Bristol Bridge’s new road layout complete

Bristol Bridge cycle route

Bristol City Council’s £1.4 million project to improve the road layout for Bristol Bridge is now complete.

Work on the new road layout that will make walking and cycling across Bristol Bridge easier included:

  • removing the old traffic signals
  • installing a two-way segregated cycle way on the west side of the bridge
  • creating a parallel crossing for pedestrians and cyclists linking Castle Park to Baldwin Street
  • installing a zebra crossing across Baldwin Street

The scheme will also feature a new bus shelter on Baldwin Street, which is expected to be installed in the coming weeks. Likewise, there are some remaining paving, road resurfacing and planting works that will be completed early in 2024.

Councillor Don Alexander, Bristol City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, said:

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I am delighted that the new road layout is open in time for Christmas and that we will finish off the remaining works soon.

The new layout makes Bristol Bridge much easier to use for anyone walking, cycling or scooting and suits the reduced traffic flow as a result of the bus gates we introduced in 2020.

This scheme is the first part of a major project to improve key bus routes across the city, to make them more reliable.

It is an important part of our plans for our transport network which also includes opening more railway stations in the city, after Portway this year, along with ambitious plans for a mass transit system, which will truly transform how we travel across the city.

These works are part of the first phase of the A37/A4018 strategic corridor project, which aims to improve the number 2 bus route for bus users, pedestrians and cyclists.

The council brought forward the Bristol Bridge part of these works as the old traffic signals had come to the end of their serviceable life. The next stage of the project, which includes plans for Victoria Street and Colston Avenue, are set to be considered by cabinet early in 2024. If supported, this will continue the two-way segregated cycle path from Bristol Bridge through to Temple Way.

The strategic corridors project is being funded by the Transforming Cities Fund and the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement, secured by the West of England Mayoral Combined Authority and funded by the government.