Update 1st February
Latest from Bristol City Council: The bridge will be reopened to vehicular traffic for 07.00 on Thursday 2nd February. The waterproofing and associated works to the carriageway of Brislington New Bridge are currently being completed.
There has been a delay of 3 days to the programme which was due to the cold wet weather postponing repairs to the reinforced concrete and the subsequent spraying of the waterproof membrane.
Update 23rd January
Bristol City Council emailed an update about Brislington New Bridge:
“The works were delayed by one week due to the wet cold weather over the last fortnight holding up the spraying of the waterproofing membrane. This is now complete, kerbs are being reinstalled and the resurfacing is due to take place on Monday (weather permitting), following which the expansion joints will be able to be cut and fitted.
We are therefore running one week behind schedule and are hoping to be open for the 3rd Feb, weather permitting.”
With regard to the bridge over Netham Lock the email read:
“The works to Netham Lock East bridge were postponed for budget reasons.”
Update: 23rd December
Information now available from First on diversion for service 36 – info
Update: 20th December
We have received the following from BCC Bridges & Highways Structures team:
Netham Lock East Bridge is due to be resurfaced and the carriageways and abutments of Brislington New Bridge are due to be waterproofed and resurfaced, with new expansion joints fitted at both ends.
The nature of the works is such that certain activities are very weather-dependent. The exact condition of the deck of Brislington New Bridge underneath the road surfacing is unknown, but it is likely to need repair, the extent of which will only be discovered when the surfacing is removed. Any delays thus incurred are likely to extend the overall programme. If the works proceed in advance of the programme then the closures will be lifted early.
The intended programme is as follows:
3rd January – Netham Lock East Bridge and Brislington New Bridge will be completely closed to vehicular traffic. Netham Lock East Bridge will also be closed to pedestrians. The junction of Netham Road and Feeder Road will operate under 2-way signals.
11th / 12th January – Netham Lock East Bridge will be reopened and used for Netham Road southbound traffic only. Netham Lock West Bridge will be used for Netham Road northbound traffic only so the junction will operate without signals while Brislington New Bridge remains closed.
Brislington New Bridge will be closed for approximately 4 weeks in total, after which the operation of the junction of Netham Road and Feeder Road will revert back to the existing permanent signal control.
The footways of Brislington New Bridge will remain open for the duration of the works, and the diversion route for general traffic will be via Whitby Road / Albert Road / Albert Crescent / Short Street / Feeder Road. The diversion routes for HGVs will avoid this route due to the low bridges and are shown on the attached plan.
36 Bus Route (updated 7th Dec)
First Bus have said (via twitter) that details of the diversion route for the 36 bus will be posted on their website once their Network Team have finalised them, they will be available at:
The New Brislington Bridge is the concrete bridge linking Netham to St Anne’s at the end of Feeder Road so its closure is likely to cause some major disruption to traffic.
Motor vehicles will have to go round via St Philips and Whitby Road (blue line on the image below). There will be a much longer diversion for high vehicles because of the railway bridges. The weight restrictions on some roads in St Anne’s will be lifted while the bridge is closed to allow heavy vehicles to use them.
The bridge over Netham Lock is the one used by traffic coming from St George and turning left towards St Anne’s, so this bridge would not normally be in use while the New Brislington Bridge is closed. When this bridge is closed all traffic will have to use the other bridge.
The offical notice about the closure can be seen here and was published in the Bristol Post. This notice allows the work to be carried out at any time in the eighteen months after 5th December. Signs will be put up giving advance notice of the closure.
Update 15th December:
Signs on the bridge say the closure will be in place for 4 weeks.
We have asked BCC to confirm this.
Update 2nd December:
The proposed maintenance works to Brislington New Bridge which were expected to start on the 5th December have been postponed until after Christmas.
The works have been re-programmed to commence on Tuesday the 3rd January and will be run in conjunction with maintenance works to Netham Lock East Bridge (Netham Road).
Both bridges will therefore be closed on Tuesday the 3rd January. The precise programme for the works is yet to be finalised and we will be in touch again once this is agreed.
The footways of Brislington New Bridge will remain open for the duration of the works, and the diversion route for general traffic will be via Whitby Road / Albert Road / Albert Crescent / Short Street / Feeder Road, see link at the bottom of this post.
UPDATE 28 November:
The works to Brislington New Bridge have been postponed until the New Year. The closure of the bridge will therefore not be implemented on the 5th December.
Signs are now in place saying the New Brislington Bridge will be closed from 5th December, we have asked for confirmation of this from Bristol City Council.
Original Post 22nd November
The road bridge linking St George to St Anne’s is to be closed for 1-2 weeks for repairs but the start date has not been fixed yet. Work will be carried out on one bridge and then the other. Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to use the foot bridge further east between Crews Hole and St Anne’s shops.