More info about new walking & cycling route

There’s more information forthcoming about the proposals for a linear riverside park connecting Bath’s green spaces with the city via a new walking and cycling route. You can get up to date by joining a webinar on Friday (May 21).

Bath & North East Somerset Council will be presenting the proposals for the western section of the Bath River Line project from Newbridge to Green Park, following public feedback gathered on the project website in March and April.

The proposals have been shaped by more than 400 comments received on the Bath River Line website which invited people to view the interactive map, share their opinions on the proposed route and submit their memories and photographs of the river.

The Bath River Line project aims to develop a landscape masterplan for the park, which will follow a 10km stretch of the River Avon from Batheaston to Newbridge.

The park will reveal lesser-known parts of the river, connect communities and create a high-quality route for walking and cycling, encouraging more people to explore the city in a sustainable way. Wildlife found along the river will be celebrated and protected by having their habitats improved.

The webinar is on Friday, May 21 at 5.30pm. The panel will consist of representatives from urban design practice Streets Reimagined, landscape architects Churchman Thornhill Finch and the council’s environment and design team.  You can register in advance here

Councillor Sarah Warren, Deputy Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Climate and Sustainable Travel, said: “Thank you to everyone who took the time to give us your comments and ideas on the interactive maps. We had a fantastic response with more than 400 comments and ideas. Our webinar will focus on how proposals have now developed for the western section of the park, before we explore the other sections in detail in the coming months. This is an exciting project for Bath that will encourage people to explore more of the area sustainably on foot or by bike, so do join the event and find out more.”

There will be an opportunity for people to ask questions at the webinar and to provide further feedback on the Bath River Line website. The feedback received will be used to further develop and refine the designs before the final scheme is presented in August.

In June 2019, the West of England Combined Authority invested £150,000 to progress the Bath River Line project. Following the presentation of the designs to the public in August, a full business case to secure further funding will be submitted to the Combined Authority by the council.

The webinar will be available to view afterwards on the council’s YouTube channel

The idea for Bath River Line came from the WaterSpace Project, a collaboration between Bath & North East Somerset Council, the Canal and Rivers Trust, the Environment Agency and Wessex Water.

Published in 2017, the WaterSpace Study identified a series of projects to revitalise the River Avon and Kennet & Avon Canal waterways for people and nature. The River of Avon Park eventually became the Bath River Line: a linear riverside park for Bath. For more information on the WaterSpace Project and to read the original study, please click here.

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