The Council is investing £1 million to deliver a combination of improvement projects to the look, feel, and appearance of London Road. We have been working with residents and traders within the area to create the conditions needed to rejuvenate this major gateway into the city and encourage greater private sector investment, leading to new jobs and opportunities for local people.
What are our plans?
A Public Exhibition in 2013 showed the community the plans for the new layout proposed as part of the scheme. The scheme will include trees and greening streets, realignment of pavement edges and parking provision. A short section of road immediately following the London Road bus lane will be changed from two lanes to one lane.
The overall objective of the London Road Regeneration scheme was defined to identify and implement a series of projects. The mandate of the project is to arrest the environmental decline of a major gateway in Bath through initiatives to improve the street scene, encourage property regeneration, improve air quality and attract private sector investment. The outcome will be an improved environment that changes perceptions and facilitates confidence in the area as an area to invest, live and work. The consequential impact will be a positive entry point into Bath further enhancing the City’s' reputation as a world class visitor attraction.
Following the Exhibition, the Council met with four cycling groups – Sustrans, Bath Cycling Club, Bath Cycle Campaign and the cycle group of Transition Larkhall to understand their concerns over the scheme prepared by the Gateway Group before developing the highways design further, taking into consideration the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and other road users.
After evaluating and testing several options a final scheme has been agreed. This has included a safety assessment to ensure the developed scheme is safe for all users.
Project in Summary
The improvements included:
- Improvements to the existing cycling provision at approach to Cleveland Junction by removal of parking, other than off peak loading bays, and increasing the extent by 40m east.
- Removal of bollards within the current cycle way and replaced with full height kerbs to improve protection to cyclists and remove obstructions along the route
- Renewed cycling egress at the Cleveland Junction traffic lights
- Off peak loading bays included to serve the established business at Walcot Terrace
- On street parking increased from 17 to 18 spaces (8 at Snow Hill House, 4 outside Dominos, 5 in Bedford St and Weymouth St and one on the east bound carriageway in a parking bay).
- Contrasting surfacing on the westbound carriageway to ensure one way working
These design changes have enabled the retention of the public realm improvements between the Snow Hill and Morrison junctions as developed by the Gateway Community group.
Latest landscape drawings
ER Hemmings Communications (ERH) are the awarded main contractor, the works commenced on London Road Monday 15th September 2014.
The project comprises of realigning kerbs and footpaths, provision of new hard paving, minor amendments to street lighting and pedestrian traffic signals, reallocated and realigned cycle path provisions, new trees, planters and other street furniture with the overall aim of creating a gateway to the city and regenerating the local area.
The scheme will improve the quality of the environment for this part of London Road. ERH have many years’ experience working on improvement schemes in busy town and city centres and know that there is always an element of disruption, however, they will work to ensure that access is maintained to properties and keep disruption to a minimum.
ERH Communications are working closely with B&NES to keep local businesses and residents up to date with progress.
Who is the Council working with?
The project area is approximately from Kensington Place to the Cleveland Bridge junction, and is shown on this plan. With support from the Council, The scheme is being led by a local community group named the London Road Gateway group. This group was formed in April 2012 comprising of 13 members, made up from the community including local residents from the London road area and representatives from the local business community and Ward Members, Councilor Lisa Brett and Councilor Paul Fox.
For further information on the London Road Regeneration Project or the Gateway Group, please contact the Project Delivery Team on 01225 394041 or Email Major_projects@bathnes.gov.uk