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Cleveland Bridge renovation project

Planning your journey

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.

Walking and cycling

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.

View public rights of way

View cycle routes

Park & Ride

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.

View Bath Park & Ride information

Bus services

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.

View Bath bus service information

Electric scooter and bicycle loan services

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.

Cars

Driving in the city centre

For cars and light goods vehicles (up to 7.5 tonnes), the diversion route will be via Windsor Bridge / A36 Lower Bristol Road / A4 Upper Bristol Road. Use the interactive Google map below to plan your journey. The proposed diversion results in an additional 4.5 miles journey distance, and a 15-25 minute increase in journey time.

A4, A3604, A36 and vice versa - Due to existing environmental access restrictions which protect the historic city centre, you will need to divert further if your vehicle is over 7.5 tonnes. 

Download a printable map

Through traffic

Through traffic not stopping in Bath will be directed to use the diversion to the east of Bath via the A36, A350 and A4. Use the interactive Google map below to plan your journey.

A36, A4, A4174, A420, A46 and vice versa

Download a printable map

Heavy goods vehicles and coaches

The following routes are recommended for vehicles which are not able to use Cleveland Bridge (the A36) until repairs have been done. Regional traffic travelling west or south should divert through Bristol (A420, A4174 and A4). Heavy goods traffic travelling to the north or east should divert to Chippenham via the A350 and A4.

Use the interactive Google maps below to plan your journey.

HGV west diversion

A36, A4, A4174, A420, A46 and vice versa

HGV east diversion

A36, A350, A4 and vice versa

Download a printable map

Within Bath city centre, some routes may have additional timed or 24-hour restrictions for heavy goods vehicles.