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EXCLUSIVE: Baldwin Street to be closed to through-traffic among major council plans

By martin booth, Wednesday May 13, 2020

Plans are due to be announced on Wednesday that will radically alter the way we walk, cycle and drive around Bristol.

Bristol24/7 understands that measures due to be revealed by mayor Marvin Rees include closing both Baldwin Street and Bristol Bridge to through-traffic.

There will be extensive pedestrianisation of the Old City, and widening pavements in some of the busiest shopping areas.

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New cycle lanes will also be built on Victoria Street and Counterslip close to Finzels Reach.

The dramatic changes are a direct response to the coronavirus pandemic and the continued need for social-distancing even after lockdown restrictions have been lifted.

Rees is also expected to reveal details of work to improve cycling and walking on Stokes Croft, Lewins Mead, the Clifton Triangle, Marlborough Street and Park Row.

Pavements are set to be widened on the Clifton Triangle in plans due to be announced on Wednesday by Marvin Rees – photo by Martin Booth

Bristol24/7 understands that the mayor will also be revealing pavement widening for the following areas:

  • Bedminster Parade, Bedminster
  • Stapleton Road, Easton,
  • St Mark’s Road, Easton
  • Clifton Village
  • Henleaze
  • Westbury-on-Trym
  • Redcatch Road to Oakmead Park, Knowle
  • North Street, Bedminster
  • Mina Road, St Werburgh’s
  • Cumberland Road, Spike Island
  • Merchants Road Bridge, Hotwells

St Mark’s Road in Easton was named the best street in the UK and Ireland in 2019 by the Academy of Urbanism – photo by Martin Booth

Sustrans head of partnerships, Jon Usher, congratulated Bristol City Council for their work on the plans.

He said: “We’re delighted to see a comprehensive package of measures being brought forward. The council has worked swiftly in challenging circumstances to ensure people can continue to get around safely on foot and by bike as restrictions are lifted.

“These interventions are essential to help people access work and local shops safely, kick-starting our economic recovery. We congratulate the council for these actions that will help people to leave the car at home.”

Main photo by Martin Booth

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