Work to demolish the Old Market Footbridge will get underway next week

Published on 10/05/2017

Demolition work to remove the pedestrian bridge and adjoining buildings at Old Market roundabout will start later this month.

The removal of two derelict escalator buildings and the high-level footbridge between the two will mean temporary road closures around and under the roundabout, which are likely to cause some disruption to traffic in the area.

The Old Market Footbridge spans across the Temple Way Underpass and Bond Street on the northern side of Old Market roundabout. The escalators were decommissioned in the 1970s and both the escalator housing and footbridge are in a poor state of repair requiring demolition.

The demolition work will start on May 20 and last for a period of up to six weeks.

Temple Way and Old Market roundabout will be fully closed to all vehicle traffic overnight on the weekend of May 27-28:

  • 8pm – 10am, May 27-28
  • 4pm – 4am, May 28-29

Partial closures of Old Market roundabout will also take place on the following weekend dates, and traffic is advised to avoid the area:

  • May 20-21 (Saturday and Sunday night only)
  • May 28 (daytime)
  • June 10-1 (Saturday evening into Sunday evening)
  • June 18 (daytime)

In addition, temporary lane closures will be in place Monday to Friday during off-peak times from 9.30am until 3.30pm and occasionally at night if required. During these periods the roundabout will be reduced from three lanes down to two lanes.

Peter Mann, Service Director for Transport, said:

“From time to time we need to carry out works on or over the highway that mean closing the road to protect the public and contractors.

The removal of the escalator buildings and footbridge at Old Market is a major job and has been planned to minimise disruption. Unfortunately, it is inevitable that some people will be inconvenienced and I would like to apologise in advance for this and thank everyone for their patience.

We will ensure that diversion routes are clearly signed from all directions for the duration of the works.”

Following the demolition, works will take place to reinstate the pavement within and around the newly cleared areas. This will include tree planting, upgrading a bus stop and cycle route works along Bond Street South.

The demolition and subsequent improvement works are being funded by the Quorum, Bristol City Council, and the Government’s Cycle Ambition Fund grant.

Further information can be found on the following website:-