Cycle lanes on Whiteladies Road could be removed for flood prevention scheme

The proposal has gone out for consultation

Cycle lanes on both sides of a busy stretch of road in the city centre could be removed under plans to improve drainage and reduce the risk of flooding.

Bristol City Council is proposing the changes to the foot of Whiteladies Road, between the junctions of Tyndall’s Park Road and Queen’s Road, in Clifton.

The proposal includes a new drainage channel for water to flow away and replacement drainage covers.

The footpath on the righthand side, looking down toward Queen’s Road, would be widened onto the existing road to allow for areas of soft verge to absorb any overflowing water.

But it would also mean the road would be narrowed and the painted cycle lanes on both sides removed.

The proposal outlines plans to remove cycle lanes.

Councillor Don Alexander, cabinet member for transport, said: “Our streets are for everyone, and this part of Whiteladies Road clearly needs to be rethought.

“It is always a last resort to propose taking out cycle lanes, but the lack of space in this area means we need to consider it.

“A wider pavement would allow us to resolve the problems with flooding, while making the footpath safer and more accessible for all.”

The council does not believe the changes will affect the flow of traffic in either direction.

Residents can have a say on the plans until June 8.

Vehicle access to properties should also remain in place.

The advanced stop lines for cyclists at the traffic lights on Whiteladies Road will be unchanged.

Residents may have a say on this proposal by filling out a survey here.

The survey is open until June 8, 2022.

People may ask for a paper version of the proposal by emailing [email protected] or phone 0117 9036449