Have your say: Bristol neighbourhoods to shape future of road improvements

Bristol citizens are being asked how investment could be used to enhance several busy roads and high streets across the city.

Starting this week, businesses, residents and anyone who enjoys the roads under consideration will be urged to make suggestions for how to improve the environment and accessibility on the streets.

The 13 roads are all earmarked to receive funding from Bristol City Council to improve walking and cycling journeys across the city. It is part of work to accelerate existing long-term transport ambitions in response to the pandemic while capacity on public transport is reduced.

The streets vary from major city roads to bustling high streets or residential school routes – but all play a key role in serving each community’s unique needs. They were chosen following suggestions made by the public during lockdown for ways to better manage through traffic and prevent rat running.

These plans follow major improvements to the city centre delivered this summer, with the Old City now pedestrianised, new city centre bike lanes and the closure of Bristol Bridge and Baldwin Street to through traffic to give priority to buses, pedestrians and cyclists.

We are taking bold action to create a better, more connected future for everyone and to help Bristol emerge from this crisis in a more inclusive and sustainable way. All of the streets earmarked for change are more than just roads – they are vibrant hubs where people of all different backgrounds and cultures come together. We want to celebrate the unique charm of each area and build on that by making improvements that encourage more enjoyment of the road.

By diverting through traffic away from our community hubs, we will protect public health and unlock barriers to inclusive economic growth with cleaner air, safer and better public transport, and improved walking and cycling routes for everyone. It is essential any change works for the benefit of everyone in the community so we are asking for ideas from local people. We are committed to reducing congestion and pollution in a way that supports each neighbourhood to thrive.

Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees

Potential changes could involve alterations to the road layout or traffic direction, widened pavements, timed or consistent traffic restrictions, new bike lanes, additional seating, better lighting, resurfacing, or more greenery.

Surveys will be distributed across households and businesses in each area to collect feedback on what people like about the road in question and what they feel needs improving. The council is also liaising with local groups and organisations to gather views and ideas from their members.

In some areas citizens will also be asked to give their views on more specific suggestions that have come from initial discussions with the community. People will also be asked to feedback on any improvements that have already been brought in temporarily as a rapid response to the pandemic, such as the bike lane on Park Row.

It has been a really challenging year for everyone but we are working hard to capture the benefits that lockdown brought to our air quality. We have a unique opportunity to use funding to stop community hubs being used as rat runs and improve the environment on shopping and community roads. We recognise that changes must work for everyone and we are flexible and open to all suggestions.

We want the future to be shaped by Bristol’s communities and we encourage everyone to get involved and submit their views. We look forward to working with local businesses, residents and groups to ensure each area benefits from the investment opportunity and continue to flourish.

Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Transport

Roads under consideration and engagement launch dates:

7 December 2020:

14 December 2020:

  • Park Row, Upper Maudlin Street, Marlborough Street & Colston Street
  • Picton Street, Montpelier
  • Rosemary Lane, Eastville

January 2021:

  • Beaufort Road, Redfield
  • Mina Road, St Werburghs
  • Greville Road/Upton Road, Southville
  • Langton Court Bridge, St Anne’s
  • Redcliffe Mead/Prewett Street, Redcliffe
  • Overton Road, Bishopston
  • Dean Lane, Southville

For exact dates, links to the online surveys and more information, visit: bristol.gov.uk/roadchanges

All surveys will be available online for any citizen to complete. 

Press release by Bristol City Council.