Queen Square works resume after Christmas

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Works to improve safety at a junction between Queen Square and Gay Street will resume after the festrivities.

The works have been scheduled to resume in the first week of January and are expected to take two weeks to complete, depending on weather. 

Signs have been in place at the junction notifying residents and motorists that works would resume in the new year.  

The junction, between Queen Square and Gay Street, will remain open during the works under temporary three-way traffic signals. No overnight works or closures are necessary, and all works will be carried out between 7am-7pm. 

Queen Square junction was temporarily opened in November in preparation for higher volumes of traffic coming into the city for Bath Christmas Market. 

This final stage of improvement works will see improved crossing facilities, a widened footway and the reinstatement of traditional pennant stone paving, replacing a temporary footway surface that was installed to allow the junction to reopen fully to pedestrians over the Christmas period. 

So far new traffic and low-level cycle signals have been installed, replacing older signals which had reached the end of their lifespan. The new signals use LEDs, making them more visible for pedestrians and motorists, use less energy and also include a pedestrian crossing countdown timer, which shows how much time is left to safely cross. The low-level cycle signals are separate from the vehicle signals and turn green before to allow cyclists to set off earlier and more safely. 

The new signals are a significant upgrade and are part of an ongoing effort by Bath & North East Somerset council to encourage more walking, wheeling and cycling in Bath’s city centre. 

Councillor Manda Rigby, cabinet member for Transport said: “We were pleased to have the new traffic signals operational in time for the Bath Christmas Market and the large number of visitors this brought to our city. Now we can finish the works and motorists, cyclists and pedestrians can benefit from a safer junction.”