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Public transport and sustainable travel

We are working with commercial bus operators and our contractors to keep buses running as smoothly as possible during the Bromley Heath Viaduct works.

The more people who take the bus instead of getting in their car will reduce the number of vehicles held up in delays through the contraflow. Most bus operators now offer free WiFi on their services so passengers can make use of their journey time more efficiently.

For details of bus services operating in the area visit

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Extra bus services during the works

As part of our commitment to helping reduce the impact of the viaduct works, we are increasing the frequency of the 18 service from Lyde Green to Southmead via the University of the West of England and Parkway Station. Services will increase from hourly to half hourly during peak hours in the morning and afternoon from 24 July. For a detailed timetable visit

Lyde Green Park and Ride

We are opening this new facility ahead of schedule in the week commencing 17 July to allow drivers to park on site and make their onward journey using public transport, car sharing or walking or cycling. There will be 102 spaces, 16 disabled bays, 24 cycle spaces and one motorcycle bay open for use initially with a further 144 spaces opening shortly.

A number of bus services already serve the park and ride including the X48, 18, 462 and 86. Please visit for details.

Directional signs will be placed along the ring road. The park and ride is located off the A4174 off the Rosary roundabout on Willowherb Road.

Cycling and walking

During the work programme, cyclists and pedestrians will be directed through the contraflow on the ring road. A separated pathway with a barrier from the main carriageway has been created and will begin after traffic has joined the contraflow and end before traffic rejoins the main carriageway.

Please note cyclists will be asked to dismount over the viaduct. This will be for the shortest section possible, where the footway is at its narrowest, and will prevent risk of injury or accident. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause but dismounting will be safer for all road users.

See the orange route on the below contraflow map.

Bromley Heath viaduct traffic management

Where other routes are closed to traffic, access for cyclists and pedestrians will be maintained.

Help available for cyclists and pedestrians

The works are an opportunity for those living more locally to travel more actively whether it is by cycling to work or walking your children to school.

The council is encouraging anyone who can travel on foot or by bike through the works to do so as regularly as possible. Just one or two days cycling or walking to work by bike will significantly reduce the amount of time you are sat in traffic per week.

There is a lot of support available to cyclists and pedestrians:

  • financial grants to encourage walking and cycling are available to employers. Businesses can apply to the council for grants covering 50% of costs for staff travel facilities, improvements, events, promotions or implementing new staff schemes or anything that will encourage sustainable, active travel. For more details contact
  • the council can provide free loan bikes for up to a month. Electric bikes, commuter bikes or fold-up bikes are available. Visit for more information.
  • our road safety team can offer advice and information to schools wishing to encourage pupils and parents to walk to school. We can also help set up a walking bus to enable more children to walk to school. Contact
  • employers can invite the TravelWest roadshow team to their premises to run staff engagement stalls on all the free offers available from the council, plus journey planning guidance, free maps and information. Contact for details or see our viaduct toolkit for businesses

Rail services

Stations in South Gloucestershire are located at Yate, Parkway and Pilning. For information on rail services go to

Car sharing

Journey and car sharing portal is a free to use website for commuters to discover other commuters to share compatible journeys across the West of England.

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