Operational Note: Cumberland Road to close to traffic for two weeks

Operational Note: Cumberland Road to close to traffic for two weeks

Cumberland Road will be closed to traffic for two weeks from next Monday (27 September) to enable the ongoing stabilisation works in the area.

22 September 2021

The road closure is needed to allow working room for specialist equipment required to complete piling work – a process of inserting concrete columns into the ground to create strong foundations.

Traffic at Cumberland Basin and Coronation Road will be diverted, inbound and outbound, with access available for businesses and residents along the road.

The Underfall Yard and Cottage will have access from the west (Cumberland Basin), with SS Great Britain, Baltic Wharf Caravan and Motorhome Club sites retaining access from the east (city centre).

The northern footway will remain open for pedestrians along the whole route. Cyclists will be required to dismount and walk where the works are taking place.

Bus stops on Cumberland Road will not be in use, with services diverted during the works.

During the previous road closure in July, a row of concrete piles was completed which now support Cumberland Road in the area of failure. This new closure is necessary to install further, smaller piles at the narrowest part of the site, which will also help to provide support to the Harbour Railway and Chocolate Path.

These smaller piles will be installed over the complete length of area being stabilised, but this can be done without the full road closure as the site is wider in the remaining area. 

Diversion signs for traffic will be in place during the road closure.

A Bristol City Council spokesperson said:

“We recognise that this will inevitably cause some additional disruption for citizens, for which we apologise. We ask road users to bear with us while we complete the next phase of the vital stabilisation work on Cumberland Road, which is designed to ensure safety and prevent further disruption in the longer term.’’

The Cumberland Road stabilisation project, following the collapse of part of the retaining wall in January of last year, will reduce the risk of future collapses and enable flood defences to be improved to reduce the risk to the road and nearby properties.

It will also allow the Chocolate Path and historic railway line to re-open to the public and the MetroBus scheme to enter full operation, with the work expected to be completed in September 2022.

For up to date travel and bus service information, including MetroBus, visit the Travelwest website.

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