Bristol Cycling Campaign response to the Bristol & Bath Railway Path concept designs

Bristol Cycling Campaign response to Bristol & Bath Railway Path concept designs

Update: 23 January 2019

Sustrans is holding a drop-in session ‘to explore the latest designs and to help us balance the different ideas as we develop the details together’ for the railway path. Details for the session are:

Monday 24 February
Easton Community Centre, Kilburn Street, Easton, Bristol BS5 6AW (next to the BBRP)

Bristol Cycling Campaign response

The Bristol & Bath Railway Path is an important asset for local cycling. Increasing use of the Railway Path (by cyclists and pedestrians) has led to calls for a reduction in conflict between pedestrians and cyclists. Sustrans is using Department for Transport funding for ‘a community-led re-design to improve the quality of the existing Bristol and Bath railway path’.

The work is to be undertaken at the Bristol end of the Railway Path between Clay Bottom and Trinity Street.

Bristol Cycling Campaign has significant concerns over some of the proposals contained in the concept designs created by Sustrans. We have submitted a comprehensive document to Sustrans which provides our feedback on the proposals.

We regard the east Bristol section of the Railway Path as the most important cycling infrastructure in the City and welcome steps to improve the Railway Path for all users. Bristol Cycling Campaign believes the route should be widened throughout the busy section of the park to facilitate the separation of cycles and pedestrians. However the concept designs created to date do not propose this.

We are objecting to a series of proposed obstacles that will hinder, rather than help, cycling on the Railway Path, and we regret that many opportunities to improve the Railway Path were not included in the proposals, such as reinstating the footbridge next to Whitehall Primary connecting Johnsons Rd and Bruce Rd.

We are hopeful that our concerns about the proposals for the Railway Path are taken into consideration rather than the proposed anti-cycling measures implemented.

You can read about the Sustrans Concept Designs and our response in the PDFs: