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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. From mid-April to mid-May, and mid-August to October, you will be able to cross the bridge, but traffic signals will be in operation, meaning that traffic will be moving more slowly. Between mid-May and mid-August, the bridge will be closed to all motor traffic except emergency vehicles, and so you will need to follow a diversion.

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 anticipate that some cars will choose to divert through Bradford-on-Avon, Trowbridge and within Bath. In the period leading up to the bridge closure, we will work with Wiltshire Council and others to look at what traffic management measures are appropriate to minimise the adverse impacts caused by the bridge closure.

  • 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 cleveland_bridge@bathnes.gov.uk