Poor weather conditions cause delays to Temple Gate resurfacing programme: Aerial view showing final Temple Gate layout

16 Aug 2019

Poor weather conditions cause delays to Temple Gate resurfacing programme

The overnight resurfacing works at Temple Gate have been delayed by recent poor weather adding five nights to the programme, from Sunday 18 to Thursday 22 August.

Road closures will be operating in the area from 8pm-6am for contractors Eurovia to complete the removal of the existing road surface, lay new asphalt, and paint road markings.

Local businesses in the area remain open and pedestrian access will be maintained on existing routes. Bus diversions will continue to be updated on the First Bus website.

A spokesperson for Bristol City Council said:

“We sincerely apologise for this delay and the ongoing disruption. We are disappointed it wasn’t possible to complete the resurfacing works within the planned programme but inevitably there are times when our plans are affected by weather. We are especially conscious of the inconvenience these works cause local residents and businesses.

“Despite this delay we remain on track to deliver the overall scheme this autumn and look forward to the benefits it will bring for more reliable journey times, better walking routes and additional cycling infrastructure.”

On the nights of Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 August (8pm-6am) car and taxi access to Temple Meads station will be via Temple Back East and the Friary. This diversion is so work can be done on Temple Gate directly below Station Approach.

Once the resurfacing is complete at Temple Gate, work can move on to walking and cycling improvements and the final touches for the reconstructed junctions. This will include slot cutting for inductive loops which is a process to install circuitry and sensors just under the new surface and then reseal the road. The inductive loops provide feedback on traffic flows through this busy intersection straight to the council’s control room where this valuable data helps to manage traffic in the area.

In September, there will be further work to install High Friction Surfacing (HFS) on bus lanes and junctions. This road treatment reduces the likelihood of vehicles skidding when trying to stop from speed and acts as an additional safety measure as well as raising awareness of the new pedestrians crossings.

While both these aspects will require some road closures, they will be far less disruptive than the current resurfacing programme.