Following on from Bath BID’s business webinar, where businesses had a chance to discuss the road closures and pavement widening schemes, here are the details of upcoming road closures and temporary pavement widening, which will allow for social distancing as the city reopens.
From Monday 15th June Cheap Street, Westgate Street, Saw Close, Upper Borough Walls and York Street will be closed to all motor vehicles from 10am to 6pm daily and parking bays will be removed. The parking bays in these streets will be available to use outside of the 10am to 6pm access restriction.
A similar restriction will be introduced in Milsom Street between 10am and 6pm, although buses will still be allowed to pass through. Parking spaces in Milsom Street will be closed off apart from an additional loading bay which will be available for use from 6pm to 10am.
Exemptions to these closures will be limited to emergency services and emergency utility works as well as a very limited number of other operations. The restrictions will be removed between the hours of 6pm and 10am.
To help pedestrians to maintain a safe distance , pavements will be widened in Manvers Street, Monmouth Place, Monmouth Street, , North Parade, Queen Square, Somerset Street, Terrace Walk, Walcot Street and Westgate Buildings. The pavement widening work will begin on Monday 8th June and will be completed in time for the relaxing of government restrictions on Monday 15th June, which allows non-essential retail shops to reopen.
Bath BID CEO Allison Herbert said: “The public response to the consultation on daytime pedestrianisation has been very positive and we therefore feel confident that Bath businesses will enjoy the benefits of a safer and more inviting environment for their customers. We are working hard with businesses and trade waste contractors to make sure that the transition is as smooth as possible.”