This page provides answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the Temple Gate project. If you have any further questions, please contact btqez@bristol.gov.uk.

Benefits and funding

The current road layout around Temple Circus acts as a significant barrier for people moving between Temple Meads station, the Enterprise Zone and the wider city, and has impeded regeneration of the wider area. The quality of the public realm is poor and does not provide a good welcome to city. We think there is a better way of managing the traffic to benefit road users whilst giving more space to pedestrians and cyclists, as well as creating opportunities for new buildings and a public square. These changes will help to provide a better welcome to the city.
The final scheme will be funded from the Revolving Infrastructure Fund, administered by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.
Initial enabling and preparation work will take place in early 2017; however, this will have little to no impact on the road network. Main construction work will commence in mid 2017 through to Summer 2018.

Scheme design and access

The main changes that resulted from the public consultation are:

  • Improvements to the Bath Bridge junction;
  • More segregated cycle and pedestrian routes with greater connectivity to surrounding existing routes;
  • Changes to the junction at Victoria St, allowing the MetroBus stop to be closer to the station;
  • Relocating bus stops on Temple Gate to allow more space for pedestrians and cyclists;
  • A new northbound bus lane from the junction with Redcliffe Street to Victoria Street.

More information can be found on this page.

The new arrangement has been designed to accommodate the same levels of road traffic. Journey times for cars and other vehicular traffic through the area following the improvements are predicted to be similar to the current arrangement.
The new arrangement will result in significant improvements for pedestrians moving between Temple Meads station and the city to the west. Currently, pedestrians are faced with up to three road crossings to move across Temple Gate. This will be replaced with a single wide pedestrian and cycle crossing point that can be crossed in one single green phase.
A bridge was considered but was discounted due to cost, visual impact and the amount of space that approach ramps would take up to enable users to get up and over Temple Way.
An option to create a tunnel was investigated; however, it was ruled out due to the high cost required to deliver and operate one relative to the benefits that would result.
The extended Brunel Mile and simplified single crossing of the highway will benefit cyclists and better connect with the Enterprise Zone, Temple Meads station and the Bristol to Bath cycle path. Sections of segregated cycle way will be provided, and improved crossing facilities linking Cattle Market Road to Clarence Road will improve connectivity to the heart of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.
Bus journeys will be more reliable as a result of changes proposed by the scheme and journey times through this part of the network will be reduced. Shelters, seating and passenger transport information will be upgraded.
There is no plan to move the bus station from its current location. This proposal is a first step towards making this important gateway work better as a transport hub where people can easily move from one mode of transport to another. As further regeneration takes place in the Enterprise Zone there will be further opportunities to improve the area as a transport hub.
The MetroBus stop will be a short walk to Temple Meads station, across one single crossing.
We have considered allowing a right turn from the south into the station but found the addition of a right-turn lane would cause significant traffic delays. Traffic accessing the station from the south will need to use Redcliffe roundabout to turn and access the station. Routes from Bedminster Bridge via Redcliffe Way will be shorter and more direct.
There will still be direct access to the Friary for traffic heading south along Temple Way and also from Victoria Street.
Preventing westbound traffic from using Cattle Market Road will improve the flow of traffic at Bath Bridge Junction. Access for Eastbound traffic will stay the same.

Keeping informed

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