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Contact details:

Further questions:
Sarah Haigh
University Estates Officer,
ext 3259

Further information on buses:
buses@wiltshire.gov.uk

Weekly update on the works:
InterRoute
01454 452200

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A36 roadworks

Internal News - 12 February 2008

Updated information on A36 closure from 31 March

The information on this webpage has been updated. Please go to http://www.bath.ac.uk/news/2008/2/28/a36-3.html for the latest page. (See related links)

Staff from InterRoute, the company who is carrying out the A36 roadworks on behalf of the Highways Agency, attended a meeting on campus today with representatives from the University.

The latest details about the scheme can be found below.

Two sets of roadworks are to be carried out from 31 March 2008 (date to be confirmed).

The first will close the road junction from Winsley to Brassknocker Hill for three weeks. The second will close the viaduct section of the A36 for 12 weeks.

Winsley/Brassknocker - 10 weeks from 31 March

From 31 March to 20 April, the junction of Winsley Road-A36-Brassknocker Hill will be closed to everyone except pedestrians.

During this period, motorists who usually use the junction to access the University are advised to continue along the A363 through Bathford and use the Bathampton Toll Bridge - 50p per crossing or £16 for a monthly pass that runs from the first day of the month. (Please see important note below about Bathampton gatehouse regarding routes from the toll bridge to the University campus.)

After the initial complete closure period, there will be a further seven week period when access at the junction will be restricted to light vehicles in a single lane. The route will be very narrow, camper vans may struggle to get through.

For approximately three weeks from 20 April, the junction will be closed completely at night. Proposed hours of opening are 7am-7pm (to be confirmed).

For the last four weeks, the single lane will be operational 24 hours a day.

Note for pedestrians and cyslists: throughout the ten weeks, the junction will be open to pedestrians and cyclists, who will be asked to dismount.

Note for bus users: The no 264 & 265 First buses (Bradford to Bath) will be rerouted via Sally in the Woods and Batheaston but Wiltshire County Council will be providing shuttlebuses from Winsley and Limpley Stoke Railway Bridge. Temporary bus stops (and additional lighting) will be installed at the bottom of Brassknocker on the A36 and on the Winsley Road, so pedestrians may walk through and catch shuttles at either side of the roadworks.

Buses

Bus services 264 & 265 (Westbury-Trowbridge-Bradford on Avon to Bath) will be re-routed between Bradford and Bath via Sally in the Woods and Batheaston.

For passengers travelling to/from, Limpley Stoke or Winsley, they will need to catch a special shuttle bus, one of which will be operating from Bradford (Christchurch) as far as Limpley Stoke traffic lights, and the other from Limpley Stoke traffic lights into Bath.

Passengers will need to walk over the canal bridge to connect between the two to complete their journey. The shuttles connect with the main 264/5s at either end.

Please note: This will not affect through passengers travelling between Bath, Bradford, Trowbridge and Westbury.

It is hoped that this arrangement will only be needed for some three weeks, but depending on the works, it may have to be extended for a period of up to 12 weeks.

The main 264/265 timings will not be changing, and details of the shuttles will be published in the near future.

Bus service 94 (Wingfield, Westwood, Freshford, Limpley Stoke, Monkton Combe to University and Bath) will travel from Limpley Stoke direct to Bath via Hinton Charterhouse, Midford and the Bear Flats, ie NOT serving Monkton Combe or the University.(Monkton Combe will be served by one of the shuttles). If the road works allow, after the planned three weeks, 94 will revert to normal working.

Further information on buses in the area can be obtained by emailing buses@wiltshire.gov.uk who will be producing leaflets to explain the services. Details will also be available from Traveline on 0871 200 22 33.

A36 at the viaduct - 12 weeks from 31 March

This section of road will be completely closed for a period of 12 weeks from 31 March. Midford Lane, Woods Hill and Tucking Mill Lane will also be completely closed.

Alternative routes for vehicles are suggested below from the towns south of Bath where staff and students may be affected:

Trowbridge - Come via Bradford on Avon and the toll bridge (or Winsley if that junction is open). If you usually join the A36 from A366 through Farleigh Hungerford, you will have to turn left at Brown Shutters junction, (see details below about the gatehouse on A36 slightly north of Brown Shutters), and immediately right towards Norton St Philip. Proceed along B3110 through Hinton Charterhouse, along Midford Road. Turn right at the roundabout along Bradford Road (A3062) and proceed to campus.

Warminster & Frome - Take A362 to Frome, then A367 to Bath via Radstock and Peasedown, (See details below about gatehouse on A36 at Beckington Bypass). Turn right along Bradford Road (A3062) and proceed to campus.

Freshford - Turn left on to A36, then right up Branch Road towards Hinton Charterhouse. Turn right at the junction with B3110 through Hinton Charterhouse along Midford Road. Turn right at the roundabout along Bradford Road (A3062) and proceed to campus. Please note that we have been warned that if the route via Freshford is over-used, Branch Road will be closed completely. This is to avoid "rat running" from Upper Westwood and south Bradford.

Gatehouses

There will be three gatehouses in operation on A36 throughout the 12 week period:

1 Near Bathampton junction, opposite Hantone Hill.
University commuters who come over the toll bridge, up Down Lane and want to turn left along the A36 then Claverton Road (past the American Museum) to access campus will be allowed through the gatehouse. (See note on Windscreen Permits below.) However to avoid queues, you may prefer to turn right along the A36 and use North Road.

2 North of Beckington Bypass
The main carriageway will be closed and a gatehouse in the lay-by will regulate traffic. Heavy vehicles will be directed to Bath along the A350 and A4. University traffic will be able to use the A36 to access B3110 at Woolverton.

3 Brown Shutters - A36/A366 to Trowbridge via Farleigh Hungerford and Wingfield.
This gatehouse, situated on the A36 slightly north of the junction, will restrict all but essential traffic to avoid rat-runs on unsuitable roads. University staff and students are advised to use the Norton St Philip road instead.

Windscreen permits

The Highways Agency will be issuing windscreen permits to local residents. However, permits will not be available to University staff and students who live outside the immediate area.

Motorists will, therefore, be required to tell the staff at the gatehouse of their destination. However, we have asked InterRoute to brief their gatehouse staff about University of Bath parking permits which will already be displayed on windscreens. We hope that once the gatehouse staff are familiar with the permits, this will speed up the process.

Why are the roadworks necessary?

Please see the details in the Related Links section.

Presentation on campus

InterRoute have agreed to come to campus in the near future to give a presentation of the scheme to anyone from the University who would like to attend. The date of the presentation will be announced on the University homepage.

Diversions

InterRoute will be installing extensive signage in order to divert as much traffic (in particular heavy goods vehicles) away from the area. This should mean that only essential cars are using the local roads. The closure of the Winsley/Brassknocker junction has been timed to coincide with two weeks of school holidays. However, queues may form at bottle necks and you are advised to allow longer for journeys.

Queries/problems

If you have further questions, please contact Sarah Haigh University Estates Officer, ext 3259

Email newsletter

Once the roadwork schemes get underway, a weekly newsletter will be sent out giving details of progress. If you would like to be added to the distribution list, please email: communications.mailbox@area2.interroutejv.co.uk or call 01454 452200.

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Notes

All road closures and gate-house restrictions apply to all 'motor vehicles' - this includes scooters, motorcycles and mopeds as well as cars.