Traffic to be monitored as Bath rail station undergoes modernisation
Published on: 30 Mar 2017
A raft of measures will be in place to help keep rail travellers moving during more than a fortnight of improvement works at Bath Spa station.
During the Easter holidays, from April 8 to 24, Network Rail will be widening the platforms in preparation for the arrival of longer Intercity Express trains later this year.
Weekday commuters will see reduced services, with just one platform open at a time, while a full rail replacement bus service will run on weekends and bank holidays.
To help the replacement buses keep to schedule, Bath and North East Somerset Council is introducing a number of measures, which will include monitoring traffic flow on the A4 at Saltford and asking Avon and Somerset police to enforce the box junctions at Hicks Gate roundabout, particularly during peak times.
Non-emergency roadworks have been embargoed along routes that will be used by the rail replacement service, including the A4, where there will also be strict parking and bus lane enforcement.
Signs warning drivers of potential disruption will be displayed during the project, while city centre traffic will also be monitored at several sites, including via a CCTV link to Bath Spa station. A temporary city-bound bus lane will also be installed on the A4 London Road between the A46 roundabout and its junction with Lambridge Street to the north of the city centre.
Councillor Anthony Clarke, Cabinet member for transport, said: “We are working closely with Network Rail and GWR to try to minimise disruption to travellers during the improvement works at Bath Spa station. The modernised station will open up extra capacity for more rail commuters coming to Bath Spa, which links in with the other development work going on in the city and the council's long term vision for Bath – with transport improvements and economic growth supporting plans for around 7,000 new homes and 11,000 new jobs by 2035.”
Meanwhile at Keynsham Station, work is continuing in the run-up to the Bath Spa modernisation scheme as Network Rail re-routes cables through the car park as part of a large signaling project taking place along the route from Bristol to Paddington. Work on the London-bound platform is expected to be completed by April 24.
Great Western Railway is providing updates on services at Bath Spa during the works online at www.gwr.com/travel-updates/planned-engineering/bath2017