The Bristol & Bath Railway Path at Staple Hill will be closed for up to six months from 1st September when work begins on widening Teewell Hill road bridge and demolishing the footbridge that runs alongside it.
The section that will be closed to cyclists and pedestrians for safety reasons runs from the access point at Signal Road westwards to the access point near Lower Station Road.
The Teewell Hill road bridge was built in the 1840s to carry traffic over the railway and was not designed to carry today’s volume and size of vehicles.
The steel footbridge will be removed and instead there will be footways on both sides of the widened road bridge, which highway chiefs say will provide better visibility and an improved bend for drivers coming from Teewell Hill to Station Road.
The programme of works also includes maintenance at Staple Hill Tunnel and the drainage system along the railway path, and the installation of new lighting along the path.
The alternative route will be via the Signal Road access ramp, Teewell Avenue, Seymour Road and the lane between numbers 24 and 26, Soundwell Road, Page Road, Upper Station Road, then Acacia Road and the access track there.