Published: 6th APRIL 2023

Improving the Bristol and Bath Railway Path for all

One Path BS5 is a collaborative design project for the Bristol and Bath Railway Path. It seeks to address issues that sometimes arise on the very busy 1.5-mile stretch of the traffic-free path between Clay Bottom and Trinity Street.

Sustrans staff pose with local residents by the side of the Bristol and Bath Railway Path, holding a public consultation banner.

Current works

After a summer of behind-the-scenes progress and some smaller elements on site, we are nearing completion of the improvement works.

We are installing a series of ground markings and patterns at and around access points and junctions.

This work began in the week commencing Monday 16 October.

Being weather dependent, it was not possible to complete it at the time.

The final patterns will be installed when the weather allows.

This will not require path closures but stretches will be temporarily narrower as the contractor cones off areas to do the work.

Please be mindful of people working on the path and take care when passing.

If you’d like to know more about the patterns and markings that will be installed, please see the path designs below.

More about the One Path: BS5 project

The Bristol and Bath Railway Path has been meeting the needs of the local BS5 community for over 40 years.

It provides a much-loved inner-city green space to enjoy, travel, rest, socialise and reflect in.

In recent years, the popularity of the path has led to issues of conflict between some path users.

Some people have been put off using the path as it’s not felt accessible to them.

As part of this project, Sustrans has been working in partnership with Bristol City Council and the communities who use and live near the railway path to find solutions.

The project is funded by the Department for Transport through our Paths For Everyone programme, with a contribution from Bristol City Council.

Through a series of workshops, surveys, online and in-person sessions, we worked with different communities to design the solutions required between Clay Bottom and Trinity Street.

The aim of this project is to make the path a safer more inclusive space where no one is excluded.


About the project works

Work began in January 2022 to deliver these solutions.

The busy stretch of the Bristol and Bath Railway Path between Trinity Street and Clay Bottom is being upgraded in sections.

Once complete, improvements will make the space safer and more accessible for everyone.

The contractor is minimising the impact on path users and neighbours as much as possible throughout but please allow extra time for your journeys.

Front cover of document. Title says One Path BS5 Designs. Silhouette images of different types of people using the path for different reasons.

Take a look at the final designs for the One Path: BS5 project

Download the low-resolution final designs (9MB)

Download the text-only final designs (1MB)

If you’d like to get in touch about this project, please email


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