Major Updates

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.

Avon Crescent and Cumberland Road (June 2017)

Smeaton Road
Smeaton Road will reopen to traffic at the end of June/early July.

Avon Crescent
After Smeaton Road has reopened 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 reduce the amount of traffic using the road, making it a safer environment for residents, pedestrians and cyclists.

Improving Bristol’s communications network
In late June Bristol City Council will start work to improve the city’s ducting and fibre communications network. The work will take place from Underfall Yard through to Wapping Wharf.

Upcoming construction work starting in July which will be completed by Autumn 2017

  • Near Vauxhall Bridge Installation of a new MetroBus stop, a toucan crossing and a new pedestrian and cyclist entrance to the Chocolate Path.
  • Cumberland Road (near the junction with Mardyke Ferry Road) Installation of a new bus lane and bus gate.
  • Cumberland Road Bristol City Council are resurfacing the road from Avon Crescent to Wapping Wharf.
  • Wapping Wharf Construction of a new MetroBus stop near Gaol Ferry Bridge/Gaol Ferry Steps.

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.

The new bridge’s beams will be lifted into place in August 2017. The bridge will open to traffic in the autumn.


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.

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