New proposal to make Bristol’s Old City pedestrian-friendly

Published on 27/02/2020

Bristol City Council is seeking views on a new proposal to pedestrianise the Old City in Bristol, as part of ongoing plans to improve the area. 

The council wants to make the area pedestrian-friendly by restricting vehicles during core shopping hours to encourage walking and cycling, reduce air pollution and make more street space available for commercial and cultural activities.

Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Transport, said:

“The Old City area is such an important part of Bristol’s history, and at a time when retail is threatened by weakening high street sales, it’s important that we help local businesses thrive as much as possible.

Giving pedestrians and cyclists exclusive access to the Old City area during set times each day will help to create a welcoming space where people can spend more time. More useable street space will also make it possible for more outdoor social and cultural activities to be held, boosting footfall to the area.

We are at a very early stage of developing our ideas to pedestrianise the area, and by gathering feedback we can design a more detailed proposal that will work as well as possible for everyone.”

Corn Street, Broad Street, St Nicholas Street and Small Street are the roads which are being considered for pedestrianisation. Essential vehicles such as the emergency services would continue to have access and other vehicles arrangements will be considered as the proposals for the area are developed.

Lorna Knapman from Love Food Festival, who coordinates events in the Old City, said:

“I am delighted to hear that the council wishes to make the Old City area car-free. We believe there is a huge amount of potential to build on the vibrancy that already exists amongst the many successful and thriving businesses in the area.

We are very much looking forward to working with the council and other local businesses and residents on the plans of the project as it progresses.”

To view the proposal and to comment on the plans, please complete the feedback survey at: www.bristol.gov.uk/oldcitystreets.

The survey will be open until Friday 20 March.