Work to remodel the Temple Circus roundabout, close to Temple Meads station, is due to start from 26 June. Once complete, the Temple Gate scheme will provide a more direct route for traffic travelling through the area, and will make journey times more predictable. It will also bring improved walking and cycling routes for the hundreds of pedestrians and cyclists passing through the area every day. The work has been scheduled to avoid overlap with other major roadworks and as far as possible two lanes of traffic will be kept open on Temple Gate during peak hours to keep traffic moving.
Mayor Marvin Rees said:
“This scheme, funded through the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, is an important step towards providing the right infrastructure for the next stage of development in the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, including a better transport interchange at Temple Meads.
“The new simpler junction at Temple Gate will help make journey times more predictable and will allow us to manage the roads more easily when there is heavy traffic. This builds on the approach taken in the city centre which has proved successful at reducing traffic delays. It will also make journeys easier for the hundreds of pedestrians and cyclists who use the area each day. However, in the short term there is likely to be some disruption to road users as the work is carried out and I don’t underestimate the effect this has on our citizens as they go about their daily lives.
“We have taken care to plan this work to avoid the main MetroBus works on the centre and the work has been scheduled over a longer period of time. I have also recently agreed that Prince Street Bridge will be opened to southbound traffic to help with traffic flow while the Temple Gate work is underway which I hope will help to reduce the impact of these works even further.”
Preparatory works for the Temple Gate scheme will take place from 26 June for approximately four weeks and will include short sections of lane closures for site investigation work across various locations within the scheme area. The main work will then follow from late July and is anticipated to be completed by Autumn 2018.
At an early stage in the works the southern section of the Temple Gate roundabout will be closed. This will restrict the number of traffic movements in the area to allow traffic to flow more easily during the works. Traffic from the north will no longer be able to turn right into Victoria St from Temple Way and traffic exiting from the Friary will no longer be able to turn onto Temple Way or straight on to Victoria St. Diversions will be signposted. The latest travel information will be available through Travelwest and roadworks.org. More detail about the Temple Gate scheme is available at www.bristoltemplequarter.com/gate.