Gaol Ferry Steps

Gaol Ferry Bridge Closure

Restoration works are planned for Gaol Ferry Bridge, with people encouraged to support Wapping Wharf's independent businesses by using the alternative routes to the neighbourhood once the bridge is closed.

Bristol City Council says preparatory works are taking place with the closure date not yet confirmed, so for now, Gaol Ferry Bridge - a key route that connects south Bristol to Wapping Wharf - is open as usual. 

Once the closure is in place, people heading to Wapping Wharf from Southville will be able to cross the river from Coronation Road using Vauxhall Bridge to reach Cumberland Road. People coming from Bedminster will be able to cross Bedminster Bridge onto Commercial Road. Diversion route maps are currently being drawn up by the council.

Stuart Hatton, managing director of Umberslade, the developer behind Wapping Wharf, said: "We understand the need to carry out essential works to Gaol Ferry Bridge. However, we are concerned about the impact of its closure on the community of independent businesses at Wapping Wharf, particularly as this comes after a very challenging two years for the retail and hospitality sectors due to the pandemic. We are talking to the council about how this impact can be mitigated.

"We would encourage people to support this very special community of over 40 independent businesses by making use of alternative routes during the closure of the bridge."

The Wapping Wharf businesses are in discussions with Bristol City Council to ask that the works are carried out as efficiently as possible and to explore all opportunities to re-open the bridge, or provide access, as quickly as possible. 

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