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Operational Note: Cumberland Basin Road closed to traffic this Sunday

Operational Note: Cumberland Basin Road closed to traffic this Sunday

Sluice gate paddle works at Howard Lock require a road closure during daylight hours on Sunday 1 August

30 July 2021

A road closure is needed to allow room for a crane to support investigations into an 11-metre-long sluice gate paddle that appears to be broken at the main entrance lock to the Cumberland Basin.  The works are essential and urgent as the broken paddle means we are unable to facilitate ships arriving or departing seaward until the issue is rectified.

Traffic wanting to head towards the Portway from the western end of Cumberland Basin Road will need to divert around Gurney roundabout. The footway will remain open and can be shared between pedestrians and cyclists.

Diversion signs for traffic will be in place and there could be a small impact to bus services. For up-to-date travel and bus service information, including MetroBus, please visit the TravelWest website.

A Bristol City Council spokesperson said:

“On the evening of Saturday 24 July one of the north outer sluice gates to the Cumberland Basin entrance lock failed. This caused water to flow through continuously which means we cannot currently fill up the entrance lock properly.

“This needs to be investigated and the only way to repair gates safely is with a crane which will temporarily close Cumberland Basin Road.

“We understand that this will cause some disruption for citizens, for which we apologise. We ask road users to bear with us while we complete these urgent Harbour works which are designed to be carried out swiftly and to prevent any longer-term disruption in the future.’’

Works are not expected to last longer than one day and Cumberland Basin Road should be back to normal on Monday 2 August.

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