Bristol Bridge closure: last chance to have your say
Bristolians have until Monday to give their views on the closure of Bristol Bridge to general traffic, which has reduced congestion and improved bus reliability in the central area.
In August last year priority was given to buses, taxis, cyclists and pedestrians travelling through the city centre, with new camera-monitored bus gates installed on Bristol Bridge, Baldwin Street and Union Street.
Motorised vehicles can still access Baldwin Street and Union Street using other routes but they can no longer use these streets to cut through the city.
Traffic on the roads where the bus gates have been introduced has dropped, on average, by around half as a result of the move, with First West of England taking advantage of the change by doubling the number of route 2 buses that cross Bristol Bridge.
The scheme is one part of a package of major transport improvements to ease congestion and pollution across the city. These plans were already in the pipeline, but were accelerated to help Bristolians safely navigate the city during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The scheme had been implemented temporarily as a trial, with the intention to make it permanent if it’s successful.
Anyone who uses Bristol Bridge, particularly local businesses, is invited to have their say in the formal consultation period, which ends at midnight on Monday (1 February).
The council will consider all the feedback from the consultation before deciding whether to make the scheme permanent, with a decision expected in the summer, depending on the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.
To give your views on the scheme visit the Consultation Hub by Monday 1 February.