Clifton Suspension Bridge is installing new toll barriers ahead of introducing card only payments from 4th July 2023.
In order to install the new toll barriers, the bridge will be closed to traffic and cyclists during off-peak hours on 4thJuly from 9.30am to 3.30pm. A diversion route will be signed using Bridge Valley Road, Brunel Way and Beggar Bush Lane.
From 3.30pm on 4th July to 8.00pm on 5th July there will only be one lane operational in each direction which may cause some delays. Motorists are advised to allow extra time for travel.
The Trust will also use this opportunity to carry out maintenance works. This will include repairs to the stonework on the Grade 1 listed toll house and inspection work on the bridge.
Trish Johnson, Bridge Master, said: “Our state-of-the-art new toll system will make it quicker and easier for drivers to cross the bridge and reflects the move to card-only for many services since the pandemic.
“This change is part of major programme of repairs and maintenance to the bridge over the last few years to make sure this iconic bridge remains fit for the future.”
Orbility will be supplying the new card payment barrier tolling solution. Jim Short, UK Sales Director said: “As a local resident and frequent user of the bridge, we are thrilled to have secured this important project and further build on our presence in Bristol and our existing parking solutions deployed at Bristol Airport, Bristol City Council and Millennium Square.
“We are excited to see our solutions installed at such an important and historic landmark and look forward to working with the bridge team.”
Trish continued: “We will need to close the bridge for one day to install the new tolling system. During the bridge closure pedestrians will still be able to use the bridge, using one of the footways but there will be no access for vehicles, and cycling will be prohibited. Cyclists may dismount and walk across the bridge, but due to the narrow footways, are requested to avoid using the bridge if possible.
“Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust wishes to apologise for the inconvenience which this closure will cause. We will still be operating with one lane open in peak hours but delays may be expected.”
Following the move to card only payments from 4 July, the toll will remain at £1 which can be paid by debit or credit card, bridge card or by Samsung, Google or Apple Pay.
If users are unable to pay by card, a bridge card can be purchased from Clifton Suspension Bridge atwww.cliftonbridge.org.uk/crossing-the-bridge/bridge-cards. This can be topped up online or by contacting the office.
More information, including frequently asked questions, can be found on the website at www.cliftonbridge.org.uk/crossing-the-bridge