Gaol Ferry Bridge to close for essential repairs from 22 August

People walking over Gaol Ferry Bridge

Bristol City Council is working with contractors Griffiths to restore Gaol Ferry Bridge, a foot and cycle bridge over the New Cut that connects south Bristol and the city centre.

Since last week’s update, Griffiths’ scaffolding design and revised method of working has been approved by an independent inspector. This has enabled their programme of work to be devised and brought forward.

On Monday 15 August, Griffiths will close off a section of footpath next to Gaol Ferry Bridge on Cumberland Road to create a site compound for equipment, storage, parking and welfare units. The bridge will remain open for this site compound set up.  

Then from Monday 22 August Griffiths will close Gaol Ferry Bridge to start the restoration and repair work on the bridge.

The works are expected to take between six and nine months, and the timeline will become clearer once the full structure of the bridge is uncovered.

More information, including the diversion routes, is available at