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Transport and Movement



Bristol’s transport infrastructure is critical in creating better connected and safer places. Our future-focused strategy puts economic recovery and renewal at its heart. We are proactively responding to changes in travel patterns, addressing air quality and connecting our residents to jobs, training and services with sustainable transport options.

  • Improve the transport network to meet increased demand from the growth in housing, jobs and regeneration
  • Create an inclusive transport system that provides affordable and convenient transport options for everyone
  • Create healthy places that promote active transport, improve air quality and improve road safety
  • Make better use of our streets to enable more efficient and sustainable journeys
  • Help make journeys more reliable and minimising the negative impacts of congestion


Our transport strategy aligns with our development priorities for Bristol. This means it will ensure we deliver homes, jobs and quality places, alongside improved connectivity and protection for our green spaces.

We are committed to improving transport options in communities experiencing long-term deprivation and ensuring there is a ‘just transition’ as we move to a zero-emission transport network.

Bristol Transport Strategy

Joint Local Transport Plan

Stapleton Road Station, view of train on the track

Accelerating the transformation of city centre transport

The city centre is Bristol’s most significant transport interchange with limited opportunities to create more physical space on the highway network. A key component of our strategy is to make the best use of the space we have available by prioritising more efficient modes of transport like walking, cycling and using public transport. Some of our recent improvements include:

  • Pedestrianising the Old City area by restricting vehicles during core business hours.
  • Introducing a bus priority route over Bristol Bridge and at the entrance to Baldwin Street to establish reliable bus journeys and dedicated walking and cycling areas.
  • Ensuring that significant junctions are improved for walking and cycling.


These improvements align with our ambition to make the city centre a destination for work, leisure, tourism and investment, key to our sustainable development goals:

  • The City Centre Framework set out ambitions for regeneration, land use, transport, public open space and quality and safe walking/cycling routes. SDG: 5.3, 11.2, 11.3, 11
  • Promote the city as a safe destination, including incentives to use public transport. SDG: 11.2
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Liveable neighbourhoods

As well as improvements to our key transport corridors and the city centre we are also promoting improvements in our local communities. Our primary strategy for communities is the creation of ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’.

Liveable neighbourhoods are designed with the local community through a process called co-design. They aim to prioritise walking, cycling, scooting and public transport trips within the boundary of a neighbourhood as an alternative to people passing through the area by car. There is still vehicular access to properties and businesses for local residents and visitors across the scheme area, but through the strategic placement of ‘modal filters’ more sustainable means of travel is encouraged.

Following extensive community engagement, Bristol is currently delivering the trial phase of its first scheme in East Bristol. Find out more about our Liveable Neighbourhoods.


This project directly drives both a core principle of our transport strategy:

  • Cycling to be safe, segregated from other modes wherever possible, simple, accessible and convenient, either as an option for the whole journey or as part of a journey combined with public transport.

And, our city-wide Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) development framework:

  • Promote the city as a safe destination, including incentives to use public transport, SDG 11.2
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Regional and local mass transit transport plan

For Bristol to be an attractive place to work, live and visit for everyone, it needs a transport network that supports the local economy, enhances the urban environment, and contributes to high-quality, people friendly places.

Building on the success of the three-cross boundary metrobus services, the city is working with its neighbouring local authorities and the West of England Combined Authority to improve the efficiency, capacity, and reliability of public transport services on key roads such as the A4, A37 and A4018. Extensive bus priority measures will pave the way for more frequent public transport options, with increased capacity, to make it the most convenient option for residents and visitors travelling along these routes.

In addition, funding is also being allocated to local railway stations. Portway Park and Ride Station opened in summer 2023, and it will be followed by Ashley Down Station in summer 2024. Improving the accessibility of existing stations is also underway, alongside the funding for improving service frequency.


Our commitment to these broader plans drives two of our core Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Accelerate infrastructure investment to create the conditions for equitable and sustainable growth. SDG: 9.1, 11.2
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Contact the team

Jack Allan

Economic Development Manager