Removal of social distancing barriers in Bath & North East Somerset

The majority of measures to help with social distancing on narrow pavements and busy streets in Bath and North East Somerset are being removed this week in line with government guidance on the lifting of restrictions.

From today highways teams will be removing the red and white barriers which were installed to help with social distancing.

Highways will be returned to as they were before, and any parking spaces that were temporarily removed will be restored.

The temporary measures, to widen pavements, remove traffic from roads and improve cycling, were introduced using Emergency Traffic Regulation Orders (ETROs) were put in as a response to re-opening after the first lockdown last year. Highways teams will be out this week removing the majority of the barriers in line with the government’s lifting of restrictions.

Councillor Manda Rigby, cabinet member for Transport

The roads which will see the barriers removed this week are, Westgate Buildings, Dorchester Streert, Ambury, Somerset St., Moorland Road, Chapel Row, Monmouth Place, North Parade, Orange Grove, Terrace Walk, Broad Street, Walcot Street, Northampton Street, Camden Road, Weston High Street, Lansdown Lane and St Saviour’s Road, Larkhall.  

Temporary access restrictions in the city centre will remain in place for the time being to give people confidence to return to some of the more popular but sometimes crowded parts of Bath.

The roads affected are Cheap Street, Westgate Street, Saw Close, Upper Borough Walls, York Street, Milsom Street and Kingsmead Square. Keynsham High Street is currently closed for public realm improvement works.

In Kingsmead Square and Milsom Street the restrictions will continue as experimental traffic regulation orders and a consultation will be launched over the coming months to enable people to have their say over whether or not these should be made permanent.

Full consideration is being made on the impact of the  access restrictions on disabled people and those with walking difficulties. A number of temporary disabled bays have been provided in nearby roads which can be seen on this map.

Press release by Bath & North East Somerset Council.