New proposal to make Bristol’s Old City pedestrian-friendly

Busy traffic on Corn Street, Bristol

Bristol City Council is seeking views on a new proposal to pedestrianise the Old City in Bristol, as part of ongoing plans to improve the area. 

The council wants to make the area pedestrian-friendly by restricting vehicles during core shopping hours to encourage walking and cycling, reduce air pollution and make more street space available for commercial and cultural activities.

“The Old City area is such an important part of Bristol’s history, and at a time when retail is threatened by weakening high street sales, it’s important that we help local businesses thrive as much as possible.

Giving pedestrians and cyclists exclusive access to the Old City area during set times each day will help to create a welcoming space where people can spend more time. More useable street space will also make it possible for more outdoor social and cultural activities to be held, boosting footfall to the area.

We are at a very early stage of developing our ideas to pedestrianise the area, and by gathering feedback we can design a more detailed proposal that will work as well as possible for everyone.”

Councillor Kye Dudd Cabinet Member for Transport

Corn Street, Broad Street, St Nicholas Street and Small Street are the roads which are being considered for pedestrianisation. Essential vehicles such as the emergency services would continue to have access and other vehicles arrangements will be considered as the proposals for the area are developed.

The survey will be open until Friday 20 March.

To view the proposal and to comment on the plans, please complete the feedback survey.