative parking during this phase of the work

Cheap Street

Cheap Street will be closed to all traffic at its junction with High Street, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. From 10am to 6pm, exempt vehicles only (including Blue Badge holders) will be allowed to enter, following the diversions in place, with entry to these streets via a temporary entrance on Westgate Buildings, and exit via Upper Borough Walls. The alternative access route will be via: High Street, Bridge Street, Grand Parade,  Pierrepont Street, Manvers Street, Dorchester Street, Broad Quay, Ambury, Corn Street, St James Parade, Westgate Buildings, Saw Close and Upper Borough Walls. For deliveries, you may choose to use alternative parking or loading bays nearby.

Hot Bath Street

Hot Bath Street will be closed to all traffic at its junction with Beau Street. Vehicles will need to follow the diversions in place via Lower Borough Walls, Stall Street and Bath Street, or find nearby alternative parking outside the secure zone. Only exempt vehicles will be allowed to enter between 10am and 6pm.

Phase 3: Install bollard equipment (Autumn/Winter 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.

Timing of works and locations will be communicated closer to the time.

Before we start the works we will be writing to residents, businesses and anyone else directly affected by the works. We will inform you of our construction plans and to arrange webinars to explain the plan, alternative access arrangements via temporary diversions and the use of traffic marshals.

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.

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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.