Great Bristol Run 2022: Which roads will be closed during family mile, 10k and half marathon - when will they reopen?

Numerous roads are set to close across the day - here’s the full list

The Great Bristol Run will return to its famous route under the Clifton Suspension Bridge this Sunday, starting and finishing in the heart of the city.

The event, on September 25, will see thousands of runners descend on the city to tackle three routes - the family mile, the 10k and the gruelling Bristol half marathon.

The event, on September 25, will see thousands of runners and spectators descend on the city.

Most of the action will take place in and around the city centre, triggering dozens of road closures that are handy to know about - particularly as they affect major routes and some bus services.

Here’s a full list of expected road closures and how long they will be in place for.

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Which roads will be closed for the Great Bristol Run 2022?

There will be a rolling program of road closures starting with Anchor Road from 4am in order to ensure a safe running route for people taking part in the Great Bristol Run.

Roads will be reopened in phases once each section is clear of runners, litter and event infrastructure.

During the road closure vehicular access will not be possible, unless otherwise stated or pre-agreed, the organisers have said.

Pedestrian and emergency service access will be maintained to all properties throughout the event.

  • Anchor Road will be closed between 4am and 5pm - Lime/Kiln Road/Cannons Way residents will be able to enter and exit via Partition Street and Lower College Street across Anchor Road until 8.30am and after 12.30pm, once it is safe to move vehicles 

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  • Hotwell Road (outbound from the city) to Humphry Davy Way will be closed between 6.30am and 1pm - access to Dock Gate Lane, Pembroke Place, Rownham Mead, Charles Place, Oakfield road and Merchants road will be restricted between closure times. Vehicles will be permitted to exit streets and drive towards Jacob Wells roundabout on Hotwell Road until 8.30am. Hotwell Road will remain open to traffic at all times on the inbound to city of the road, towards Jacob Wells roundabout.
  • Hotwell Road at Bennett Way to A4162 Sylvan Way including the A4 Portway and Bridge Valley Road will be closed between 6am and 2.30pm - residents living on the Portway between Sylvan Way and Riverleaze are able to use a vehicle lane installed for the event. Residents are permitted to enter at the Sylvan Way junction to the Portway and exit on to Riverleaze. Residents are asked not to park cars on the road to ensure access can be maintained.
  • Avon Crescent, McAdam Way, Brunel Lock Road, Brunswick Place, Cumberland Road, Wapping Road, Gas Ferry Road, Hanover Place, Mardyke Ferry Road, Smeaton Road, Ashton Avenue and Commercial Road will be closed between 5.30am and 4pm - Residents will be able to exit until 8.30am. If you require your car between 8.30am  and 2pm, organisers recommend you park outside of the road closure area. Avon Crescent can exit on to Brunel Way Southbound at all times.
  • Redcliffe Street, The Grove, Prince Street, Wapping Road, Queen Square, Welsh Back, Little King Street, Queen Charlotte Street, Baldwin Street, Marsh Street, Broad Quay, Three Queen’s Ln, St Thomas Street and Victoria Street will be closed between 6am and 3.30pm - Residents will be able to exit until 8.30am. Queen Charlotte Street NCP Car Park can exit on to Baldwin Street and on to High Street until 9.45am.
  • Redcliffe Hill (inbound traffic), Redcliffe Way towards Temple Circus, Victoria Street, Counterslip, Queen Street, Castle Street, Lower Castle Street, Broad Weir, Newgate, Wine Street and High Street will be closed between 5.30am and 3pm - Residents will be able to exit until 8.30am. If you require your car between 8.30am and 3pm we recommend you park outside of the road closure area.

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  • Colston Ave, St Augustine’s Parade, Park Street/ College Green (access only as far as Anchor Rd and the Marriott Hotel), Lewin’s Mead, Christmas Street and Quay Street, will be closed between 7am and 1pm - vehicle access into The Centre is restricted during closure time. If you require your car between 8.30am and 3.30pm organisers recommend you park outside of the road closure.
This year’s event will also host the second annual Visually Impaired (VI) Runners 10k Challenge – currently the UK’s only dedicated race for blind and partially sighted runners.

How long will the road closures be in place?

Most of the road closures will be operational from 8.30am on Sunday - however, some will close as early as 4am, so be sure to double check the list above.

Great Bristol Run organisers have said that all roads will be reopened by 5pm, if not before.

But they also stressed that this is an estimate and subject to change depending on how everything pans out on the day.

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What bus services are affected by Great Bristol Run 2022 road closures?

Numerous bus routes have been affected by the road closures in central Bristol, with many services having to divert and certain bus stops not in use during the event.

Most services should be back to normal by 5pm, said First Bus, although this could change.

Here are some of the major routes affected:

  • Services X1, X4, X7 and X9 will be unable to serve Anchor Road 

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  • Service 1 and 2 heading towards Cribbs Causeway: Normal route to Temple Meads, using the bus stop on the main Temple Way (T2) instead of the usual stop at the bottom of Victoria Street (T7). Then, diverted via; Temple Way, complete length of Bond Street (stop S8), St James Barton roundabout, Marlborough Street, Upper Maudlin Street, Park Row resuming normal route from the top of Park Street.
  • Service 1 and 2 heading towards Broomhill and Stockwood: Normal route to the top of Park Street then diverted via; Park Row, Perry Road, Upper Maudlin Street, Marlborough Street, St James Barton roundabout, The Haymarket, Bridewell Street, Nelson Street, Union Street, The Horsefair, Penn Street, Lower Castle Street, Old Market roundabout, Temple Way resuming normal route from Temple Meads.
  • Service 3 and 4 towards Cribbs Causeway: From Union Street diverted via; Rupert Street, St Johns Bridge, Lewins Mead, The Haymarket, St James roundabout, Marlborough Street, Upper Maudlin Street, Perry Road and Park Row resuming normal route from the top of Park Street.
  • Service 3 and 4 towards Broadmead: Normal route to the top of Park Street then diverted via; Park Row, Perry Road, Upper Maudlin Street, Marlborough Street, The Haymarket, Bridewell Street and Nelson Street terminating at normal stop in Union Street.
  • Bus stops at Victoria Street, Wine Street/Union Street, Broad Weir, The Centre and College Green will not be served in either direction during the event.

For a full list of Bristol bus services affected by the Great Bristol Run, visit the First website.

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Will the Clifton Suspension Bridge be closed during the Great Bristol Run?

No. Even though runners tackling the 10k and half marathon are set to run under the Clifton Suspension Bridge along the Portway, the bridge itself will remain open to traffic and pedestrians at all times.

The Great Bristol Half Marathon route takes runners through the city centre

What happens if I leave my car on a closed road during the Great Bristol Run?

If you require your car or vehicle during closure times, organisers recommend you park outside of the road closure area.

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Cars parked on closed roads may be uplifted if parked in suspended spaces and no movement of cars is permitted during road closures. Warning signage and No Parking cones will identify these areas.

If your vehicle is uplifted, it will be moved to Portwall Lane Car Park or the SS GB car park depending on which is nearest.

For queries on the day email [email protected] or call 0808 164 4654.

More information can be found on the Great Bristol Run website.