Major Updates

New city centre road layout from Sunday 2 April

The MetroBus city centre improvements reach a major milestone on Sunday 2 April with the opening of the new link between Baldwin Street and St Augustine’s Parade and the introduction of new permanent city centre traffic movements.

The changes will simplify traffic flows for motorists, reduce congestion and create more space for public transport, pedestrians and cyclists.

The changes will:

  • Create a simplified city centre layout;
  • Make the key traffic movement from Anchor Road/Park Street to Baldwin Street more direct;
  • Reduce 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;
  • Divert through-traffic to more suitable routes;
  • Create simplified, largely segregated routes for buses, pedestrians and cyclists.

The opening of the new link road means that some current traffic movements within the city centre will be restricted. These movements are:

  • The right turn (northbound) from Baldwin Street to Lewins Mead;
  • The left turn (southbound) from Rupert Street to Baldwin Street.

Drivers that currently make these movements will need to find an alternative route. There are a number of alternative routes available, including Temple Way, The Pithay, Union Street, Broad Weir/Newgate and Fairfax Street

The current city centre layout with the scissors junction and circulatory system can lead to excessive congestion. The city centre is prone to locking up when incidents occur or traffic volumes become heavy. Traffic problems in city centre can have a major impact on other parts of the city and can lead to widespread congestion.

Baldwin Street will be closed to traffic from 7am to 5pm on Sunday 2 April for the switch over. Diversion routes will be signposted.

Alternative routes

Following the change to traffic routes on 2 April, 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.

New cycling route

The final city centre design will include a dedicated cycle route through the central zone. This new route will link with the existing cycle lanes at both ends and mean greater segregation of pedestrians and cyclists through the Centre. Work for the new cycle route will be completed by the summer.

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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