2015 Spring River Path Work Audit

What follows is a 25 image ‘audit’ of the River path starting at the Green Park entrance all the way up to Locksbrook. The audit does not go beyond Greenpark as significant works are being performed as part of the flood defence work. However should the principle of what is needed can be applied along the full path. ‘Luckily’ I was down there on rather rainy afternoon and can show the immense amount of flooding that occurs.

The primary issue with the path is one of encroachment and neglect that can be overcome using a very simple set of approaches:

  1. Maintenance Work
    1. The full width of the original path must be exposed.
    2. All encroaching vegetation must be cleared back. With maintenance only once every 6 months, growth can be phenomenal.
    3. Embankments should be dug back and made level or below the path to facilitate drainage either side of path. Reseeding of dug back areas should be considered carefully.
  2. Structural Changes
    1. A 0.5m drainage channel should be dug and filled with aggregate either side of the path where possible.
    2. Where ‘lakes’ of puddles occur, drainage solutions should be implemented. That is, where flood defences block drainage, drainage holes should be drilled or ‘sink holes’ should be drilled and capped to facilitate drainage.
    3. Consideration should be made to removal of some embankments against walls and tarmacing up to the walls to reduce long term maintenance and provide wider path.
    4. Widening of path to 3m minimum where possible should be achieved along the full length of the path.

It should be noted that the river path should be valued higher than it is and could be a fantastic part of Bath in Bloom rather than something that feels like it’s a forgotten industrial waste ground.

Remember that this is an exceptional healthy transport corridor and a real asset to Bath.

Each picture will have a general maintenance (GM) tasks and structural changes (SC) tasks.

2015-02-22 13.13.51

  • GM:- Cut down all trees on left to ground level.
  • GM:- Expose full width of path.
  • SC:- Dig back to wall and lower left embankment, install aggregate drainage.

2015-02-22 13.13.06

  • GM:- Expose full width of path.
  • SC:- Dig back and lower left embankment of path up to wall and install drainage channel.
  • SC:- Consideration should be made to tarmac up to the wall.

2015-02-22 13.12.30

  • GM:- Expose original width of path.
  • SC:- Drainage holes needed in river wall.
  • SC:- Dig drainage channel and fill with aggregate on right.

2015-02-22 13.11.37

  • GM:- Expose full width of path.
  • GM:- Cut back trees on right to at least 1m from path. Suggest removal.
  • SC:- Level right embankment to path and install drainage channel.

2015-02-22 13.11.02

  • GM:- Expose original path width.
  • SC:- Dig back and level embankment to wall.
  • SC:- Install drainage channel.

2015-02-22 13.10.07

  • GM:- Removal of all trees and bushes.
  • GM:- Expose original width of path.
  • SC:- Dig back and install drainage channel.

2015-02-22 13.09.22

  • GM:- Removal of all trees and bushes.
  • GM:- Expose original width of path.
  • SC:- Dig back and install drainage channel.
  • SC:- Drainage to be cut into river wall.

2015-02-22 13.08.01

  • GM:- Expose original width of path.
  • SC:- Dig back to wall and install drainage channel.
  • SC:- Consideration for full tarmac to wall.

2015-02-22 13.07.20

  • SC:- Removal of rail, widening of footpath to 3m through a build out and reinstall of new rail. Either way move the rail to far right as possible.
  • GM:- Removal of grass.

2015-02-22 13.06.53

  • GM:- Removal of all large trunl of left tree that imposes on path. People have ridden into this.
  • GM:- Expose original width of path.
  • GM:- Removal of bush/tree on right as this is too close and causes major narrowing of path in Summer.

2015-02-22 13.06.30

  • GM:- Either removal of this bush or drastic cut back.
  • GM:- Expose original width of path.

2015-02-22 13.06.04

  • GM:- Expose original width of path.
  • SC:- Consider widening path by infilling on river side and establishing a wider path.

2015-02-22 13.05.28

  • GM:- Expose original width of path.
  • SC:- Remove guard, build out and create a wide 3m path under the bridge.

2015-02-22 13.05.02

  • GM:- Removal of all trees and bushes on right. Cut back drastically on left.
  • GM:- Expose original width of path.
  • SC:- Dig back and install drainage channel.
  • SC:- Consider changing line of approach by building out on river side to stop people entering bridge ‘blind’.

2015-02-22 13.04.10

  • GM:- Removal of all trees and bushes. Yes that’s those stumps as well.
  • GM:- Expose original width of path.
  • SC:- Dig back and level right embankment to wall and install drainage channel.
  • SC:- Consider tarmac to wall to reduce long term maintenance.

2015-02-22 13.03.09

  • GM:- Removal of all trees and bushes. All of them appear to impact on the path.
  • GM:- Expose original width of path.
  • SC:- Dig back and install drainage channel.
  • SC:- Consider tarmac to right wall.

2015-02-22 13.02.34

  • GM:- Removal of all trees and bushes on right.
  • GM:- Expose original width of path.
  • SC:- Dig back and install drainage channel.

2015-02-22 13.01.33

  • GM:- Expose original width of path.
  • SC:- Level embankment on river side.

2015-02-22 13.01.04

  • GM:- Expose original width of path.
  • SC:- Consider changing line of approach to stop ‘blind’ entry to underpass.
  • SC:- This is a very narrow underpass and should be widened as soon as possible. Removal of rail, build out and re-install rail.

2015-02-22 13.00.27

  • GM:- Level river embankment with path.
  • GM:- Expose original width of path.

2015-02-22 12.59.44

  • GM:- Level river embankment with path.
  • GM:- Expose original width of path.

2015-02-22 12.58.19

  • GM:- Removal of all trees and bushes.
  • GM:- Expose original width of path.
  • GM:- Level river embankment with path.
  • SC:- Consider tarmac up to border or drainage channel.

2015-02-22 12.56.40

  • GM:- Level river embankment with path.
  • GM:- Expose original width of path.
  • SC:- Tarmac up to wall.

2015-02-22 12.54.53

  • GM:- Level embankment with path.
  • GM:- Expose original width of path.
  • SC:- Remove that bin. It’s in a crazy place.

2015-02-22 12.54.22

  • GM:- Level river embankment.
  • GM:- Expose original width of path.
  • SC:- Widen path. It’s narrow and awkward at entrance. There is space to tarmac here.
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4 thoughts on “2015 Spring River Path Work Audit”

  1. I’m sorry but I read this and was appalled. I’m a keen cyclist and agree we need good routes – some of the proposals in here are fine. However, we do exist on a living planet and the continual list of remove trees, level banks, remove tree stumps etc is an embarrassment. It won’t be green, just tarmac. If it makes cycling tricky in a few places then slow down, but don’t just keep hacking out living things?

    1. Well the path has had over 35 years of neglect. I am modelling what needs to be done on how the Two Tunnels path has been designed. A clear wide path with drainage. These living things cause facial injuries, narrow the path and cause collisions between pedestrians and people that cycle. You have to remember most of what we are asking to have cut down is actually brambles.

    2. Let’s get real, removal of a few trees/stumps and encroaching flora on a path will have no negative impact on the living environment, that’s down to the millions acres of intensive farming introduced in the last 50 years.

  2. I am trying to find out where things stand with S106 funding from Crest’s WRD commitment to the riverside north bank which some of this might be appropriate for. I suspect B&NES has already snaffled the money for other things but you never know.

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