The closure of Cleveland Bridge will unfortunately affect congestion in Bath, both on the A36 and other roads, as people find alternative routes to get to their destination.
We will put in place some temporary measures with the aim of keeping traffic moving, but are encouraging anyone who can to use alternative ways to get around. Even if you don’t normally drive over Cleveland Bridge, the city centre will be much busier than normal, so consider using the Park & Ride sites, regular buses, or walking and cycling for shorter trips.
You can explore alternative travel options below, or if you want to compare different possibilities, use the Travelwest Journey Planner.
Although motor traffic on Cleveland Bridge will be restricted at the start and end of the renovation work, and completely banned for 12 weeks between May and August, the bridge will remain open for pedestrians and cyclists throughout the project. With a network of cycle routes and public rights of way, these may be the easiest and quickest options for shorter trips.
Bath's Park & Ride sites at Lansdown, Newbridge and Odd Down offer free parking and a quick and easy way into the city centre, with buses running up to every 12 minutes. While roads in the centre are likely to be more congested, using these services could save you time and trouble.
Bath has an extensive network of bus routes, offering a quick and easy way to get around the city centre. While roads in the centre are likely to be more congested, using these services could save you time and trouble.
If you are worried about COVID-19 on public transport, more active and environmentally friendly options for travelling on two wheels are also available:
- Electric scooters are now available for hire within the city centre and are a great way to make short journeys. Find out more.
- If you don’t own a bicycle, the Council has a free bicycle loan scheme that includes electric bicycles and even cargo bikes for businesses, which are ideal for city centre deliveries. Find out more.