The head of the council provokes a row after finally admitting that a new bridge is needed over the New Cut

The construction of a new bridge over the New Cut River Avon should be seriously considered, according to Bristol City Council’s head of transport. Cllr Don Alexander concluded after sharing an update that the work to repair the Gaol Ferry Bridge would take longer and cost more money than previously thought, because the condition of the bridge was worse than expected.

Repair work on the 1930s suspension bridge is now expected to take a full year or more, and it won’t be open before the end of summer at the earliest, which Cllr Alexander acknowledged would be a blow to people. of Bedminster and Southville and the businesses in Wapping Wharf that have been severely affected by their closure.

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But Cllr Alexander also added that a new bridge was something he was now in favor of, after realizing how well used the existing bridges across the New Cut are. Planning permission for a new bridge over the New Cut on Camden Road in Southville was granted in 2015, but it was a project that did not survive the transition between the George Ferguson administration and the work of Marvin Rees in 2016.

At present there are only three pedestrian and cycle bridges from south Bristol to the city centre: the Vauxhall Bridge at the western end of Spike Island, the Gaol Ferry Bridge from Southville to Wapping Wharf and the Langton Street Bridge, better known as Banana Bridge. – from the eastern end of Bedminster to Redcliffe.

Other bridges spanning the New Cut include the Ashton Swing Bridge, which was restored and reopened in 2018 to carry pedestrians, cyclists and the Metrobus m2 from Ashton Gate to the Cumberland Basin, and the road bridges at Brunel Way, Bedminster Bridge and Bath Road. Bridge.

Where a fourth footbridge would be created is not something Cllr Alexander has entered into, but he said he thought it was necessary, given the number of people now walking and cycling through the New Cut.


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