Redcliffe Bascule Bridge to close in the daytime for 12 days

The refurbishment of Redcliffe Bascule Bridge is almost complete and the council is looking forward to fully reopening it later this summer.

In preparation, the council’s contractor, Griffiths, needs to test the repairs to the lifting mechanism, which enables the bascule span to be raised up for larger boats to pass through.

To do this safely, the bridge will close to all road users between 9.30am and 3pm each day from Monday 17 to Friday 28 July 2023.

While it is closed during the day, all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists, will need to follow the normal diversion route once again across Bristol Bridge.

If motorists follow the signposted diversion, they will not receive a fine for driving across Bristol Bridge.

Redcliffe Bascule Bridge will reopen to all road users from Saturday 29 July, although some programmed bridge lifts will take place in August to train council harbour staff on the new operational system.

Providing that these test lifts do not show up any issues, the council is looking forward to completing the refurbishment project and fully reopening the bridge in late August.

The more than £3 million refurbishment has included important structural, mechanical and electrical repairs. These works will protect the structural integrity of the bridge, reducing the need for future repairs to the 81-year old bridge. 

To find out more go to

Press release by Bristol City Council.