Smeaton Road will reopen near the end of March. In this area we are continuing to build:
a new flood defence wall,
the MetroBus guided busway,
a new pedestrian and cycling route underneath Smeaton Road bridge,
a new signalised junction at the junction of Avon Crescent with Cumberland Road.
New pedestrian crossing and new access to the Chocolate Path
In February our contractors start work on the new pedestrian crossing by Vauxhall Bridge and a new access to the Chocolate Path.
The visualisation below shows the crossing and new access to the Chocolate Path.
Ashton Avenue Swing Bridge
Our contractors have finished refurbishing the bridge and are now removing the scaffolding surrounding it.
We hope to open the bridge to pedestrians and cyclists as soon as practical. However, we have to make sure that people using the bridge are kept safe whilst construction works continue for the guided busway, pedestrian crossing and MetroBus stop at both ends of the bridge.
This means we’re delaying opening the bridge a little longer until the Spring so we can complete these other works safely.
We apologise for the delay and promise bridge users that improvements such as the new cycling and walking lane on the bridge and better access to the Harbourside will make it worth the wait.
We’re currently building a new bridge which will run alongside the existing bridge opposite the Louisiana pub.
The new bridge will include a new cycling and walking path which will link the existing paths on Commercial Road and Cumberland Road.
We’re also building new crossings that will make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
The new bridge will improve traffic flows. The existing bridge will become one-way and take traffic travelling to Bedminster Bridge. The new bridge will take traffic heading towards Cumberland Road. We expect the new bridge will be finished by May 2017.
The traffic lights on Bathurst Basin will be in place until the end of January. The traffic lights are manually controlled by two operators to manage traffic and mitigate any queuing.
We have adjusted the timings of the Gaol Ferry toucan crossing to prevent it holding up traffic.
We have also placed additional advance warning signs before the entry to Avon Crescent and on Bedminster roundabout advising motorists of the delays on Cumberland Road.
Traffic has improved following these changes and we hope you have noticed the difference.
New bus stops
Our contractors have started installing the new MetroBus stops on Wapping Wharf and by Spike Island arts centre.
Parking changes on Cumberland Road
The Council is making a small change to the parking arrangements on Cumberland Road which will increase the parking spaces for residents.
Three parking bays on Cumberland Road that are currently for pay and display parking are being removed to accommodate the new bus lane and priority gate.
19 pay and display bays will be changed to permit parking and pay and display. This will increase the number of parking bays for residents.