Following discussions with local businesses and communities, King Street, Clare Street and Corn Street, will be closed to traffic from Friday 3 July.
The streets will be open for vehicle access between 5:30am-10:30am, to allow for deliveries to local businesses. There will be no vehicle access outside of these times.
We are working with local businesses to ensure access for disabled users is available at all times, including the installation of additional disabled bays.
The programme is part of the on-going work across the city to pave the way for safer and better public transport, cleaner air and improved walking and cycling routes.
Cllr Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Transport and Energy, said:
“It has been a long standing ambition to make this historic part of the city centre more pedestrian-friendly, and something we have been building towards.
“I would like to thank the local businesses and Bristol’s communities for their continued engagement to help develop these plans and bring them forward during this difficult time. We firmly believe these changes will offer significant long-term benefits for the people and businesses in the area, and appreciate everyone’s co-operation while these measures are put in place.
‘’This initial phase of road closures will use a temporary traffic regulation order in first instance, with the view to make permanent changes as part of the wider Old City pedestrianisation project.”
The Bristol Street Space programme includes the widening of pavements, the suspension of some parking bays and some road closures to ensure people are able to socially distance around the city.
It is one of the transport projects that has been accelerated in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Other projects include the pedestrianisation of areas of the Old City, prioritising pedestrians and cyclists across Bristol Bridge and pavement widening across the city.
Many of the schemes were previous mapped out through Bristol’s element of the regional Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan.
Central Government have also announced additional funding of £2bn for walking and cycling projects.