Cotham Hill transport and pedestrianisation works to start in June

Pedestrianisation scheme cotham hill bristol

Construction work is taking place this summer and autumn on and around Cotham Hill, as part of plans to permanently improve the area for pedestrians, cyclists and businesses.

This work follows on from a successful trial of a pedestrianisation scheme, which saw Cotham Hill close between Whiteladies Gate and Hampton Lane and between Hampton Park and Abbotsford Road, in 2021.

Since then, residents have had more access to walking and cycling, and local hospitality businesses have benefited from outdoor trading.  

The permanent changes will: 

  • make it easier and safer to walk and cycle in the area and encourage active travel
  • manage traffic flow and reduce pollution in the area
  • support local businesses who will benefit from space for outdoor trading

Businesses have been asked to remove any structures from Cotham Hill while the works take place. However, for the most part, tables and chairs can continue to be used and the council is waiving pavement licences fees over the construction period.

The programme of work includes:

  • improving the pedestrian crossings
  • improving the pavements, including widening and dropping kerbs
  • some resurfacing within the pedestrianised areas
  • changes to junctions
  • new one-ways
  • new loading and disabled parking bays
  • new cycle stands, benches and bins
  • new planters and trees

The £645,000 scheme is being funded by Active Travel England and via the West of England Combined Authority through the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement set aside for Liveable Neighbourhood projects in Bristol.

Construction work is due to start in June 2023 and be completed by the end of the year.