First Bus has confirmed further changes to the existing diversion routes in place because of the Redcliffe Bascule Bridge closure. The key route is closed for more than two months up until October 9 to allow for repair works.
Bristol City Council has said that extensive repairs are needed for the bridge over Bristol’s floating harbour, which is expected to take ten weeks. However, there will continue to be some disruption once the bridge reopens for road use including some lane closures and temporary traffic signals.
The 80-year-old bridge, which connects Redcliffe to Welsh Back near Queen Square, completely closed from Monday, August 1, while contractors Alun Griffiths fixes the machinery which opens and closes it.
A huge list of First Bus services have been affected by the works already, but now further services are being amended accordingly due to the repairs.
A spokesperson for First Bus said: “From 7am Tuesday, August 30, services 23, 24, 71, 75, 76, 90, A1 m1, m2 and Brislington Park and Ride will serve Broad Quay as normal then divert via Marsh Lane, Baldwin Street, Bristol Bridge and Redcliff Street to resume normal routes at Redcliffe roundabout.
“No bus stops for services 23, 24, 71, 5, 76 and 90 will be missed. Regretfully the bus stop on Queen Square (Q1) for Metrobus m1 and m2 will not be served and passengers are advised to board or alight at C5 on Broad Quay.”
First Bus has shared the list below of all the other changes in place throughout the Redcliffe Bascule Bridge closure:
Services 24, 70, 71, 73, 75, 76, 90 and Metrobus m1
Services 24, 70 (evening journeys that start at Temple Meads Station), 71, 73, 75, 76, 90 and Metrobus m1 heading towards The Centre from Bedminster/Temple Meads, when reaching Redcliffe Roundabout, will operate via Redcliff Street, Victoria Street, Bristol Bridge, Baldwin Street and Marsh Street to resume their normal routes at Broad Quay/The Centre. (The 23 and m2 are able to operate their normal route towards the City Centre.)
No bus stops will be missed during this closure except on service m1, which won’t be able to serve the Queen Square stop (Q2) on Prince Street – passengers are advised to board or alight at bus stop C2 on The Centre instead for this service.
Services 70 and 73
Services 70 and 73 when heading towards Temple Meads will divert via Bridewell Street, Nelson Street, Fairfax Street, Broad Weir, Bristol Bridge and Victoria Street to Temple Meads.
Passengers heading towards Temple Meads are advised to board or alight at Wine Street (top of Union Street – B18), R9 (just prior to traffic lights) and R7 (outside of the hotel) on Victoria Street or Temple Meads.
Services 39, X39, 349 and Brislington Park and Ride service
Services 39, X39 and 349 heading towards Bristol from Temple Meads will divert via Victoria Street, Bristol Bridge, High Street, Wine Street, Union Street, Rupert Street, St Johns Bridge and Lewins Mead to Bristol Bus Station.
Services 39, X39 and 349 from the Bus Station/The Haymarket will divert via Bridewell Street, Nelson Street, Fairfax Street, Newgate, Wine Street, High Street, Bristol Bridge and Victoria Street to resume normal routes at Temple Meads.
The bus stops on Redcliffe Way (T3, R4, R5) and Broad Quay (C1/C3/C6) will not be served in either direction.
Passengers heading towards Bristol are advised to board or alight at the bus stop T2 at Temple Meads just prior to the turning into Victoria Street, R6 (Tony Benn House) and R8 (Bristol Bridge) on Victoria Street, Wine Street (top of Union Street – B17) or the Bus Station.
Passengers heading towards Bath, Keynsham or Brislington Park and Ride are advised to board or alight at the Wine Street (top of Union Street – B18), R9 (just prior to traffic lights) and R7 (outside of the hotel) on Victoria Street or Temple Meads T1 bus stops (39, X39, 349 only).
The Brislington Park and Ride service will not stop on T1 at Temple Meads, only the bus stops on Victoria Street.
Service A1 (Airport Flyer service)
Service A1 (Airport Flyer service) heading towards Bristol Bus Station will operate the normal route to Temple Meads Station, then divert via Victoria Street, Bristol Bridge, High Street, Wine Street, Union Street, St John’s Bridge and then the normal route into the bus station.
The stops at Queen Square (Q2) and The Centre (C2) will not be served. Buses will additionally serve one stop on the diversion: Bristol Bridge stop R8 (on Victoria Street).
Service A1 (Airport Flyer service) from 07:00 Monday 30th August will serve Broad Quay and divert via Marsh Lane, Baldwin Street and Victoria Street (will observe the R9 bus stop on Victoria Street).