Redcliffe Bascule Bridge to partially reopen to pedestrians and general traffic

Redcliffe Bridge will reopen on one side of the bridge to pedestrians from 5pm on Friday 18 November and to cyclists and general traffic from midday on Monday 21 November.

Griffiths, the contractor undertaking the works, has confirmed that to allow the deck to be waterproofed and resurfaced in stages, only one footway will be available for pedestrians and one lane for general traffic, including cyclists. Two-way traffic flow will be controlled with temporary traffic signals.

The southbound side will reopen first, while work takes place to the northbound side. This will be followed by the northbound side reopening while the southbound side is resurfaced. It is hoped these works will be completed by the end of the year when the full bridge will reopen.

From midday on 21 November, general traffic will no longer be able to follow the Bristol Bridge diversion, which will revert to a bus gate. Signage will be displayed to warn drivers of the change.

On the weekend leading up to the bridge reopening to all users, the footway will be open for pedestrians from 5pm on Friday 18 November.

I am pleased the bridge will be open for everyone to use again next week, and that we are getting closer to the refurbishment works being completed.
As temporary traffic signals will be in place at the bridge over the coming weeks, please be aware that some delays in the area are likely. We hope everyone will bear with us while we work to repair this important bridge.

Councillor Don Alexander, Cabinet Member for Transport

Early in the new year, the contractors will need to close Redcliffe Bridge once more for around five days to test the mechanics. This will make sure the bridge can be raised for large vessels and that the council’s team at the Docks are trained to use the updated equipment.

While it is closed, the Bristol Bridge diversion will be in use once more. Signage will be displayed and more information about the short closure will be promoted nearer the time.

To keep up to date with the refurbishment, visit

Press release by Bristol City Council.