A major revamp of one of Bristol’s busiest traffic intersections by Temple Meads Station is nearing completion.
Two night closures tomorrow (Wednesday 17 April) and Monday 22 April (Easter Monday) will enable contractors to make the new road layout operational allowing cars to travel through signal-controlled junctions rather than roundabouts from Tuesday 23 April. In the final scheme, these simplified junctions will be easier to manage in heavy traffic helping to reduce delays and give road users more predictable journey times.
People walking and cycling will still be directed around the outside of the works boundary while the new segregated cycle paths and footways are built. The new paths will open this summer providing a direct route to Temple Meads station and a single-stage crossing from the Brunel Mile. The final scheme will see four-times the amount of cycle space and almost double the space given to pedestrians compared with the previous layout.
Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “These much-needed works will transform Temple Gate into a fitting gateway to the city, improve the journeys of the millions of people who travel through the area every year and unlock plots of previously under-used land for development. This is a key part of our ongoing work to regenerate the Temple Quarter district in order to create new jobs and bring about sustainable economic growth for the benefit of the whole city.
“We recognise the disruption the works have caused and are grateful to everyone for their patience while we complete the final phase of the scheme. We still have some way to go but this is an important milestone in the project and it’s great to know that the end is in sight.”
To move the construction works into the new road layout, the council’s contractors Eurovia will be working under two night closures tomorrow (Wednesday 17 April) and Monday 22 April (Easter Monday). Closures will be in operation for the below roads between 7pm and 6am:
- Temple Gate southbound will be reduced to a single lane and provide left in/left out access to Temple Meads station ramp.
- Temple Gate northbound will have a full closure from Bath Bridges roundabout to the junction with Temple Way.
- Victoria Street, north and southbound will be closed from the Temple Gate junction to Counterslip junction (Counterslip itself will remain open with access maintained for local businesses and taxi turning area in front of Novatel will be provided).
- Redcliffe Way both east and westbound will be closed from the Temple Gate junction to the junction with Redcliffe Roundabout.
Diversions will be marked on site but, where possible, those planning a journey through the area are advised to consider alternative routes.
From Tuesday 23 April, traffic will be travel through the below road layout:
Further information on the works and details of the final scheme can be found on our construction works page. You can also sign up to the Temple Quarter newsletter for the latest updates, direct to your inbox.