It’s great to be able to share some positive news. Both Gaol Ferry Bridge and the Chocolate Path will be re-opening in early September.
The Chocolate Path (a popular route for pedestrians and cyclists beside the New Cut) is re-opening on September 4th, after being closed for several years following a landslide and the collapse of part of the retaining wall in 2020. Update – there has been a delay, with the date now set to September 8th to allow time for the railings to be painted.
Gaol Ferry Bridge is re-opening at 5pm on September 8th. £1.5 million of essential repairs were necessary, including replacing structural steel work and rotten timbers. The extensive work meant that the bridge (a much-used pedestrian and cycle route between south and central Bristol) has been closed for about a year. Wapping Wharf, whose independent retailers were affected by the closure, are celebrating the re-opening with a bit of a street party, including music from The Ambling Band from 6.45pm.