Cotham Hill transformation

A project to make a popular pedestrianisation pilot into a permanent scheme, creating a more cyclist and pedestrian-friendly environment while supporting local businesses on Cotham Hill, is now complete.

It is the culmination of a temporary pedestrianisation scheme in 2021, which laid the foundation for the permanent closure of sections of the road to motorised traffic.

The project aims to improve the area by making it safer to walk, wheel, and cycle, reducing air pollution, and supporting local businesses who will continue to benefit from space for outdoor trading.

This project shows our commitment to sustainable travel, and I am delighted construction work is complete in time for Christmas.

By permanently closing some sections of the road to traffic, we have created a safer and more accessible environment for everyone while supporting local businesses to use outdoor space.

The transformation of Cotham Hill aligns with our broader vision to promote active travel, manage traffic sustainably, and enhance the overall quality of life of our residents. It is one of a number of pedestrianisation schemes we are investing in, including in the Old City and on Princess Victoria Street, both of which will be made permanent.

We are looking forward to the further positive impacts that these changes will have for the community, and we hope residents and visitors alike will enjoy a revitalised Cotham Hill.

Councillor Don Alexander, Cabinet Member for Transport

Construction work, which got underway in June, included: 

  • improving pedestrian crossings
  • improving pavements, including some widening and dropped kerbs
  • some resurfacing
  • changes to junctions and making some roads one-way
  • new loading and disabled parking bays
  • new cycle stands, benches, bins, planters and trees

There are some finishing touches to make, including installing bins, cycle stands, and a small section of cycle lane between Woodland Road and Hampton Road, however, the project is materially complete.

The £645,000 scheme is funded by the Department for Transport through its Active Travel Fund, which is administered by Active Travel England, and via its Community City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement, which is administered by West of England Combined Authority.

Original press release by Bristol City Council