Residents, businesses and commuters are being invited to have their say on plans to replace the Temple Circus roundabout, close to Temple Meads station, with a new simplified road layout. The proposal aims to provide a more direct route for traffic with fewer traffic lights while creating a better environment and more space for the hundreds of pedestrians and cyclists that use the area every day.
Plans for the area, one of several gateways into the medieval city of Bristol, are a first step towards creating an improved gateway to the city with space for new buildings and a public square that in time will give life to the area day and night.
The proposals include:
- A more direct route for traffic with fewer traffic lights
- A new single wide crossing point for pedestrians and cyclists to replace the three road crossings between the station and the Brunel Mile
- Eastbound only traffic on CattleMarket Road to improve the flow of traffic at Bath Bridge junction
- Access to the Friary via a new road link from Temple Back East with a new drop-off point on the Friary for cars and taxis
- Space for new buildings and public square giving life to the area day and night
- Better public transport links with new and upgraded stops, better signage and a new Metrobus stop
- Improvements to cycle routes to better connect with cycle paths being built on Clarence Road and Cattlemarket Road and onwards to the wider Bristol cycle network.
Councillor Mark Bradshaw, Assistant Mayor for Place including Transport at Bristol City Council, said:
“Creating a first class welcome to Bristol and better transport links around Temple Meads has been a long held aspiration for the city. The area is one of the busiest in the city’s road network and there is currently a poor quality route for pedestrians and cyclists travelling from the station to the city centre.
This scheme aims to address these issues and is the first step towards creating a better environment for pedestrians, cyclists and road users around this important gateway to the city. We want people to comment on these proposals to help us to develop these ideas into a final scheme. In time, as development takes place within the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, this area will become an integrated travel hub where people can easily and conveniently move between different modes of travel.”
The final scheme will be funded from the Revolving Infrastructure Fund, administered by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership. £21 million has been allocated to improve transport, cycling and pedestrian routes around the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone ahead of development in the area. The Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone is set to deliver 17,000 jobs over 25 years and will be the home for Bristol’s new arena due to open in 2017.
Visit our Temple Gate website
All the background information, proposals and online survey can be found at: bristoltemplequarter.com/gate
Visit the exhibition
There will be an exhibition of the proposals at Engine Shed, on Station Approach from Tuesday 13th January to Friday 30 January. The exhibition is open Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm.
Attend an event
Two staffed events will take place at the exhibition on: Tuesday 13th January 2015 – 4pm-8pm Wednesday 21 January 2015 – 4pm -8pm
The deadline for comments is 18 February 2015.