Published: 19th DECEMBER 2019

Making the Bristol and Bath Railway Path better for all

The One Path: BS5 project seeks to build on the success of the Bristol and Bath Railway Path, while addressing issues that sometimes arise on one of its busiest stretches.

One Path: BS5 Project

Sustrans in partnership with Bristol City Council has been awarded funding from the Department for Transport to improve the Bristol and Bath Railway path. The project will focus on a 1.7-mile section of the path, between Clay Bottom and Trinity Street.

Through a series of workshops and surveys, we are seeking input from the community on the changes they want to see.

We need your views - Take part in the survey

Below you will find a link to download the concept design sketches that were presented on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 December 2019.

Download the design concepts (pdf)

Take the survey: Provide feedback on the design concepts

The design concepts have been developed following extensive engagement with the local community – but nothing is decided yet. We are still considering all options as we gather feedback including widening, with further refinement to come in collaboration with the community during workshops to be held in February 2020.

We want to know what you think of these initial ideas and would welcome your feedback. Please download the design concepts and let us know what you think by completing the short survey.

The community vision

We are committed to a Bristol and Bath Railway Path that is a safe space: a park, path and place for all users, by foot or by wheel, enabling healthy lifestyles in a green and biodiverse corridor linking the two cities and communities across the West of England Combined Authority.

We will work with all of the communities who use the Bristol and Bath Railway Path to redesign and reshape it so that its value to people, wildlife, its localities and the region as a whole is enhanced and protected for generations to come.

What’s happening?

You will notice some banners and plaques appearing on the path, containing keywords and phrases that help path users to think about the path. These words are based on user surveys that were carried out in 2018.

Use the words as prompts to start conversations with your friends and family, about what you think of the path, your experience of using it, and things you think could be improved.

In a series of community workshops, we are helping local people get involved with discovering the issues, co-creating and prioritising solutions, and then refining those solutions.

These will then be worked into a technical design that Sustrans and Bristol City Council will look to deliver by early 2021.

October 2019: Stage 1 of 3 community co-discover workshops

Focused on finding out what the local community and path users think about the path.

  • Thursday 17 October, 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Hannah Moore’s School, St. Philips
  • Friday 18 October, 3:30 – 6:30 pm at Easton Community Centre
  • Monday 21 October, 3:30 – 7:00 pm at Rose Green Centre

Community inception meeting

  • Friday 18 October, 7:00 pm at Easton Community Centre  

November 2019: Stage 2 of 3 community co-discover workshops

A fun and hands-on chance for the community to bring ideas on how the path experience can be improved for everyone.

  • Thursday 07 November, 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Hannah More School, St. Philips
  • Monday 11 November, 5.15 – 7:00 pm at Easton Community Centre
  • Tuesday 12 November, 3:30 – 7:00 pm at Rose Green Centre    

February 2020

The next workshop dates will be in February and dates will be confirmed early in the new year.

How do I get involved?


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