Bikes, bus-shelters and Brunel.

Great to see all the work coming to an end around the Guildhall where extended paving and a new crossing point has been installed to make life safer and more pleasant for pedestrians. There will be plenty of those with tourist numbers swelling as Bath prepares to welcome its annual high-seasonal flow of visitors.

New bike stands - already being used for advertising!
New bike stands – already being used for advertising!

Amusing to see a token cycle rack presence now installed outside the steps into the Guildhall. Room for four bikes and already one is locked in and acting as an advertising board for a local business.

Cannot blame them for jumping in on such an opportunity but it doesn’t exactly make room for ordinary cyclists.

So where are the permanent bus stops?
So where are the permanent bus stops?

There is still the issue of the temporary bus stops on the High Street and a recently installed lamp standard which is completely out of character with its surroundings.

I take it some of the new paving will be coming up again when permanent bust stops are installed. Are we getting shelters as well? Will they have electronically-operated times of bus arrivals?

Re-adjusting the kerb alongside the bus stops at the new Brunel Square in Dorchester Street.
Re-adjusting the kerb alongside the bus stops at the new Brunel Square in Dorchester Street.

I wonder if they will use shelters like those installed near Bath Spa Railway Station which have been blocked off for months.

I heard the kerb was the wrong height for buses to park alongside so edging stones are having to be re-laid. It was a matter of centimetres!

Bridge Street is now free of containers!
Bridge Street is now free of containers!

Nice to see the pile of containers has been removed from the side entrance to the Victoria Art Gallery – on the approach to Pulteney Bridge.

The grounds staff at the Holburne Museum have now laid new grass seed in their rear gardens where last winter’s light show – and the wet weather –  took its toll on the lawn. Massive ground spiking too!

Preparing the ground for re-seeding at the Holburne Museum.
Preparing the ground for re-seeding at the Holburne Museum.

I despair of Network Rail doing anything about the graffiti affecting the stone rail bridges over the Great Western line through Sydney Gardens.

The vandalism continues to grow. Brunel must be turning in his grave.

Vandals continue to attack the rail bridges in Sydney Gardens.
Vandals continue to attack the rail bridges in Sydney Gardens.

I notice people are also using the arches at the sides of the daubed bridges to sleep in. Shame on you Bath!