Cycle path to close for two days this month

July 01 2019
Cycle path to close for two days this month

PART of the Bristol and Bath Railway Path is set to be closed for up to two days so that contractors can fix problems with a newly-laid surface.

It will be the third time the section of the cycle and pedestrian path between Gordon Road and Bruce Road, near the old Elizabeth Shaw chocolate factory in Greenbank, has been closed this year.

On the first occasion trees whose roots were causing the surface of the path to buckle were cut back.

Then, in May, the roots were removed and the path, which is used by hundreds of cyclists and pedestrians every day, was resurfaced.

However the city council has admitted that the resurfacing work was substandard and as a result the path will have to be closed while it is done again.
This was originally due to have taken place in June but bad weather forced the postponement of the work until this month.

A council spokesman said: “Whilst the removal of the tree roots was a success, the quality of the surfacing was below the acceptable standard, and the contractor will now be carrying out work to correct this.

“The contractor is covering the cost of the work they are having to redo.

"We will be paying for the cost of the tarmac, which was always our intention once the work was completed to the right standard.”

The work is due to take place over two days during the week beginning July 8. The council has issued a map showing a diversion for cyclists.

The council's information page can be found here.