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Highway Authority
Bath and North East Somerset
Forward Destination on
A4 • A36 • A46
Next Primary Destinations
Bristol • Chippenham • Cirencester • Warminster
Other Nearby Primary Destinations
Glastonbury • Shepton Mallet • Trowbridge
Places related to the A4
Places related to the A36
Places related to the A46

Bath is a city with significant Roman Baths and extensive Georgian architecture in north-east Somerset. It is unique in the UK in having naturally-heated spring waters which in the eighteenth century saw it become one of the largest and most visited cities in the country. The great crescents and terraces display the wealth in the city at the time.


Bath was the end of a major coaching route from London, the Bath Road. It originally finished outside the old post office. The A4 followed the same route originally, and finished here too, at a tripoint with the A367 and A431. It was extended to Avonmouth via Bristol over the A36 in the 1935 Road numbering revision.

In 1965 the Buchanan Report into Bath's transport network (Bath: A Planning & Transport Study, Colin Buchanan and Partners, December 1965) proposed creating a D2 Tunnel under the historic centre, taking the A4 from Walcot Street through to Kingsmead. Although this would have removed traffic from the heart of the city the substantial demolition required, including of several Georgian terraces, proved both too controversial and, ultimately, too expensive.


Bath now has a clean air zone, and most roads in the city (including the A4 and A36) have a 20mph speed limit. Some heavy goods vehicles now have to pay £50 to deliver anything to the city centre.


One cause of congestion today is that there is no access between the Batheaston Bypass (linking the A4 with the A46), and the A36 on the other side of the Avon Valley. The only options are to head into the city as far as the Cleveland Bridge, or to take the unclassified private toll bridge near Bathampton. In addition the city is one of the most popular tourist destinations outside London and also has above average levels of in-commuting.

In May 2012, Bath and North East Somerset Council announced plans for a blanket 20 mph speed limit on all urban roads in Bath.


Route To Notes




Bristol (A4)




Stroud Primary section ends at Dunkirk


City Centre, Bristol Non primary through the city - the A36 is the main route


Wells, Weston-super-Mare, A368 Accessed via A4


Bradford on Avon


Shepton Mallet, Radstock For many years this road was rather strangely signed for Exeter alone


Bitton, Hanham


Combe Down


Midford, Frome

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Walcot Street and London Street - Geograph - 621554.jpgA3039 Bath 1987 - Coppermine - 15431.jpgA46 - Coppermine - 23157.jpgA36, Bath - Coppermine - 23681.jpgRailway viaduct west of Bath Spa Station - Geograph - 451103.jpg
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