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.

Local residents let us know their thoughts about the Bristol and Bath Railway Path at our community engagement events

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 focuses on a 1.7-mile section of the path, between Clay Bottom and Trinity Street.

Through a series of workshops and surveys, we are working with the community on the changes they want to see to the path.

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

Latest project news

We’ve closed the latest round of consultation on the designs, and would like to say great big thank you to everyone who commented, either at the public event or through the online survey.

We’re now busy working with Bristol City Council to refine the designs further, based on everybody’s feedback, to get them ready for the approval process.

In the meantime we’re asking school children in East Bristol to help us with a ‘Pattern and Place’ project to explore local identity and influence designs for patterns and signage on the paths.

We’ve put together a project children can complete from home during the covid-19 lockdown. Take a look at the materials below. And if you’ve got children at school in East Bristol, please do encourage them to take part. The more the merrier!

Pattern and Place Project for school children in East Bristol

Download our Pattern and Place Project presentation and project summary for everything you need for your children to take part in the project and influence designs and signage on the path.

Download the project presentation (ppt)

Download the project summary (pdf)

Background information

These technical documents have informed the designs that are currently being considered.

  • Feasibility study: this sets out the engineering opportunities and constraints at different points along the path. This includes ecological considerations, for example protected wildlife habitats, and topographical constraints
  • Topographical survey information: this is an accurate physical site assessment that shows where features - like trees and lamp posts - are located along the path. It also shows site boundaries
  • User count data: this is an open data set that shows the number of people using the path at the Whitehall section
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