Bristol University's Plans to close Tyndall Avenue

Oct 4, 2019

The University's application to close this road to traffic and to create what they misleadingly describe as 'an enhanced public realm' was heavily criticised by BCC's Strategic City Transport department.

CHIS is pleased to note that this application has now been withdrawn.

Many felt that this was an attempt to grab public space and make it part of the university 'campus'. CHIS objected strongly to the application on a number of grounds, notably traffic congestion, pedestrian safety, and loss of parking spaces.

It seems that the University now wants to make Tyndall Avenue into a one-way street for cars (east to west), with buses and cycles able to drive in both directions. Plans are afoot to close to traffic (except cycles) the section of Woodland Road between Senate House and St Michaels Avenue and to turn the latter into a one-way street (west to east) with buses and cycles again permitted two way access.

Some local residents fear that these plans will serve to divert traffic into St Michael's Hill, already a heavily congested area, and into Elton Road with possible consequences for Bristol Grammar School.

No formal applications have yet been submitted to BCC.

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