Construction closes road. Neighbor opens bypass. Govt. upset.

Kelston private toll road: Bath council warn ‘is it safe?’

An opportunist businessman yesterday opened a new private toll road across fields around the site of a closed main road – but council chiefs have advised drivers not to use it.

The 400 metre stretch of road has been laid around the spot on the A431 between Bristol and Bath which has been closed since February, and will cost car drivers £2 to use.

The road, which does not have planning permission and has not been given safety certificates, re-opens the A431, which is an important ‘back road’ between Bath and Bristol to the north of the River Avon, and massively used by commuters between the two cities.