St Philip's Causeway needs £23 million repair to avoid 'total removal'

December 05 2019
St Philip's Causeway needs £23 million repair to avoid 'total removal'

BRISTOL City Council is to ask for more than £20million of government money to try to fix St Philip's Causeway.

The 30-year-old structure which runs from Lawrence Hill to the A4 Bath Road needs major repairs and is unsafe, a council report says.

A cycle lane and footway could be created on the dangerous stretch of road, which is “on the verge of total removal”, under the plans.

Bristol City Council cabinet approved the next step in a bidding process from a government pot of money called the Challenge Fund.

It is also waiting to hear whether another bid for £3.9million from the Department for Transport (DfT) for general maintenance for roads, bus routes and cycleways, including mending potholes with recycled waste plastic, has been successful.

A report to cabinet said: “St Philips Causeway is now reaching 30 years old and requires its first major service.

We have already reduced the speed limit on the 1km structure to 40mph due to the condition of the central barrier.

The surface and waterproofing are at the end of life and the structural bearings need servicing.

The parapets do not meet safety standards for cyclists and the entire steel structure requires repainting as it is on the verge of needing total removal if it is not re-covered and re-protected.”

It said a new segregated cycle lane and footpath was being considered.

The council has submitted a formal expression of interest and will compile a full business case for the project if the idea meets with DfT approval.

Its bid would be for £21.7million of government money, with the council contributing about £1million.

The report said: “Other options considered for the bid included Vauxhall footbridge, the Avon Fixed Bridge and New Brislington Bowstring Bridge.

These were not taken forward due to not meeting the criteria set by the funding body, most notably the requirement that repairs must exceed £5million.”

Cabinet member for transport Cllr Kye Dudd said the £3.9million bid would “deliver extra resources to deal with structural carriageway repairs targeted at our strategic bus and cycle network”.

He said the money would help pay for an expanded programme of resurfacing work over the next two years, including using recycled waste plastic in the base layer of the road.

Cllr Dudd told the cabinet meeting on Tuesday, December 3 if the St Philips Causeway bid passed the next hurdle, a report would be brought back to cabinet for approval early next year.

By Adam Postans, Local Democracy Reporting Service