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Barriers and bollards at Bath Christmas Market

Chalets outside Bath Abbey protected by enormous bollards. Credit: ITV West Country

Large barriers have been installed in Bath city centre for the first time ahead of the Christmas Market.

More than 400,000 people are expected to visit the market which runs from 23 November until 10 December 2017.

The barriers alongside new and replacement bollards, installed over the last month, are designed to restrict access for vehicles, and make it safer for pedestrians to get around the city centre.

Some of the large bollards brought in to protect Christmas shoppers. Credit: ITV West Country

The so-called 'rings of steel' have been installed at festive markets across the country amid the increased terror threat.

Bath and North East Somerset Council stresses that there is currently NO known threat to the city and the measures were designed to reassure the public.

These improvements are part of business as normal for the city. We are simply taking the prudent step of installing additional measures which are in common with those seen elsewhere in the country. There is currently no known threat to the city. We want people to feel reassured and to enjoy visiting our city this Christmas and throughout the coming year.

– CLLR TIM WARREN (CON, MENDIP), COUNCIL LEADER
Finishing touches being put to the chalets ahead of Thursday's opening. Credit: ITV West Country

As organisers of the Bath Christmas Market, Visit Bath works closely with partners to take all reasonable precautions to protect the safety and welfare of visitors attending the event.

– DAVID JAMES, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF VISIT BATH

The Christmas market opens on Thursday and is thought to bring around £20 million to the local economy.