Resurfacing work to shut railway path near Saltford for weeks

April 03 2015

The Bristol to Bath Railway Path will be shut for around four weeks between Saltford and Bitton Railway Station, South Gloucestershire Council has announced.

The Bristol to Bath Railway Path will be shut for around four weeks between Saltford and Bitton Railway Station, South Gloucestershire Council  has announced.

Resurfacing work is due to be carried out during the closure of the path, a route heavily used by people commuting between the two cities by bike.

While welcoming news of the planned improvements, the Bristol Cycling Campaign group has reacted with dismay at the timing. The council has also recently announced that bridge widening works on the path at Teewell Hill, in Staple Hill, were taking “longer than anticipated”, with the result that that section of the route will remain closed until late spring.

The campaigners have also raised concerns that there will be no official diversion route between Bitton and the Bath and North East Somerset boundary for path users during the resurfacing work.

In a notice posted on their website, the group said: “We will be writing to the council expressing our dismay at their repeated failure to recognise the importance of the railway path for cycling. We welcome the planned improvements, but it is inconceivable that work closing a major commuting road would have no arrangements for acceptable diversions.”

A South Gloucestershire Council spokesperson said: “We are closing a short length of the Bristol and Bath Railway Path between May 26 and June 19 so that we can carry out essential resurfacing and maintenance works.

“We need to close this section of the path for the duration of these works to ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. The path will be closed from the railway station at Bitton in a south-east direction to the Bath and North East Somerset boundary.

“The resurfacing work is required because the existing surface has been deteriorating over recent years. It is necessary to carry out this work during the warmer months of the year to ensure that the resurfacing is of a high standard, as the material used is not suitable for use in cold periods.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused to users of the path while these essential works are carried out.”