Bristol cyclists and pedestrians are to benefit from a vital new link to the city’s transport network after plans to build a new bridge across the New Cut were given the go ahead.
The £3.2million Camden Road Bridge (pdf) will run across the New Cut to reflect the natural flow of walkers and cyclists and has been carefully designed to be both functional and in keeping with other bridges in the city.
It will be the first crossing of the New Cut to be designed with cycling and walking in mind and serving an area with high rates of active travel.
The bridge falls 2.4 metres from Coronation Road to the Chocolate Path and reflects the local geography by enabling a continuous gradient under the existing Cumberland Road Bridge.
It also creates a direct traffic free link to the M Shed museum and connects with planned improvements at Wapping Road and Prince Street to make a completely off-road connection into the centre.
Jon Usher, Sustrans’ Project Manager for the scheme said:
“This exciting new bridge is the centre piece of the Ambition Fund project, which is improving the walking and cycling connections around the New Cut. This new bridge is demonstrating Bristol’s commitment to being European Green Capital in 2015 by developing demonstration projects across the city.”
“High quality infrastructure is key to getting more people to walk and cycle whether aged 8 or 80 to benefit their health and our environment.”
The project will coincide with the first installation of new lighting technology which is used in Copenhagen to encourage faster cyclists to slow their pace. The “green wave” lights will coordinate with the signals at the crossroads on Coronation Road so that cyclists flow more smoothly through the junction.
“We want even more of you to choose to cycle or walk around the city so we need to continue to invest in high quality infrastructure like this to make active transport an attractive prospect and a better experience.
“The health and wellbeing benefits of walking and cycling are well documented but there is a real cost benefit to the city too. The Department for Transport has already assessed our Cycling Ambition Project and found that it will save Bristol over £5 for every £1 invested locally.
“The new bridge will establish a convenient connection to the north of the city for people living in south Bristol. Importantly, it will also be wide enough for both cyclists and pedestrians to share comfortably.”
The new bridge will also provide a meeting and contemplative space with a landscaped northern landing which incorporating terraced seating areas as part of the project.
Bristol is making significant investment in cycling infrastructure and initiatives to make it a viable travel option, reduce congestion, improve air quality and the health of residents. £11m will be invested through the Cycling Ambition Fund over the next five years building on the £23.6m Cycling City programme between 2008-11.