Traffic ban now permanent

BRISTOL City Council is celebrating the permanent pedestrianisation of Cotham Hill.

It said the £645,000 scheme was “materially complete” before Christmas although there were still “some finishing touches to make, including installing bins, cycle stands, and a small section of cycle lane between Woodland Road and Hampton Road”.

The ban on motor vehicles, which grew out of a temporary scheme in 2021, aims to make it safer to walk, wheel, and cycle, reducing air pollution.

Cabinet councillor Don Alexander said: “By permanently closing some sections of the road to traffic, we have created a safer and more accessible environment for everyone while supporting local businesses to use outdoor space.

“The transformation of Cotham Hill aligns with our broader vision to promote active travel, manage traffic sustainably, and enhance the overall quality of life of our residents. It is one of a number of pedestrianisation schemes we are investing in, including in the Old City and on Princess Victoria Street, both of which will be made permanent.”

The scheme is funded by the Department for Transport and  administered by West of England Combined Authority. 

Next month, work will begin on improvements along Park Row, Perry Road, Upper Maudlin Street and Colston Street.

Cllr Alexander said that during the work, which will take up to a year, the council will try to keep two-way traffic as much as possible and keep disruption to a minimum. Access to businesses along Park Row and nearby will be maintained.”