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Conham Road – Cycle Route

Update 6th March 2017:

Philip Wright, Transport Programme Manager overseeing the proposed improvements to walking and cycling infrastructure being delivered through the Cycle Ambition Fund (CAF) grant from the Department for Transport has written:

“The proposed works at Conham Road are not part of the CAF programme, but were being considered to be delivered as part of the local match funding that had been agreed to support CAF in line with our bid to DfT.  These schemes needed to be delivered to meet the CAF timescales, with all works complete by March 2018.  The demands for this match funding are high and tight budgets had to be applied.  The draft budget given to the scheme at Conham Road was based on initial designs.  As more detailed designs developed it rapidly became clear that we would not be able to deliver this scheme within that budget.  The main reason given for the escalation of costs related to the additional requirements to build over the sewer pipe.

The River Avon Path remains a key strategic priority for both walking and cycling and we will continue to work on identifying funding to deliver this missing section of the route. ”

Philip offered Councillor Breckels, the local councillor for St George Troopers Hill,  the opportunity to meet the Bugbears project manager, Gari Garmston, to talk about whether there is a low cost interim option to improve the problems presented by the issues of the blind bend, with no footpath, on Conham Rd.  It may be possible to find money for a small amount of work from the funding pot called “Bugbears”.

An update will be posted after that meeting has taken place.

Update 2nd February 2016:

At the Place Scrutiny Commission meeting of 21st January, Ian Townsend submitted the question “What plans are there to fund the infrastructure required to close the ‘Conham Gap’ to complete a continuous cycle route along the River Avon, now that planning permission for the project has been granted?”

He has reported receiving the following written reply from Bristol City Council

“The funding is available (thanks to the postponed Camden Rd bridge project) and we are going to proceed with the scheme as soon as the land agreements are in place. There are verbal, in principle, agreements already.”

Bristol City Council’s Neighbourhood Officer for St George has confirmed negotiations on land agreements are ongoing.

Update 13th November 2015:

The planning application described below for a cycle route along the Avon Valley through Crews Hole at the ‘Conham Gap’ has now been granted planning permission. As yet there are no funds in place to complete the works but now that planning permission is in place it is hoped that the money can be found.

As part of the the conditions for planning to be granted money will be given for tree planting in the area to mitigate the effect of the tree felling that was necessary to clear the line of the proposed path.

Original post March 2015:

Planning application 15/00645/FB

Planning permission is being sought for a new solution to the ‘Conham Road Gap’ in the cycle route along the Avon Valley through Crews Hole that avoids the need to make any of the road one-way (as was proposed previously).

The new solution is to construct a new path running through the adjacent woods just to the north of Conham Road, more or less along the line of the vestigial works track servicing the Kingswood Sewer man holes.

It involves crossing the road at either end, something which will be effected by raised zebra crossings. These will also make crossing the road safer for pedestrians; the safety of the crossing at the north end has been of particular concern and has become known locally as ‘suicide corner’.

The two raised road crossings will be to the standard details adopted by Bristol City Council for priority crossings on popular walking and cycling routes. At these two locations vehicular traffic will give way to oncoming traffic in order to allow the road to be narrowed so as to secure safe sightlines for the public using the path.

According to the application:
“This route has been made possible by the support of the landowners of the woodland section, John Newlands McCreadie and Francesco Porcaro, and by Wessex Water whose adjacent main sewer has required their careful survey.”


Update – Tree Works

Some tree felling has been carried out in this area recently, we have received the following information from the Council’s planning officer:

“I can advise that they secured a license from the Forestry Commission to carry out the works and required no other planning/tree consents to do so. I have ensured that the further arboricultural information does include the trees removed however and these will be assessed within the application under any mitigation sought in accordance with the Bristol Tree Replacement Standard. As you have noted these are along the alignment of a sewer pipeline and were of limited value given the long-term retention due to future maintenance of this.”


The application has received support from the Bristol Cycling Campaign.

You can see full details and comment on the proposals (for or against) on the Council’s planning online website by looking at planning application 15/00645/FB.

A pdf document with details of the proposal can be seen here.

The images below show the proposed route and the proposed crossings at each end.

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St Anne’s Footbridge Update

St Anne’s Footbridge linking Crews Hole to the shopping area in St Anne’s has been closed since the beginning of June for major repairs, it will remain closed until the end of August.

The engineer for the project has given us the following update:

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The works are progressing very well. The Crew’s Hole Road ramp has been an opportunity to trial various methods in order to agree an effective and safe method of works which will be used for the more critical main span. The main steel members of the ramp are now being prepared for painting which, weather permitting, should take place this week, following which the new deck will be permanently fitted to the ramp.

The next phase of the works will entail the complete removal of the concrete deck from the main span. This will allow us to inspect the condition of the steelwork and decide how to proceed in terms of repair. We should be able to draft a more accurate programme once we have inspected the main steel.

While the bridge is closed pedestrians & cyclists can continue along the river path on either side of the river and cross at Netham.

See our original posting with information about the history of the bridge.

St Anne’s Footbridge to be Closed

The footbridge from Crews Hole to St Anne’s over the River Avon is to be closed for 12 weeks for deck replacement works.


2015_0523_180311Update 26th May

The closure of the bridge will start on Tuesday 2nd June.
The river path to Netham on the Crews Hole side of the river has now been reopened following repairs the collapsing wall which closed the path for 17 months.


20150416_125047The extent of the work required was confirmed following investigations of the deck construction – the holes made as part of the investigation are currently covered by the yellow plates shown in this photo.

20150416_125127As described by the plaque on the bridge (click photo to enlarge) it was constructed in 1957 to replace St Anne’s ferry. The steel work was manufactured by Lysaght’s who had a large works nearby between Feeder Road and Netham Weir, shown here on the Barton Hill History Group website.

Bridge construction 1957 (George Elliott collection)

Bridge construction 1957 (George Elliott collection)

The bridge was floated up the river from the works and supported on barges as it was installed. As well as pedestrians the bridge originally carried pipes taking oil from storage tanks located where Riversway Nursing Home now stands.

While the bridge is closed anyone wishing to cross the river will be able to walk along the riverside path to Netham Lock to cross the lock and the river before returning on the opposite bank. Alternatively you can follow the roads round.

River Avon Path – Work Begins

20150413_123606Part of the River Avon Path through Crews Hole has been closed to pedestrians and cyclists since the end of 2013 due to a collapsing wall.

Work has started today (13th April 2015) on repairs to the wall and if the works go to plan the path should be open by the end of June (and possibly earlier).


Update 27 May
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The path is now open. Work to repair the wall is complete and the path has been cleared of bramble.

St Anne’s footbridge needs to be closed for 12 weeks for deck repairs, this will start on Tuesday 2nd June.



The collapsing wall is owned by the owner of the industrial estate not Bowland Stone or the Council and it is the landowner who is organising the work having agreed the method of construction and design with Council engineers.

The section of path will remain closed with temporary fences at the footbridge and at Netham until the works are complete. Alternative routes are available for pedestrians or cyclists over the footbridge and along the path on the other side of the river, or via the road (see map below). If you find the barriers have been removed please call the Council on 0117 922 2050.

The path is open from the St Anne’s footbridge towards Conham.

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Previous Updates:
Original Posting – January 2014
Update 1 – February 2014
Update 2 – March 2014
Update 3 – June/August 2014
Update 4 – December 2014 / March 2015

River Avon Path Update 4

2014_0601_111409It is now almost 12 months since the River Avon Path through Crews Hole was closed to pedestrians and cyclists.

Unfortunately we still have no date for its reopening.


Update 25 March 2015:

Following the initial clearance work last month, we have now been told that the contractor will start work rebuilding the wall before the end of April. If the works go to plan the path should be open by the end of June at the latest.

Work started 13th April


The latest we have heard from the Council is that:

‘The land owner has agreed to carry out repair work to the wall but has yet to provide timescales. His latest correspondence indicated that the potential contractor has yet to be appointed’.

The wall is owned by the owner of the industrial estate not Bowland Stone or the Council.

This issue was raised in the second part of a statement by Councillor Fabian Breckels to today’s Council meeting (16th December).

The section of path will remain closed with temporary fences at the footbridge and at Netham until the works are complete. Alternative routes are available for pedestrians or cyclists over the footbridge and along the path on the other side of the river, or via the road (see map below). If you find the barriers have been removed please call the Council on 0117 922 2050.

The path is open from the St Anne’s footbridge towards Conham.

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Previous Updates:
Original Posting – January 2014
Update 1 – February 2014
Update 2 – March 2014
Update 3 – June/August 2014

River Avon Path Update 3

2014_0601_111409We are sorry to say that there is still no date fixed for the reopening of the River Avon Path behind Bowland Stone in Crews Hole.

As reported here the path was closed at Christmas because of a wall that was in danger of collapse. Please do not try to use the closed section, there is an alternative route on the other side of the river (see below).


Latest Update – December 2014


*** UPDATE 12 August 2014 ***
There is still no contract in place to repair the wall. We understand that the landowner is seeking a second quote for the work before placing a contract. There is now a formal closure notice in place until 3rd September 2014, but we expect the path to be closed beyond this date.


The wall is owned by the owners of the industrial estate (not Bowland Stone or the Council). The owners have accepted that they are responsible for the repairs and after carrying out some investigations (including trial holes in the path and boreholes behind the wall) they have employed an Engineer to produce a design for the wall to be rebuilt.

The design has now been approved by the Council – who have to be satisfied that the end result will be safe. The landowners are now asking for prices for the work from contractors. In the meantime the landowners have had a temporary scaffold frame designed and installed to prevent the wall from falling. It is this frame that is now blocking the path.

Once a contract is in place we will have a clearer idea of an opening date; when the work starts it should only take a few weeks to complete.

The Council are continuing to pressure the landowner to get the work done as soon as possible. Had the landowners not accepted responsibility then the delay to the opening is likely to have been much longer. There are many retaining walls where legal processes to establish responsibility have taken many months.

The section of path will remain closed with temporary fences at the footbridge and at Netham until the works are complete. Alternative routes are available for pedestrians or cyclists over the footbridge and along the path on the other side of the river, or via the road (see map below). If you find the barriers have been removed please call the Council on 0117 922 2050.

The path is open from the St Anne’s footbridge towards Conham.

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River Avon Path Update 2

As reported here a section of the river path in Crews Hole has had to be closed due to a dangerous wall. Please do not try to use the closed section, there is an alternative route on the other side of the river (see below).


Latest Update – December 2014


The section of wall that was in danger of collapsing on to the path has now been supported with scaffolding; it was necessary to build this on the path and so it is now blocked. A large tree at the top of the wall has been removed and various investigation works have been carried out so that permanent repair works can be designed. The design is now complete and works are expected to start in the next few weeks.

The possibility of contructing a temporay footway / cycleway around the scaffolding to allow the path to re-open before works are completed has been investigated but has been found not to be practical.

The Council has provided the following information:

The land owner provided a proposal to install a temporary structure around the base of the scaffold. Following a review of this proposal with our Highways Team, it has been decided not to go ahead with installing it for timing, practical and cost reasons.

The wall repair and bank stabilisation specifications are being approved by our Engineering Consultant and the land owner’s agent is in the process commissioning a contractor to undertake the work. We are in the process of extending the footpath closure until 23rd May when we estimate that the work to the wall will be complete and signed off as safe.

Please do pass on our apologies for inconvenience caused and assure your community that we are doing all we can to make the pathway safe and get it open as soon as possible.

The section of path will remain closed with temporary fences at the footbridge and at Netham until the works are complete. Alternative routes are available for pedestrians or cyclists over the footbridge and along the path on the other side of the river, or via the road (see map below). If you find the barriers have been removed please call the Council on 0117 922 2050.

The path is open from the St Anne’s footbridge towards Conham.

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River Avon Path Update

As reported here a section of the river path in Crews Hole has had to be closed due to a dangerous wall.

The path is likely to remain closed until at least the end of March. This is for your own safety as the wall is in danger of collapse. If you find the barriers have been removed please call the Council on 0117 922 2050.


Latest Update – December 2014


The path was closed just before Christmas and since then the landowners have been working to design the necessary work to make the wall safe. The wall is below Bowland Stone and there is danger of a large land slip if the wall collapses. The land needs to be supported while the wall is rebuilt. The landowner has accepted responsibility for repairing the wall and will be organising the repair work.

Some preparatory work has been carried out this week with the drilling of a borehole to confirm the ground conditions behind the wall. A large tree at the top of the wall has also been removed.

The path here is a public right of way and the Council has issued a temporary closure notice for the section of path concerned. The current notice is valid for three weeks until the 2nd March but it is very likely that this will need to be extended (temporary closures have to be renewed every three weeks).

The section of path will remain closed with temporary fences at the footbridge and at Netham until the works are complete. Alternative routes are available for pedestrians or cyclists over the footbridge and along the path on the other side of the river, or via the road (see map below).

The path is open from the St Anne’s footbridge towards Conham, though this might be flooded from time to time especially at high tides. You can see the river level at Netham Weir here.

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River Avon Path

2014-01-05PathBarrierA section of the River Avon path in Crews Hole from the footbridge to Netham Lock (behind Bowland Stone) has been closed due to the risk of falling masonry from a wall above the path.


Latest Update – December 2014


Bristol City council were alerted to the condition of the wall on Christmas Eve and immediately put barriers in place to close the path. More substantial fencing and improved signs will be installed on Tuesday 11th January.

A meeting has been arranged between the Council, the land owners and a structural engineer to examine the wall and agree a plan of action to make the wall safe and reopen the path. Following that meeting we will have a better idea as to how long the closure will need to be in place and will update this website.

In the meantime please do not try to use this section of path. Alternative routes are available either via the road around the front of Bowland Stone or via the path on the St Anne’s side of the river by crossing the footbridge (see map below).

If you are driving through Crews Hole please be aware that there are likely to be extra cyclists using the road past Bowland Stone while the closure is in place.

The remainder of the path from the footbridge towards Conham is unaffected and remains open, though over the Christmas period parts of this have been impassable from time to time due to flooding from the river. Please do not use this path if it is flooded.

The Harbour Office have asked us to pass on their apologies for any inconvenience caused by the closure and have assured us that they are working to get the path open as soon as possible.
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