Published: 29th APRIL 2022

Making the Bristol and Bath Railway Path better 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 closure


Location: Clay Bottom

Duration: Starting on Tuesday 3 May, we expect that this section will be closed for approximately six weeks. 

Diversion: The signposted diversion is via Clay Bottom road. 

A map describing the closure and diversion for works at Clay Bottom in Bristol on the Bristol and Bath Railway Path.

The diversion will be signposted, guiding people around the closure via Clay Bottom road. Map Data © Openstreetmap Contributers. Microsoft, Esri Community Maps Contributors. Map Layer By Esri.

Please note:

  • This diversion requires on-road cycling.
  • The access point linking to Rose Green Road is closed. To get from Rose Green Road to the path, please use the nearby Clay Hill access, or go under the bridge and use the Clay Bottom access.
  • Please follow the signposted diversion around the closure and ensure you do not trespass on the private property of nearby residents.

Upcoming Closure

Whitehall to Clay Bottom – more details coming soon.

Easton to Whitehall - this will be closed for a few off-peak hours during the week commencing Monday 16 May for some outstanding verge works. Date to be confirmed.

Map of diversion route between Easton Community Centre and Johnsons Road, Whitehall.

The signposted diversion to navigate around the Easton to Whitehall closure. Map Data © Openstreetmap Contributers. Microsoft, Esri Community Maps Contributors. Map Layer By Esri.

Check back here for more upcoming closures and diversions as the works progress. 

Frequently asked questions

Why does the path need to be closed?

Due to the restricted width available and the nature of the works, it is not possible to do most of the construction work safely with the path open.

Will the path be open at the weekends and outside of working hours?

The contractor will do their best to open sections whenever possible but unfortunately for safety reasons, it often won’t be possible to re-open sections outside of working hours or at weekends.

Can I still use Newtown Park when that section of path is closed?

Yes, though the stretch of path adjacent to Newtown Park will be closed, along with the compound area, the park will remain open throughout. 

What signs will go up on the upgraded path?

We are in the process of evaluating the Left is Best trial. The outcome will inform the permanent signs that will be installed on this stretch. We will share the results soon.

What will the finished path look like?

Take a look at 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.

In 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, and 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 on Monday 31 January 2022.

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

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

Completion is expected in the summer of 2022.

There are intermittent closures to allow for the series of works and installations to take place.

Where sections of the path are closed, diversions via adjacent streets are signposted.

These guide people from one end of a closure to the other.

Closed sections will be reopened when it is safe to do so but in some cases sections may close again at a later date to allow for the completion of works.

The contractor is minimising the impact on path users and neighbours as much as possible throughout this time 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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