Walking and cycling improvements begin on Old Market Roundabout: OldMarket-CGI-view4 cropped

18 Jul 2019

Walking and cycling improvements begin on Old Market Roundabout

People walking or cycling across a busy city centre roundabout are set to benefit from a wider, more accessible route.

The final stage of improvement works to Old Market Roundabout starts next Monday and involves mostly off-road construction and minimal off-peak temporary lane restrictions for traffic. The project creates new segregated pedestrian and cycle route across the roundabout, along with wider and safer signalised crossings.

Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Transport at Bristol City Council, said: ““The final stage of this project will mean this important route is enhanced and fit for the future. It will help accommodate the new developments in the area as well as the increasing number of people walking and cycling in Bristol. We can reduce city traffic congestion and harmful air pollution in the area by helping people choose sustainable transport modes.

“We’re keeping traffic moving and disruption minimised with temporary, off-peak, lane restrictions for the safety of construction workers when necessary. Most of the construction is away from the road network so there will be sign-posted changes to the pedestrian routes while the upgrades take place.”

The council will be adding shrubs and plants and on the roundabout to improve the look and feel of the area and will form part of a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) to help slow the rate of water entering the drainage network and avoid flooding.

Work is due to be complete by March 2020. Find more information and the latest updates on the works on the Travelwest website.