Clifton Suspension Bridge will be closed to traffic and cyclists from Saturday 9 March 08:00 to Sunday 10 March at 18:00 to carry out preparation work ahead of the construction of the new toll houses. It will remain open to pedestrians.
The work will focus on the installation of main carriageway drainage runs and services for the new toll houses. It will involve excavations across the carriageway on both sides of the bridge, by Beard, the contractor for the project.
A diversion route will be signed, using Bridge Valley Road, Brunel Way and A369 Rownham Hill.
Bridge Master, Trish Johnson, said: “It is intended that this is the last full weekend closure required for this project. Necessary excavations in the carriageway for services means the bridge cannot be crossed by any vehicles.
“During these bridge closures 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.”
The new toll houses will provide a compact, modern working environment for the Bridge attendants with the necessary spaces, amenities and facilities to enable them to operate effectively 24/7 and 365 days of the year. They will replace the outdated 1950s toll booths on the Clifton side of the Bridge and the 1970s addition to the original toll houses on the Leigh Woods side. The original Victorian toll houses on the Leigh Woods approach will be retained and carefully refurbished.
Trish continued: “Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust wishes to apologise for the inconvenience which this closure will cause. By carrying this work out at a weekend we will avoid disruptions to commuter traffic.”