Help improve bus, cycling and walking journeys on major Bristol road

Traffic driving along A4 Portway Bristol

Bristol City Council is asking residents how to improve the A4 Portway route into Bristol.

People who live or travel along the A4 Portway are being encouraged to give their views on improvements to this route into the city. 

An early engagement exercise is seeking to gather feedback on how buses can move more quickly through traffic, and cycling and walking can be safer and more enjoyable.

The scope of the A4 Portway project starts at the M5 flyover, it travels along the A4 passing the Avon Gorge and onto Hotwell Road to the Jacob’s Wells Road roundabout, then along Anchor Road, and up to Explore Lane. 

The project is part of a wider transformation by Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority over the next decade to make Bristol’s transport network better for all.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said:

Photo of Bristol mayor Marvin Rees

This early engagement is part of our ambitious project to improve a series of major transport routes in and out of Bristol. 

We want to create a better, more connected city for everyone, and bring down air pollution as we work on our goal to achieve net zero by 2030. 

To do this, our city needs to continue the transition to increased use of sustainable modes of transport, such as walking, cycling and public transport. Adapting key routes, such as the A4 Portway, will help us meet this challenge head on.

Marvin Rees Mayor of Bristol

Councillor Don Alexander, Cabinet Member for Transport, said:

Profile of Cllr Don Alexander

As our city continues to grow, it’s vital that we have a transport system that meets demand, while we look at the ways we can reduce our impact on the environment and air pollution. 

As transport is one of our biggest polluters, we need everyone to rethink how they travel and to embrace a mix of public transport, walking and cycling. 

We recognise that we need to improve the transport network for this to happen at scale, especially along our busy transport corridors, which is why we need your help to shape the way these roads will look in the near future. 

This is your chance to be involved in the process and have your say – the feedback we receive will influence the designs to improve the A4 Portway route.

Councillor Don Alexander Cabinet Member for Transport

Views can be given through an online survey and via an interactive map, which allows participants to add comments about specific locations on the route and read what other people have said. 

To find out more and have your say, fill in our survey or come along to a drop in session. 

The following five drop-in sessions will run throughout the engagement:

  • Shirehampton Library, Wednesday 6 July from 1pm to 5pm
  • Sea Mills Library, Tuesday 12 July from 10am to 2pm
  • Portway Park & Ride, Tuesday 19 July from 8am to 12noon
  • Central Library, Thursday 21 July from 10am to 2pm
  • Portway Park and Ride, Saturday 23 July from 8am to 12noon

For a paper copy of the information and survey, please write to: A4 Portway, Transport Engagement Team, PO Box 3399, 100 Temple Street, Bristol BS1 9NE. You can also email or call 0117 9036449 and leave your name, contact details and your request.

The engagement closes on Wednesday 17 August 2022.