Why we're repairing Redcliffe Bridge, why work stopped, and how long the repairs will take.

We restarted work to refurbish Redcliffe Bascule Bridge in June 2022.

image It crosses the harbour from Redcliffe Way to Welsh Back (4.32 MB) . It's expected to be completed early in 2023. 

Why work stopped 

Repairs were started in January 2021, but the contractor went into administration and ceased to trade. 

We're working with a new contractor to carry out the remaining works.  

Temporary closure of the bridge

Since 20 September the bridge has been closed so the span could be lifted to carry out repairs to the mechanical and electrical systems.


Redcliffe Bridge will reopen on one side of the bridge for:

  • pedestrians from 5pm on Friday 18 November
  • cyclists and general traffic from midday on Monday 21 November

One footway will be available for pedestrians and one lane for general traffic, including cyclists. Two-way traffic flow will be controlled with temporary traffic signals. Some delays are likely.

The bridge can only be partially reopened as we waterproof and resurface the deck in stages.

Bristol Bridge diversion will end

From midday on 21 November, general traffic will no longer be able to follow the Bristol Bridge diversion, which will revert back to a bus gate. Signs will be displayed to warn drivers of the change.


While Redcliffe Bascule Bridge is closed, you will be diverted across Bristol Bridge.

This will temporarily allow access to all traffic following the official diversion without incurring fines.

Pedestrians can also plan their route on this interactive map.

Bus services are also being diverted during the closure.

What the repairs will involve 

The work will involve important structural, mechanical and electrical repairs to allow the bridge to open properly and let larger boats through.  

It will also protect the structural integrity of the bridge, reducing the need for future repairs. 

Further stages of works  

Further stages of work will require some lane closures and temporary traffic signals, but Redcliffe Bascule Bridge will reopen to traffic and pedestrians.  

How much the repairs will cost 

The refurbishment is expected to cost around £2.85 million.  

This will be covered by money already set aside from Bristol's capital funding programme. 

About Redcliffe Bridge 

Redcliffe Bascule Bridge was built in 1942 to link Queen's Square to the city centre.  

It's made up of two fixed spans and a lifting ‘bascule' span which allows larger boats to enter Welsh Back, a wharf alongside the floating harbour.  

The bridge underwent a major refurbishment in 1996. This included replacing the original timber deck with a new steel deck and replacing the electrical control system.  

Those repairs are more than 25 years old and need to be upgraded to modern standards.