The current road layout around Temple Gate acts as a significant barrier for people moving between Temple Meads station, the Enterprise Zone and the wider city, preventing regeneration of the wider area. The quality of the public realm is poor and does not provide a good welcome to city. This scheme will provide a better way of managing the traffic, benefiting road users whilst giving more space to pedestrians and cyclists, as well as creating opportunities for new buildings and a public square.
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. However, the junction will be easier to manage in heavy traffic.
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.
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 and some bus stops will be relocated.
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.
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.
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