Two night closures tomorrow (Wednesday 17 April) and Monday 22 April (Easter Monday) will enable contractors to make the new road layout operational allowing cars to travel through signal-controlled junctions rather than roundabouts from Tuesday 23 April. In the final scheme, these simplified junctions will be easier to manage in heavy traffic helping to reduce delays and give road users more predictable journey times.
People walking and cycling will still be directed around the outside of the works boundary while the new segregated cycle paths and footways are built. The new paths will open this summer providing a direct route to Temple Meads station and a single-stage crossing from the Brunel Mile. The final scheme will see four-times the amount of cycle space and almost double the space given to pedestrians compared with the previous layout.
Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “These much-needed works will transform Temple Gate into a fitting gateway to the city, improve the journeys of the millions of people who travel through the area every year and unlock plots of previously under-used land for development. This is a key part of our ongoing work to regenerate the Temple Quarter district in order to create new jobs and bring about sustainable economic growth for the benefit of the whole city.
“We recognise the disruption the works have caused and are grateful to everyone for their patience while we complete the final phase of the scheme. We still have some way to go but this is an important milestone in the project and it’s great to know that the end is in sight.”