Phase one of Nelson Street cycle upgrades to start

Published on 30/01/2019

Works will start 4 February on Nelson Street to enable the three streetlights to be moved out of the cycle route.

This is the next step in improving Nelson Street for cycling. However, Bristol City Council will need to put up “Cyclists dismount” signs for the works on one of the lighting columns, whilst works are carried out.

The footways in Nelson Street are packed full of underground services, so next week’s works will involve finding suitable alternative locations, getting electrical ducting to them and preparing them ready for the new lighting columns. These works should be completed next week.

The Council’s street lighting contractor will install the new lighting columns as soon as the units are available and then remove the old columns to clear the cycle route.

The contractors will need to close the footway and cycle route by The Lanes when they are working on the streetlight there and pedestrians will be diverted around the works onto the road.

The temporary pedestrian route will be narrow and not suitable for sharing with cyclists and it is not considered safe to divert cyclists onto the road outside it, as it would take cyclists right into the path of oncoming traffic.

A spokesperson said:

Cyclists are being asked to dismount for the few days  it will take to complete the works and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Download ‘Nelson Street footpath closure‘ plan.

Download ‘Nelson Street final scheme‘ drawings.