Work to install temporary toll booths on both sides of the Clifton Suspension Bridge will take place on Friday 8 June 2018, in preparation for the start of construction of the new permanent toll houses later this year.
To enable the safe installation of the portakabins, the bridge will be closed to traffic from 9.30am on Friday 8 June and will remain closed during the day until the work has been completed. Bridge Master, Trish Johnson, said: “We will be craning the structures into place which requires the temporary closure of the road. Naturally the weather will have a bearing on how long it takes, we have therefore allowed up to a day to complete the works but the bridge will re-open as soon as possible. We realise this is an inconvenience and will do our utmost to minimise any disruption to peak-time travel.”
During the closure pedestrians will still be able to use the bridge, but cycling will be prohibited. Cyclists may dismount and walk across the bridge, but as only one narrow footway will be open, cyclists are requested to avoid using the bridge if possible.
Plans for the new permanent toll houses were approved by Bristol City Council and North Somerset Council last year and a contractor is due to be appointed in June. The new buildings will replace the existing 1950s toll houses on the Clifton side of the Bridge and the 1970s addition on the Leigh Woods side, as these facilities are no longer fit for purpose. The original toll houses on the Leigh Woods approach are to be retained and carefully refurbished.
“This is an exciting time for us at the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust,” said Trish. “The new toll houses will respond better to the context of the listed Bridge and will also provide up-to-date accommodation for the staff that meets our current operational requirements.”
Construction work on the new toll houses is due to start this summer and it is anticipated that they will be fully operational by early 2019.
More information will follow after the contractor has been appointed.