Council to reopen flood-hit road in Bath
Water in a culvert blamed for flooding on a busy Bath road has been diverted by council workers.
A stretch of Weston Road alongside Royal Victoria Park was closed last night to allow work to tackle long-standing flooding problems.
Heavy rain has made the stretch barely passable, as water fails to drain away properly.
There have been problems over the last week and at one point, police became involved.
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Yesterday, temporary traffic lights were installed and Bath and North East Somerset Council staff were at the scene monitoring the situation, while the road has been closed for much of today.
The council said it would reopen the road in time for tonight’s rush hour after a temporary diversion of the culvert.
Local councillors say lack of adequate drainage on the road is causing a danger to pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.
The council said that it had identified a problem with the culvert - an underground tunnel carrying water - beneath Weston Road, which takes surface and spring water from sources in the north of the city.
It said the problem with the culvert had a knock-on effect on gullies in Weston Road, which connect to it, causing them to flood.
B&NES organised for specialist pumping and clearing equipment to be brought in to clear the flood and reduce the flow in the culvert.
It said this would allow it to undertake a CCTV survey to determine the cause.
This afternoon it said: “Works to resolve the flooding in Weston Road have progressed to a stage where we have removed the flooding risk through a temporary diversion of the culvert. This arrangement will help us to determine a long term solution. The road has been cleaned and is reopening in time for Thursday evening’s rush hour.”
The council added: “We are working as quickly as possible to resolve this issue and we thank road users and pedestrians for their patience while we determine the problem with the culvert.”
Part of the road and pavement was covered in deep water for several days, meaning that cars had to drive down the centre of the highway, taking turns to pass by, while pedestrians found it impassable.
Conservative councillors have previously criticised Liberal Democrat-run B&NES over cuts to the drain and gully clearing budget, but the authority insists these reductions have absolutely no bearing on the current problem.
Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones (Con, Lansdown), who has written to the council about the problem, said: “The situation last weekend was really pretty dangerous, especially for people walking or cycling along the road. The pavement was simply unusable on parts of the road, meaning pedestrians were walking out into the road or trying to climb across the railings. The council really needs to look at this and take urgent action.”
His party colleague Councillor Colin Barrett (Con, Weston), added: “This flooding is simply unacceptable on a road which is so well used by walkers and cyclists going to Victoria Park. I hope this demonstrates to the council that cutting the budget for drain and gully clearing is shortsighted and nonsensical, and will now agree to reverse this cut.”
B&NES stressed that there had been no reduction in gully clearing in that part of the city.
In a statement, it said: “The country is experiencing one of the wettest periods in 100 years.
“Such a substantial increase in the volume of surface water and run-off from adjoining land will inevitably result in some parts of the drainage system being overwhelmed. Before the drain can empty properly, even more water enters the system.”