Brunel Swivel Bridge

  • 11 January 2012 3-6pm: Create Centre, Smeaton Road. Drop in event about Brunel Swivel Bridge Project. See the plans, hear the ideas, see the site and let us have your views.
  • Brunel Bridge plan dropped 29 December 08: Plans for a Festival Way cycling and walking route from Hotwells to Ashton Court and on to Nailsea were intended to bring back into use Brunel’s 160 year old swing bridge that crossed the entrance lock at the western end of the Cumberland Basin. The bridge ceased to be used in 1968 after the new flyover system was built but remains in situ in the ‘open’ (to navigation) position in the shadow of the high level swing bridge and flyover system.
    But a recent press release from Sustrans says “The path will cross new lock gates at Brunel’s old swing bridge in the Cumberland Basin before going under the flyover”. The use of the word “at” rather than “on” (Brunel’s bridge) is much more significant than a quick reading would suggest, although the word “near” would be more honest. This confirms suspicions that Bristol City Council are reluctant to restore the historic bridge to working order and will come as a great disappointment to those Bristolians who have pressed for this over many years. Chris Hutt, Green Bristol Blog
  • 15 January 08: People from across the UK voted for which bid should get the money from the People’s £50 Million Lottery contest. Sustrans got nearly half the 300,000 votes cast following head-to-head TV bidding. It beat the Eden Project, Sherwood Forest and the Black Country Urban Park. One route Sustrans is planning is Festival Way, linking central Bristol to the Ashton Court Estate, continuing to Long Ashton through Flax Bourton, Backwell, and ending in Nailsea.The Cumberland Basin will be made much easier to use for pedestrians and cyclists, and Brunel’s Swivel Bridge, which has been closed since the late 1960s, will be reopened. It is likely that £250,000 is earmarked for its restoration.
    David Neale and Ross Floyd’s illustrated web page on The Bristol City Docks, The Locks and Brunel’s Swivel Bridge
    Sustrans submission to Council