A363 at Bathford begins to reopen as drivers urged to be patient
Council chiefs have urged drivers to be patient as floods disrupt traffic around the Bath area.
Part of the main road between Bath and Bradford on Avon reopened this morning after being shut yesterday lunchtime due to flooding.
Council officials say the section of the A363 under Bathford Bridge is now passable with care, and is likely to be back to normal by the end of the morning.
Buses were still not using the route, though.
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Bath and North East Somerset Council’s highways crews were out all night and the authority says the vast majority of roads are now passable.
It urged drivers to take great care on their journeys and allow extra time to get to their destinations, especially during the rush hour.
“Heavy rains and strong winds continued throughout the night which has caused debris on the roads, and standing water. The rush hour passed without major incidents but there were some delays getting into Keynsham and Bath. Drivers are urged to take their time and be patient if they encounter queues.”
Driving is still difficult through the Chew Valley and drivers are being advised to find alternative routes if at all possible.
The council said river levels rose significantly during the night but for the most part rivers kept within their banks. Levels are expected to continue to remain high but stable through the day, it added.
The SouthGate centre car park was shut yesterday and it remains closed this morning.
The A431 at Swineford also remains shut this morning.
A pub that has just reopened after being totally refurbished has has to call in the fire brigade to pump out its cellars. The Trinity in James Street West is believed to be one of many in the area suffering from water coming up through the drains.
Manager Tycjan Waleski has managed to keep the pub operating and is hoping that the worse of the rain is over to allow the pub to continue to enjoy the increased trade the Christmas market has brought in.
Avon Fire and Rescue responded to 32 flood-related calls overnight and a meeting is due to be held in Bath today to discuss what action is needed to deal with the high water level of the River Avon.
Motorists are being advised not to drive through flood water and to generally take care when travelling today.