Barriers come off the London Road

A new tarmac strip has appeared beside part of the London Road into the city centre where workmen are busy installing new kerbs and paving on this ‘gateway’ into Bath.

It’s a temporary coating to provide a safe and less muddy walkway for pedestrians while the resurfacing work continues.

This earth surface has now got a temporary coating of tarmac
This earth surface has now got a temporary coating of tarmac
Exterio painting under way at the Gainsborough.
Exterior painting under way at the Gainsborough.
The lights are on in the hotel's new 5 star bedrooms!
The lights are on in the hotel’s new 5 star bedrooms!

It’s an operation that has been plagued with problems and one wonders whether it wouldn’t have been easier and cheaper to have gone for a proper tarmac surface in the first place!

In answer to those who have wondered why the whole pathway has been ripped up at once – rather than doing a piece at a time – l am told B&NES had told contractors that the London Road had to be clear of barriers by today (Friday) as the real Christmas rush gets underway.

Installing the kerb means the workmen can now get on with the job of laying new paving.

The work will be halted over the Christmas holidays and will not be finished until into the new year.

Elsewhere in the city l notice they’ve started painting exterior windows at the new 5 star Gainsborough Spa Hotel and there is also real evidence of hotel rooms being fitted out.

No opening date for 2015 has yet been given.