Summary of works

  • Construction of flood wall, new junction for Cumberland Road and Avon Crescent, new pedestrian and cycling route underneath Smeaton Road.
  • Construction of new MetroBus stops at Spike Island arts centre and Gaol Ferry Bridge.
  • Construction of a new toucan crossing and access to the Chocolate Path by Vauxhall Bridge.
  • Construction of a new bridge, walking and cycling paths and new crossings on Bathurst Basin.

Smeaton Road

The section of Cumberland Road from Avon Crescent junction to the junction with Ashton Avenue is closed whilst the MetroBus construction works are taking place.

The closure is for the construction of:

  • a new flood defence wall on Cumberland Road that will provide increased protection from flooding for properties in Avon Crescent,
  • the MetroBus guided busway,
  • a new pedestrian and cycling route underneath Smeaton Road bridge,
  • a new signalised junction at the junction of Avon Crescent with Cumberland Road.

The existing traffic signals on Smeaton Road are also being removed.

Whilst Smeaton Road is closed traffic will be diverted along Avon Crescent.

The entrance to Chocolate Path near the Avon Crescent junction will also be closed during construction. This is to enable construction traffic to access the construction site and ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.

After construction this entrance will be replaced by the new pedestrian and cycling route underneath Smeaton Road bridge.

Avon Crescent

MetroBus is removing the traffic lights on Smeaton Road and making Avon Crescent one way. Except for bicycles, traffic will not be able to enter from Cumberland Road into Avon Crescent.

This will make Avon Crescent a less attractive route for Heavy Goods Vehicles and considerably reduce the traffic on the road – making it a safer environment for residents, pedestrians and cyclists.

Parking changes on Cumberland Road

Bristol City Council is making a small change to the parking arrangements on Cumberland Road which will increase the parking spaces for residents.

Three parking bays on Cumberland Road that are currently for pay and display parking are being removed to accommodate the new bus lane and priority gate.

19 pay and display bays will be changed to permit parking and pay and display.

This will increase the number of parking bays for residents.

New bridge on Bathurst Basin

We're currently building a new bridge on Bathurst Basin.

The new bridge will run alongside the existing bridge which takes Commercial Road over the Bathurst Basin at the eastern end of Cumberland Road, opposite the Louisiana pub

The new bridge will include a new 3.5 metre shared cycling and walking path. This new path will provide the missing link between the existing paths on Commercial Road and Cumberland Road.

As well as constructing the new bridge and path, MetroBus is building new crossings that will make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists to travel between Cumberland Road, Bathurst Basin Parade, Wapping Road and Commercial Road.


Here are some visualisations of the new bridge we're building at Bathurst Basin.

Improving traffic flows

The new bridge on Bathurst Basin will improve traffic flows. The existing bridge will become one-way and take traffic travelling to Bedminster Bridge whilst the new bridge will take traffic heading towards Cumberland Road.

The works on Bathurst Basin will be carried out by Volker Laser who are also refurbishing Ashton Avenue Swing Bridge as part of the MetroBus project.

Bathurst Basin: Summary of works

Commercial Road from Bathurst bridge up to the General Hospital site will also be realigned to accommodate the new 3.5m shared pedestrian/cycle path.

Our contractors will have to close Commercial Road and a small section of Cumberland Road over one or two weekends so they can lift the beams onto the new bridge. We will confirm the dates of the weekend closures shortly.

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