Monksdale Road, Junction Road, Englishcombe Lane and Third Ave/King Edward Road are all due to have small sections of double yellow line added to prevent inconsiderate parking and improve visibility for road users.
These proposals are the result of Oldfield residents telling us that that double yellow lines were needed at these locations.
You can see the plans by clicking on the links below:
Faresaver will withdraw their Service 12 that operates between Haycombe Cemetery and Bath city centre on Mondays to Fridays; and terminate the contract they operate on behalf of the Council for the Saturday service on the route.
The Council has made emergency arrangements for Bugler Coaches to operate Service 12 on Mondays to Saturdays from 2 June 2011 until March 2012.
On Mondays to Saturdays, Service 12 will operate every 40 minutes from 0900 to 1500, with a break at lunchtime. On Saturdays, buses will run later until 1620. All buses will operate via Dartmouth Avenue in both directions (as currently happens on Saturdays and Sundays). On Sundays & Bank Holidays, Service 12 will continue to be operated by First and there will be no change to the timetable.
New timetable leaflets are being produced and they will be distributed in the week before the changes take place. Timetable information for all local bus services is available from Traveline at www.traveline.info or telephone 0871 200 2233 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network charges).
Sustrans have submitted a pair of planning applications for the replacement bridges that will span two roads in Oldfield Park – Millmead Road and Monksdale Road. Help the route: follow the link and provide a supportive comment – no need to write pages, but just a sentence describing why the bridges are a good idea for the route.
The current arrangements, for many, are no obstacle at all, so it can be difficult at first to see why the crossings actually need replacement bridges and new ramps. The access ramps were built at a time when far less was known about accessibility – they’re pretty steep. Something better’s needed because ramps, gates and road crossings can be a serious issue if you happen to have a pushchair/young children/pets – and may be a complete blocker if you happen to be in a wheelchair.
The new bridges will allow an easy crossing of the two roads. At the same time, replacement ramps on an easier gradient will allow far better access to the new Two Tunnels route – especially for people in wheelchairs. Lastly – and this is something that’s provided much of the funding – the two new bridges will provide safe routes for people to Oldfield Park’s schools.
One alternative would be to ease the gradient of the existing ramps – which would have meant a great deal more material removed from the embankments – and would have retained the road crossings, which may then have justified (expensive) signal controlled Toucan crossings.
The other alternative is to put in bridges. These will not be replacements of the narrow masonry arches of the originals. Instead, the proposal is to build out the existing embankment to close the gap to thirty metres, and this will then be bridged with a steel span of a specific type – a ‘Warren Truss’ – here’s more from ‘Wisegeek’ on Warren Truss bridges. A bridge of this type will be lighter than the original, but will be a good fit for the location – and they’re commonly used in connection with railway works. A bollard at either end of each bridge will prevent vehicle access.
So let’s build bridges
In the planning application, you’ll find details of the design – for instance, the bridge spans will be supported on concrete plinth foundations within the tips of the embankment at either end. It may even be that the cores of the earthworks for the new bridges will be made with some of the material from the Devonshire Tunnel cutting. (For one of the bridges this would mean that it will be brought back to the place from which it was removed). You’ll also see that the existing slope will first be stripped and ‘Stepped’ to key the new material into the old railway earthworks – this is a high quality and secure approach to building earthworks: sometimes neglected, but not in this case.
These two bridges will be an asset to the route, and the people who will use them for day to day travel. Please help them into being by supporting the planning applications.
The changes listed below have been notified to the Council as at 26 July 2010. Bus operators are required to give eight weeks notice of any changes to the routes or timetables of their services. However, under certain circumstances, the Traffic Commissioner may permit changes at short notice. Please note that operators of commercial bus services are free to change them without consultation.
The changes will take place from 5th September 2010
Kingsway – OldfieldPark – City Centre – BathUniversity
Timetable revised including changes to departure times. 1 extra journey provided between BathUniversity and Kingsway. Re-routed via North Parade and Pulteney Road instead of PulteneyBridge, Great Pulteney Street, Edward Street and Vane Street. Buses towards University of Bath will continue to stop in High Street (Cf).
Revised to operate between LowerOldfieldPark and University of Bath – see 418.Re-routed via North Parade and Pulteney Road instead of PulteneyBridge, Great Pulteney Street, Edward Street and Vane Street. Buses towards University of Bath will continue to stop in High Street (Cf).Frequency reduced.
New services replacing 418 and 419 between BathSpaUniversity and City Centre. SPA 1 runs via Newbridge Road, Upper Bristol Road and OldfieldPark to terminate. SPA 2 via Lower Bristol Road & City Centre. SPA services runs every 20 mins during university terms with a higher peak frequency. Half hourly in university holidays and evenings. Runs hourly on Saturdays and Sundays.
Bath MP Don Foster is backing Travel Watch South West’s call for improved rail services in the region. The group have written to Lord Adonis, Secretary of State for transport, welcoming 30 new carriages for the region but raising a number of other concerns, mainly linked to the lack of rolling stock in the South West. Don said,
The level of rolling stock in the South West is simply not adequate to cope with demand. Too many passengers are being left on train platforms at peak time, unable to get on their train. Network Rail reports have shown the need for extra carriages across the region, but the government is not acting. We want more and more people to use the rail network, rather than private transport, but when capacity is inadequate it is no wonder many prefer to use their car. I look forward to seeing Lord Adonis’s response to this issue.
We hope that local residents will be able to join in a planting project, orgainised by the local voluntary group, On-Board, as part of its participation in the RHS Britain in Bloom & It’s Your Neighbourhood Launch Events 2010.
The concept they have chosen to shape the event around is “mass greening/creating a river of green” across the UK so the idea is that the launch events would be centred around planting. They are hoping to catch the press attention particularly because this can be linked into the fact that 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity.
On 24th March the RHS will be organising a national press launch before the local events, to announce this is happening and start generating the media buzz. In partnership with a local group the RHS will stage a “greening event” which the press would be invited to attend.
June Player is entering the On-Board Community Project into this event and she now finalising their involvement before registering it with them, which has to be done as soon as possible. They have been informed that we will be planting on Saturday 27th March in the afternoon (which will last for approximately 2 hours) – actual time will be given this coming week. Can you let us know if you are able to come that day and at what time?
The Council’s Parks Department are kindly helping in this event and there will be 100 whips of a variety of trees and shrubs. There should be a good mix of students, other locals, and ‘On-Boarders’, etc to ‘dig in’!
Many thanks to those who came to the recent Linear Park Litter Pick which was most successful.
Partners and Communities Together (PACT) gives you a chance to meet the local Police team, your local councillors, Will and Shaun, and influence priorities in our neighbourhood.
It will be held at Moorlands Infants School, Moorfields Road, and start at 6.30pm. Please come along to discuss any issues of concern you may have in your community.
Current public priorities were established on 4th November 2010:
1. Problems with residents of the flats on Poplar Close and Monksdale Road;
2. Street Cleansing, state of the pavements;
3. Speeding on First, Second and Third Avenues, Oldfield Lane, and King Edward Road. Potential implementation of a One Way system?
If you are untable to attend, but want to voice your local priorities or issues, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org