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Cleveland Bridge renovation project

Information for motorists

If you want to use a car or light goods vehicle to get around Bath while Cleveland Bridge repairs are taking place, you will probably need to allow extra time for your journey.

Cleveland Bridge will remain closed to HGVs but will re-open to vehicles under two metres in width and emergency vehicles from 25th October 2021. All other vehicles will need to follow these diversions.

For journeys within Bath

Map showing A40 and A36 diversions around Bath City Centre

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The signed diversion for light vehicles bypasses the city centre, following the A4 (Roman Road, George Street, Queen Street, Charlotte Street and Upper Bristol Road) and A36 (Lower Bristol Road, Claverton Street, Rossiter Road and Pulteney Road). 

For essential access only, you can use central routes via Corn Street, Charles Street and Monmouth Place to the West or Manvers Street, Pierrepont Street and High Street/Grand Parade to the East. Please note that there are time restrictions on access to Milsom Street and Northgate, and that only buses and taxis can drive on Pulteney Bridge at any time.

For through-traffic (motorway-permitted vehicles)

Regional diversions around Bath, using

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  • Southbound: Take M4 Junction 19, and follow A4174 Bristol Ring Road east, via Emerson's Green, to Hicks Gate roundabout; then take A4 towards Bath. Follow signs for A36.
  • Northbound: Follow A36, then take A4 west via Saltford to Hicks Gate roundabout. Take A4174 towards M32, to join M4 at Junction 19.  

Finding another way to travel

For many short journeys, walking, cycling or public transport may offer a simpler and quicker option. We recommend planning your trip in advance, to save time and trouble, and avoid congested roads.

Use our journey planner

How we will minimise the impact

We plan to reduce any negative impacts on road congestion in the following ways:

  • We intend to work with major businesses and employers in the city to manage the impact of traffic diverting from the A36 into the city centre.

  • We will be encouraging people to use public transport, walk or cycle for local journeys, where this is a safe and practical alternative.

  • We will provide signing to deter large vehicles from using the A420 as a diversion route through South Gloucestershire.

  • We will also monitor the behaviour of traffic during the bridge closure, so that we can make changes to our traffic management plan if possible, to reduce adverse effects.

Keeping in touch

You can keep up to date by visiting our newsroom or following us on twitter.

If you need to contact us about the refurbishment, please use the dedicated email address for this project