Use cash from Park and Ride to mend our roads!

Here’s a close-up of the surface of at least part of St Saviours Road running into Larkhall. It’s typical of a lot of streets in the Bath area subjected to pounding traffic and poor maintenance.

The surface of St Saviour’s Road into Larkhall, Bath.

My own road – at the other end of the village – is just as bad. The white ‘indicators’ – used to mark the potholes that need filling – were sprayed around the craters so long ago they have almost faded away.

The surface of our road – the white ‘indicators’ are fading away!

I spend a lot of time going around our World Heritage city on two wheels and there is no better way of ‘feeling’ the surface. Here’s part of Great Pulteney Street – rapidly in danger of losing its ‘celebrity’ road name status.

Pulteney Street is not looking so “Great” anymore – try riding along it on two wheels!

Road repairs cost money. So will someone please have the courage to say the East of Bath park and ride scheme is dead in the ground and spend the money on something useful.

By all means put in some mini ‘parks ‘ on the Box Road  – where farmers might be pleased to sell the odd parcel of land – and concentrate your energies on getting the link road between the A46 and A36.

It has been pointed out to me that the Batheaston Bypass came with a link road at the Bath end but – for whatever reason – only half that proposal was built.

Here’s an image from the fabulous Bath in Time collection and a link through to the original image.

The approved route for the A46 / A36 link road and Batheaston Bypass 1990  Only the Batheaston / Swainswick bypass was built, the A36 link road was not. 

Passed by the Highways Agency but never implemented and subsequently appealed, would this have solved the traffic problems in Bath today? 
As this intersection is on the land earmarked for the Eastern Park & Ride, it is unclear whether this scheme could ever be resurrected.


Someone told me B&NES have committed themselves to a Park and Ride East of Bath but l have to say there is no shame in a U-turn – the Government do it all the time!


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  1. With regards to road surfaces people with vaults under the road should be particularly careful to make sure that potholes are filled in promptly. The dynamic loading when a lorry crashes into a pothole is considerably more than the normal static loading. People living in Bathwick Street near the fire station should be especially vigilant as the vaults here have roofs that are rather flatly arched and thus not so good at taking loads.. Of course those lorries on the way to Southampton docks are never overloaded…

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