Major Updates

New city centre road layout

In April 2017 we opened a new road link between Baldwin Street and St Augustine’s Parade which changed how traffic travels through Bristol city centre.

The change was designed to simplify traffic flows for motorists, reduce congestion and create more space for public transport, pedestrians and cyclists.

The changes have:

  • Simplified the layout of the city centre;
  • Made the key traffic movement from Anchor Road/Park Street to Baldwin Street more direct;
  • Reduced the overall number of traffic movements through the centre, enabling it to draw traffic from other congested routes when necessary, relieving pressure on the city network;
  • Diverted through-traffic to more suitable routes;
  • Created simplified, largely segregated routes for buses, pedestrians and cyclists.

The previous city centre layout with the scissors junction and circulatory system meant that the city centre was prone to locking up when incidents occurred or when traffic volumes become heavy. This caused traffic problems in other parts of the city and led to widespread congestion.

Alternative routes for motorists

Following the change to traffic routes, some drivers will need to find alternative routes around the city centre. There are a number of routes available, including Temple Way, The Pithay, Union Street, Broad Weir/Newgate and Fairfax Street.

View a plan of the new city centre layout

Watch our video that explains the new traffic flows in the city centre

City centre image gallery

This gallery shows artists' impressions of the MetroBus improvements to Bristol city centre.

Click the largest image to view at full size.

The contractor

The contractor for the city centre works is North Midland Construction.

Queries about the city centre works can be directed to North Midland Construction on 03330 143 582.

The contractor has set up a website to provide up to date information on the construction works. A link can be found below.

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