A new and safer route is set to be created on Old Market Roundabout following a successful government funding bid by Bristol City Council.
The £479,495 funding boost from the Department for Transport is to be used to create a wider and more accessible shared path across the roundabout to improve safety and access to the city centre for pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users.
The remains of an historic underpass on the roundabout will be removed as part of the project, with new toucan crossings installed to allow people to cross safely. The project will also include visual improvements in the vicinity of the roundabout.
Cllr Mhairi Threlfall, Cabinet Member for Transport at Bristol City Council, said: “This project will improve the safety for all users of this route into the city centre via Old Market and I’m really pleased that we have been successful in this funding bid.
“An improved route across this roundabout will provide a vital link to a number of new and existing cycle and pedestrian routes, as part of our ongoing efforts to provide a well-connected and safe network across Bristol. It will provide an attractive and healthy alternative that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy and it will contribute to all our work to reduce congestion and pollution in the city.”
These improvements at Old Market roundabout will help to connect the existing cycle route at Castle Park into the newly completed segregated cycleway at Bond St South, which forms part of the East-West cycle route from the city centre into the Bristol and Bath Railway path.
The installation of the new cycleway was made possible by the recent demolition of old derelict escalator buildings (using both private and public funding) which will help to enable regeneration of the area.
Funding for the route across the roundabout has been awarded as part of the government’s Cycle Safety Fund and work is due to be completed next year.