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'Temporary' red and white barrier greets visitors to Bath and has outstayed its welcome

Reported in the Roads/highways category anonymously at 11:10, Fri 14 June 2013

Sent to Bath and North East Somerset Council 4 minutes later

This huge (the photo shows only about half of it!) red and white barrier has lined a large part of Dorchester St for at least a year.. It's one of the first things the visitor arriving in Bath by train or bus sees. It's not clear what it is meant to protect - the bus stop behind it appears to be complete. Could it be removed, or if there is some minor piece of work still needing to be done after all this time, could that be completed and then the barrier be removed? Bath University tried to set a record for time taken to construct a bus stop a few years ago, and the mess in Dorchester St appears to be an attempt to break that record.

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  • I'm told it's there for 'safety' until a new pedestrian crossing is built round here. This raises the following questions: a) In what way would it be unsafe if the barrier were removed? It's far longer than the width of a crossing and the pavement behind it is finished and usable. b) Why has the barrier been there for months on end with no work on the crossing? c) Just what use is this crossing going to be? I'm all for pedestrian safety, but there is a crossing nearby on either side. The one on the corner outside the station is worse than useless as it is frequently ignored by bus drivers and motorists. d) Why is a crossing being set up here, when one was promised on Lansdown Rd (a pedestrian accident blackspot) 10 years ago and has never been built for lack of money?

    Posted anonymously at 09:43, Fri 21 June 2013

  • Not only are these barriers ugly, they are also completely pointless. I quite often cross the road here without using the crossing (I am perfectly happy to accept responsibility for my own safety and have my own eyes to see when traffic is coming), but these barriers are a pain to climb over.

    Posted anonymously at 14:22, Mon 1 July 2013

  • I've had this:

    "The red and white barriers remain in place, as a result of the developers’ health and safety concerns, bearing in mind that the road is still without the prescribed crossing point to St Lawrence St (within the Southgate development). Furthermore, the road surface has a number of defects following resurfacing works by the developer in October 2012, which require remedial work to bring it up to the required standard. Control of the highway remains with the developer until such time that the works are completed and only after satisfactory completion can we consider adoption. We are currently working with the developer to identify a programme to complete all outstanding works on Dorchester St in the very near future."

    It remains unclear why no work has been done on Dorchester St for months and the barrier remains on this busy corner which is the first thing those arriving by train see of our city. There are rumours of a dispute between the Council and the contractors about who will pay for remedial work, which is delaying its removal.

    Posted anonymously at 13:26, Tue 2 July 2013

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 11:40, Fri 12 July 2013

  • Still there. I have heard from more than one source that BANES council is in dispute with the contractor about who should pay for necessary repairs in the area (shades of what happened with the Spa!) and until this is resolved the barrier has to stay in place.

    Posted anonymously at 11:40, Fri 12 July 2013

  • The repair work to road and bus stop is happening late July/early August and I would expect the barrier to disappear afterwards.

    Posted anonymously at 10:11, Wed 17 July 2013

  • This road has just been resurfaced, so hopefully some progress.

    Posted anonymously at 18:42, Sun 28 July 2013

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 15:18, Fri 16 August 2013

  • Getting there - the barriers have gone from outside the station, but are now just down the road at the new pedestrian crossing.

    Posted anonymously at 15:18, Fri 16 August 2013

  • Questionnaire filled in by problem reporter

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted anonymously at 15:30, Fri 13 September 2013

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