Bath Voice News: temporary closure of North Parade Bridge for maintenance works

From the Council: North Parade Bridge in Bath city centre will be closed to vehicles and cyclists for an estimated six weeks, as essential repair works are carried out – pedestrians will still have access.  

Works are due to start the week commencing 20 May and are currently estimated to take six weeks, subject to findings from initial investigations. 

Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and diversion routes for vehicles and cyclists will be in place throughout the closure. Access to the nearby leisure centre, cricket club and local businesses will be unaffected throughout. 

Bath & North East Somerset Council contractor VolkerHighways will be carrying out waterproofing and masonry works, with investigations and repairs to the underside of the bridge.

The work will see the temporary installation of a pontoon in the River Avon which may restrict the movement of larger boats through this section of the river. 

Councillor Manda Rigby, Cabinet Member for Transport said: “Closing North Parade Bridge is necessary as we carry out essential maintenance works to this historic structure, which was built in 1836. The works are estimated to take six weeks, but as with any project on a historic asset, there is always the possibility that other defects may be discovered when we start uncovering the surface. 

“Please take the time to plan your journey if you cross the bridge regularly and follow the signed diversion route. We apologise for any disruption during these essential works.”

An email address – – has been set up for queries about the works and temporary closure.