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Bathurst Basin Bridge

Bristol

Following the successful award of our project at Ashton Avenue Swing Bridge, VolkerLaser are continuing renovation of Bristol's bridge network through essential civil engineering works at Bathurst Basin.

Key facts

  • Construction of a new road bridge
  • 3.5 metre shared cycling and walking path
  • New safer crossings
  • Removal of the Lousiana roundabout

August 2016 will see VolkerLaser start construction for MetroBus on a new bridge in Bathurst Basin. The new bridge will run alongside the existing bridge which takes Commercial Road over the Bathurst Basin. The new bridge will include a new 3.5 metre shared cycling and walking path, providing the missing link between existing paths on Commercial Road and Cumberland Road. As well as constructing the new bridge and path, we are installing new crossings that will make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists to travel between Cumberland Road, Bathurst Basin Parade, Wapping Road and Commercial Road.

The MetroBus scheme

MetroBus is a new express bus service that’s coming to the West of England region. MetroBus is a form of high capacity rapid public transport found in urban areas. It’s a smarter way of travelling that uses a combination of segregated busways and bus lanes. MetroBus has been designed to fit in between local bus and rail travel, providing rapid and reliable journeys to destinations not easily reached by rail.

The nearest MetroBus stops in your area will be at Wapping Wharf and Gaol Ferry Bridge. MetroBus will provide fast and frequent services to Temple Meads, Bristol city centre, Ashton Vale, Bishopsworth and Hengrove. You’ll also be able to connect to MetroBus services to the University of the West of England in Frenchay, Emersons Green, Bradley Stoke and Cribbs Causeway.

Road closure for new MetroBus bridge on Bathurst Basin

Friday 18 August (7pm) to Monday 21 August (6am)

To lift the beams for the new bridge into place, the existing bridge will be closed from Friday 18 August (7pm) to Monday 21 August (6am).

The following roads will also be closed to motorists, pedestrians and cyclists:

  • Cumberland Road from Gaol Ferry Bridge to the roundabout on Bathurst Basin
  • Commercial Road
  • The approach to Bathurst Roundabout from Wapping Road
  • Old Bathurst Swing Bridge

During the road closure

Prince Street Bridge will provide the main access route in and out of Wapping Road and the residential areas and business that lead off it. This is a
temporary arrangement in place for the weekend.
• Traffic lights will be in place to allow traffic to take turns over Prince Street Bridge in both directions.
• Walking and cycling routes across Prince Street Bridge will be maintained.
• Access will be maintained for residents of Francombe House and the Iron Foundry on Commercial Road.
• Pedestrians and cyclists will be diverted via Gaol Ferry Steps, Bathurst Parade and Lower Guinea Street.
• The footpath from Lower Guinea Street to Bedminster Bridge will remain open for pedestrians.

During the road closure we will also resurface part of Commercial Road.

Weather permitting and subject to no unforeseen delays, our contractors expect they’ll be able to reopen the roads by the evening on Sunday 20 August.

New bridge on Bathurst Basin

The new bridge will run alongside the existing bridge which takes Commercial Road over the Bathurst Basin at the eastern end of Cumberland Road, opposite the Louisiana pub.

The new bridge will include a new 3.5 metre shared cycling and walking path. This new path will provide the missing link between the existing paths on Commercial Road and Cumberland Road.

As well as constructing the new bridge and path, MetroBus is building new crossings that will make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists to travel between Cumberland Road, Bathurst Basin Parade, Wapping Road and Commercial Road.

The bridge will open to traffic in the autumn.

More information

If you have any queries about the bridge and the road works please contact Volker Laser at enquiries@volkerlaser.co.uk

Facts and figures

  • Client
    Bristol City Council
  • Value
    1.78 million
  • Duration
    August 2016 - Ongoing
  • Project categories
    Bridges

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