Bristol City Council has said there will be no road closures planned for Tuesday when the Olympic torch arrives in Bristol from Bath.
A spokesman for the council told Bristol24-7 that they wanted to keep “business as normal” in the city, despite the crowds, rush-hour traffic and Olympic entourage coming through the city.
The flame will be coming from Byrant’s Hill on the A431 from 5.53pm on Tuesday, before joining the A420 and heading into the city centre.
Outbound traffic is expected to be slow, as drivers take a look at the flame as it passes on the opposite side.
Parking restrictions along the route will be strictly enforced. Cones will be put out along the route during the afternoon to prevent parking – cars or other vehicles left on coned areas will be towed to nearby streets to keep the Olympic route clear.
If your car is moved, you will need to call the police to ask where your car has been moved.
There is expected to be more delays on Wednesday morning, as the torch winds its way from the centre – eventually coming over the Clifton Suspension Bridge at just after 8am.
Police will be holding all traffic coming in from North Somerset on the Long Ashton bypass at around 7.50am to allow the Olympic convoy through.
The council is advising morning rush-hour drivers from North Somerset to either:
- Travel into the city before 7.50am
- Travel in later after 9-9.30am
- Travel in via the A38 but avoid the Cumberland Basin system
- Use the M5 to enter the city further north or south than the Portway
As the flame travels through Clifton towards Henleaze, roads will remain open but parking restrictions will be in place. Residents in Clifton have been asked to move their cars, but the council say there will be “very lax” enforcement of parking in short-term bays, to allow residents to move their cars from the route.
The council has said that, on the advice of the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police, there will be “few” barriers along the route to keep onlookers off the street – so drivers should take extra care.
For more information, visit the Bristol City Council website here…