Bristol & Bath Railway Path
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Diversion 18 to 22 February
Bristol City Council is reporting that the Bristol and Bath Railway Path will be closed between Gordon Road and Bruce Road / Johnsons Road from Monday 18 February to Friday 22 February 2019 to carry out some essential tree works.
The tree work is taking place in the area opposite the Chocolate Factory in Easton.
A diversion will be in place; the diversionary route is shown above and also available at www.bristol.gov.uk/railwaypathclosure - you can download the map from here.
The council’s tree team will be removing three willow trees and one poplar tree which, on recent inspection, need to be removed as they are unstable, in decline or have defects which are significantly weakening the trees. Seven other willow and poplar trees are being removed as their roots are starting to damage the path, making it unsafe for cyclists and pedestrians. Work will take place later in the year to repair the damage already affecting the path. Alongside this, five large willows are scheduled to be pollarded. This involves cutting off the top and branches of a tree to encourage new growth at the top. These will then be put on a regular pollarding cycling every four to six years, depending on regrowth.
Other minor works to remove parts of the tree canopies touching buildings will also take place.
Councillor Asher Craig Deputy Mayor with responsibility for parks, said: “We understand that the path is well used and we do not take the decision to close it lightly. However, we have to prioritise the safety of people using the path, and root damage to the path’s surface is starting to make it increasingly broken and uneven. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and assure people we will endeavour to get this work done as quickly as possible.”
Later in this year there will be a rolling closure of sections of the path to resurface it and repair where it has been damaged by tree roots. This is being left until late spring/early summer, as the new surface is easier to lay and less likely to crack in the warmer weather.
From our February 2019 edition
After a series of delays over many years, work has begun on the former ‘chocolate factory’ site alongside the Bristol & Bath Railway Path. The site in Greenbank is to be converted to housing. A section of the ‘green corridor’ alongside the Bristol & Bath Railway Path has been boarded up alongside the development site.
The blue hoardings have had a series of messages sprayed on them, including “Land Theft”. It is unknown how long the hoarding will be in place, or whether the developer will be required to restore trees and bushes to the area after their use.
We reported in our January edition that there was to be a series of closures of the Bristol & Bath Railway Path and diversions to accommodate major repair works. These works have been delayed. We will provide information on the proposed temporary closures through our social media accounts when this is available.