Press release

Safety scheme starts at Hartley Bends on the A46 at Bath

A scheme to improve the safety of road users on the A46 near Bath will get underway next week.


The Highways Agency is carrying out overnight work to install ‘bends ahead’ warning signs between Cold Ashton and Batheaston.

The scheme, which starts on Tuesday, March 18 will take approximately six and a half weeks to complete and will include installing six static signs warning of bends ahead between Cold Ashton and Batheaston.

In addition, two electronic vehicle activated signs will be put up on the approaches to Hartley Bends displaying a bend symbol and warning drivers to slow down.

Project Sponsor, Mark Arberry, said:

We are very pleased to be able to introduce these signs which should significantly help to improve safety by giving drivers additional warning that they are approaching the bends.

The work to being carried out at night between 8pm and 6am when traffic flows are at their lowest and to make the most of the closure we are also undertaking resurfacing work at the same time; this will reduce the need for further closures for resurfacing in the future, so reducing disruption to road users.

We advise all drivers using this section of the A46 to allow slightly longer to complete their journeys.

A 4.3 mile section in both directions of the A46 between Cold Ashton Roundabout and the A4, London Road will be closed during the works and a clearly signed diversion route will be in place. The scheme will be completed by Wednesday, April 30.

Northbound traffic will be diverted along the A4 towards Chippenham, then the A350 and on to the A420 before rejoining the A46 at Cold Ashton Roundabout.

Southbound traffic will follow the same route in the opposite direction.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways Agency press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer

Published 11 March 2014