Coronavirus (COVID-19): road changes and suspensions of parking bays

Coronavirus (COVID-19): road changes and suspensions of parking bays

Latest and upcoming changes, pedestrianisation of the Old City and how to make a suggestion.

We're opening up road space usually reserved for parking and driving to cyclists and pedestrians to:

  • allow better social distancing, especially in local shopping areas
  • encourage people to travel by bike or walk

We’ll consult with local residents, businesses and ward councillors to see how long these changes will be in place or whether they should be permanent.

Changes already made

  • Bedminster Parade: parking bay suspended and pavement widened.
  • Clifton Village: suspension of parking bays on Princess Victoria Street between Regent Street to The Mall, and on the east side of The Mall between Princess Victoria Street and Caledonia Place.
  • Henleaze Road and Westbury Village: parking bays suspended and pavements widened in retail area.
  • Old City: parking bays suspended and pavements widened
  • St Mark’s road, Easton: most parking bays suspended on St Mark’s Road between Berwick Road and east side of Henrietta Street.
  • North street, Bedminster: parking bay suspended and pavement widened in retail area.

Upcoming changes

July 2020

  • Clifton Triangle: widened pavement in retail area through parking bay suspension and traffic lane removal.
  • Stapleton Road, Easton: parking bay suspended and pavement widened in retail area.
  • Mina road, St Werburgh’s: suspension of parking and temporary road closure in retail area.
  • Lewins Mead, St James's Barton: creation of new cycle lanes.
  • Merchants Road Bridge, Hotwells: creating cycle lanes and widening footway for pedestrians on Harbour loop by giving southbound traffic priority and removing a traffic lane.
  • King Street: widened pavement in recreational area through suspension of parking bays and timed street closure.
  • Old City: timed street closures.
  • Victoria street and Counterslip near Bristol Bridge: creation of segregated cycle lanes.

August 2020

  • Bristol Bridge and Baldwin Street: closing the roads to general through-traffic for pedestrians, cycling and sustainable transport.
  • Lewins Mead and Stokes Croft: creation of new cycle lanes.
  • Upper Marlborough Street and Park Row: removal of parking and traffic lane where necessary to widen pavements for pedestrians.

September and October 2020

  • Cumberland road: more cycling space and creation of segregated cycle lanes.

Dates may  change.

Pedestrianisation of the Old City 

We’re making changes to parts of the Old City area and Bristol Bridge sooner than planned because of coronavirus (COVID-19). We want to follow this with a larger scheme, closing the whole of the Old City to traffic for specific parts of the day. 

  1. In place: Corn St and Clare St closures, parking suspensions
  2. From 18 July 2020 onwards: St Stephens, St Nicholas and Broad St limited closures (Thursday and Friday evenings and weekends)
  3. Late summer 2020: further pedestrianisation using temporary orders, with morning loading window Monday  to Saturday
  4. Early 2021: all changes made permanent


We’ve suspended all parking bays and parking permits in the streets below in the Central Parking Zone (CPZ) This will allow us to widen the pavements and allow better social distancing:

  • Baldwin Street 
  • St Stephens Street 
  • St Stephens Avenue 
  • Clare Street 
  • Broad Street 

Closures of Clare Street and Corn Street will follow from 3 July. 

This suspension could last for several months, depending on government guidance. You’ll still be able to access these streets for loading and deliveries. Blue badge parking on double yellow lines will continue as long as it does not block roads or pavements.

Parking permits

Any parking permits affected by this change will now be valid in:

  • Redcliff Street
  • High Street
  • Marsh Street (Queen Square Side of Baldwin Street)
  • Queen Charlotte Street

Check other planned road closures and current roadworks on Travel West.

Make a suggestion

Use our map to suggest walking and cycling improvements that would make social distancing easier and reduce risks of spreading coronavirus.

You can:

  • tell us about safety concerns
  • ask us to make physical changes
  • suggest a one way system on high streets
  • ask to have new parking restrictions in place to create or increase number of cycle lanes

If you have any queries, you can: