Significant progress has been achieved on the Temple Circus scheme this year and works will continue in the New Year, with the project on track to be completed in autumn 2019.
From Monday 7 January, work will start on junction improvements at the Bath Bridges roundabout. To allow space for contractors to work safely, Clarence Road will be closed to eastbound traffic for approximately 12 weeks while these improvements are underway. Traffic will be redirected via York Road but drivers are advised to allow extra time for their journey, or plan an alternative route if possible.
Clarence Road will remain open for westbound traffic during the day throughout these works. However, there will be night works taking place on 7-11 January (inclusive) and 14-15 January, meaning the road will be closed in both directions from 8pm to 6am on these dates.
Work also continues on the reconfiguration of the Temple Circus junction and the project will move into its final phase in April 2019 when the new road layout will go into place. New footpaths will also open at this stage.
The deep drainage works, which have taken significantly longer than expected due to the discovery of uncharted pipes and cellars, will be completed by mid-February 2019. Installation of heat networks is also progressing well with 40% of the associated pipework now laid – an important element in ensuring Bristol reaches its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
Nuala Gallagher, Director – Economy of Place, said:
“We would like to thank all those affected by the works at Temple Gate for their patience. The completion of this infrastructure project is critical to the regeneration of the wider Temple Quarter, ensuring it becomes a thriving, vibrant and inclusive new district.
“Once completed, the new layout will improve the journeys of the millions of people who travel through Temple Gate every year. The scheme will also create new public spaces and give a much better first impression of Bristol for visitors arriving into Temple Meads, as well as delivering the first phase of our ambitious heat networks programme.”
Recent photos show the main carriageway of the final scheme, as well as images of the footpath construction and the heat networks installation currently underway.
Information on the construction works and what is happening in the wider Temple Quarter can be found at www.bristoltemplequarter.com/gate . You can also sign up to the Temple Quarter newsletter for the latest updates, direct to your inbox.