Refreshed Muller Road improvement plan revealed

Revisions to a proposal to improve people flow through a busy Bristol route to accommodate new homes in the Lockleaze area have been recommended, following a public consultation earlier this year.

Bristol City Council asked for feedback on plans to improve public transport routes and safety for schoolchildren, residents, cyclists and commuters using Muller Road, which runs from Gloucester Road to Eastville and the M32.

More than 1,000 homes are planned in Lockleaze in the next few years. This, along with a new school, two new supermarkets, and the increasing population of Bristol, means Bristol City Council has decided to take action before problems arise.

Key changes to the original proposals include:

  • Reducing the length of the southbound bus lane to retain some parking outside The Old Library, including reducing parking restrictions in other areas
  • Creating segregated cycling and walking routes between Concorde Way and Fairfield School
  • Removing the ban on right-turns on Glenfrome Road
  • Closing more through routes in the Springfield Road area.

Thank you to everyone who gave their views on the initial proposals – your feedback has helped us revise the plan to better suit the needs of local people.

Our plan for Muller Road needs to take into consideration the impact on residents and businesses, as well as schoolchildren, cyclists, bus users and motorists moving through the area. I’m confident that the revised proposals balance the needs of everyone concerned, and preserve nearby green spaces as much as possible.

We know how difficult it is to navigate busy junctions along Muller Road, where there are traffic queues and delays. We also have to balance increased demands that more housing and other developments will bring to the area.

That’s why we’re planning on investing in infrastructure and improving bus prioritisation, which is much-needed to make public transport services more reliable in Bristol.

These changes have the potential to increase road capacity, improve air quality and make Muller Road safer for everyone travelling through it.

Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Transport at Bristol City Council

The original proposals, in a public consultation which ran from February to April earlier this year, asked for views on:

  • adding an extra southbound lane to sections of Muller Road for buses, taxis and motorcycles
  • bus stop improvements such as raised kerbs, to make sustainable transport more convenient
  • widening a significant length of pavement alongside Muller Road to improve safety for schoolchildren and other pedestrians and cyclists
  • removing the ability to turn right from Glenfrome Road to travel northbound up Muller Road, and making some side streets one-way to improve traffic flow.

Hundreds of people engaged with the consultation at regular drop-in meetings or through an online feedback form. The majority of responses expressed centred around banning the right turn on Glenfrome Road, parking restrictions and provision for cyclists.

Bristol City Council will now submit the proposal to the West of England Combined Authority for consideration, and begin to put together Traffic Regulation Orders and planning applications. Both require further public consultation, so there will be more opportunities for the public to share their views before the proposed start date of summer 2020.

The report on the consultation can be found online at the Bristol City Council Consultation Hub.

Press release by Bristol City Council.