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Three central Bristol streets will be temporarily closed to traffic from next week – as part of the council’s plan to make them more “pedestrian-friendly”.
Following discussions with local businesses and communities, King Street, Clare Street and Corn Street, will be closed to traffic from Friday 3 July.
The Bristol Street Space programme is one of the council’s transport projects which has been accelerated because of the coronavirus pandemic.
It will offer more space for social distancing around the city and support businesses as they begin to re-open.
Work includes the widening of pavements, the suspension of some parking bays and some road closures.
The three streets will be open for vehicle access only between 5.30am and 10:30am, to allow for deliveries to local businesses.
But Bristol City Council says it is working with local businesses to ensure access for disabled users is available at all times – including the installation of additional disabled bays.
The programme is part of on-going work across the city for safer and better public transport, cleaner air and improved walking and cycling routes.
It comes at a time when Central Government has also announced additional funding of £2bn for walking and cycling projects.
Cabinet Member for Transport and Energy, Cllr Kye Dudd, said: “…I would like to thank the local businesses and Bristol’s communities for their continued engagement to help develop these plans and bring them forward during this difficult time.
“We firmly believe these changes will offer significant long-term benefits for the people and businesses in the area, and appreciate everyone’s co-operation while these measures are put in place.
‘’This initial phase of road closures will use a temporary traffic regulation order in first instance, with the view to make permanent changes as part of the wider Old City pedestrianisation project.”
As well as pedestrianising the Old City other projects include prioritising pedestrians and cyclists across Bristol Bridge.
Many of the schemes were previous mapped out in the regional Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan. See https://www.knowlewest.co.uk/council-unveils-improvements-for-safer-travel-in-bristol/