Thank you for taking the time to read our ninth email update on the Temple Gate roadworks. We will be sending one of these updates every month, providing the latest information about changes to the road network and some general information about the scheme.
Work on the Temple Gate scheme started on 26 June 2017 and is due to finish by Autumn 2018. The path around Fowlers Garage near Bath Bridge junction has been completed, as has the path from Temple Gate onto Cattle Market Road. A district heating main has been successfully installed in the Friary. Drainage work on Temple Street and Victoria Street is ongoing, as is the construction of a traffic island on York Road.
The path near Fowlers being finalised
New and updated restrictions and changes to access:
UPDATED: Victoria Street has been closed inbound since 14 January and the closure will remain in place for at least 6 weeks. Buses that usually travel down Victoria Street from the Temple Circus Roundabout are being diverted as follows:
The recommended diversion route for other road users wanting to travel inbound on Victoria Street is shown on the below diagram:
Temple Street is will reopen when the drainage works on Victoria Street have been completed. Until it has reopened, access to the 100 Temple Street car park will be maintained via Canynge Street, and pedestrian and step-free access to the building will be maintained as usual. The parking bays on Victoria Street remain suspended.
UPDATED: Only be one lane has been running eastbound from York Road onto the Bath Bridge roundabout since 22 January, and this will be in place for at least 6 weeks. Various other works unrelated to the Temple Gate project are taking place on York Road at the same time (pedestrian / cycle crossing improvements, drainage and utilities), the details of which can be found on roadworks.org.
Ongoing restrictions and changes to access:
Work on the southbound bus stop (Tg) on Temple Gate, located between Station Approach and Cattle Market Road, is due to finish by the end of March 2018. The nearest bus stops for the affected bus services are shown on the map below. Please note that the 904 Brislington Park and Ride service will no longer stop outside Engine Shed (Te). Cattle Market Road will also remain closed during this time.
The Friary, from its junction with the roundabout to the turning into the Temple Quay car park, will now remain closed for the duration of the works programme. This is allowing deep drainage works to be carried out and heat networks to be installed. Access to the Temple Quay car park shall be maintained via Temple Back East. Please note that there will be no impact to the existing access to the Temple Meads Station car park, which is via the Temple Meads approach ramp, and exit from the same will be maintained via the Friary.
From late October 2017 for four months, the footpath around the edge of the Temple Circus gyratory (where the Friary meets Temple Gate) will be closed to enable carriageway widening works. Pedestrians will be diverted around the site.
Pedestrian diversions around the Brunel Mile, with some crossing facilities relocated. These are signposted on site.
Lane narrowing on Temple Way and Victoria Street narrowed to one lane when approaching and exiting the gyratory;
No vehicular access to the land between the Grosvenor Hotel and George & Railway buildings;
Closure of all cycle lanes through the area due to the reduced road space available during the works;
Closure of the south side of the Temple Circus roundabout to simplify traffic movements during the works. Traffic from the north will no longer be able to turn right into Victoria St from Temple Way and traffic exiting from the Friary will no longer be able to turn right onto Temple Way or straight on to Victoria Street.
Changes to lane restrictions on the roundabout (as far as possible two lanes of traffic will continue to run during peak hours).
Re-signalling in the Bristol area this Easter
Passenger journeys from Bristol will be transformed from 2019, with two direct services per hour to London and journey times reduced by up to 17 minutes on newer, better trains with 24% more capacity. This is being made possible thanks to a major signalling upgrade in and around Bristol Temple Meads this Easter, combined with the building of two new tracks along Filton bank at the end of 2018. The £130m signalling upgrade is Network Rail’s biggest ever re-signalling project, and a crucial part of its Railway Upgrade Plan. It will take around 500 railway staff to complete it, working over a 5-day period from Good Friday (30 March) through to, and including, Tuesday 3 April. Passengers are advised to plan ahead as there will be no trains to, from, or through Bristol Temple Meads throughout this period. The below map shows which routes are open.
Buses replace trains at affected stations but services will be busy, especially on Tuesday 3 April.
Passengers are advised to check journeys closer to the time at www.gwr.com/check
For more information about the upgrade: www.networkrail.co.uk/bristol-upgrades
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