Travelling to the race

February 14, 2014 // Rachel Ellis


Trains & Buses

The disruption to First Great Western services has been much publicised over the last couple of weeks. We have asked them to provide us with their  timetable for race day , which you can see here:

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It is very important to say that First Great Western’s advice is to check on your journey the day before you travel with either National Rail Enquiries or with First Great Western.

The weather continues to cause major problems across their network, so it’s important to check before you travel.

Park & Ride buses will be in service from the Lansdown, Odd Down and Newbridge Park & Rides. Park & Rides are a good option for runners but please be warned that the more popular sites at Lansdown and Newbridge are often full by 8.30am on race day.

Bath & North East Somerset Council have provided us with their race day timetable here:

Bath Half Marathon P&R timetables

Bath Racecourse have also let us know that they will be running their Premier Park & Ride Service on race day. You can find out more details from their website.

Road Closures & Parking

There is no parking available at the venue but all Park & Ride sites will be open. In previous years these have all been full before 8.30am so get there early and expect to have to queue to get on the buses. Have a quick look at your race map and identify alternative city centre car parks in case you get to the Park & Ride and it’s already full.

You have all been sent a race day map in your packs (it’s small enough to bring with you on the day).  This is also available on the Bath Half website. City Centre car parks are indicated on this map. You can also view this map on the mobile version of our website.

There will be over 12,000 competitors plus an estimated 30,000 spectators converging on Bath at a similar time so please plan ahead.  Be aware that road closures and parking suspensions will operate on streets adjacent to Great Pulteney Street for the entire day, and on the course route from 9.45am to about 2.30pm.

Further parking suspensions will operate on designated access routes for ambulances and buses in Oldfield Park, Bathwick, Walcot and Newbridge. All affected areas have been clearly signposted in the weeks leading up to race day.

More info – one of our twitter followers pointed out that we hadn’t mentioned the closure on a couple of routes into Bath caused by a landslide and subsidence. There is some information on these – the A431 Kelston Road and the B3110 Midford Road – on the Bath & North East Somerset Council website

A431 update A number of signposted diversion routes will be in place during the road closures for Sunday’s race.  Unfortunately the designated diversion route to the north of the city has been effected by the closure of the A431 near Kelston due to subsidence. A similar problem arose a few years ago when this same road was closed for engineering works.

We have been working with Bath & North East Somerset Council’s highways team to ensure an alternative route via the A420 will be signposted to and from Lansdown Road, westbound onto the A420, southbound onto the A4174 to the Hicks Gate roundabout, in both directions

Please see the revised diversion map here revised divert residents map copy 1 (1)