Green bridge for M32

by Julian Mellor
on Wednesday 18 Jun 2003

type: Press Release
topic: Miscellaneous
region: Bristol
Press Release
Green Bridge for M32 and Stapleton Road, Bristol

Within days of the M32 being blamed for Bristol's failure to gain European City of Culture status, proposals have emerged for a green bridge to cross the M32.

The plans are part of a new action plan to make Stapleton Road in Easton, Bristol a better place to live, work and play.

Bristol East Side Traders have been working with a team of consultants comprising David Wilson Partnership, 2md and Imayla to find out what local residents, businesses and organisations think should be done to improve Stapleton Road. 

Peter Leaver of David Wilson Partnership said:
"Shoppers, residents and businesses told us that the best things about Stapleton Road are the diversity and friendliness of the local community and the wide range of shops and services. But they are worried about the derelict properties, difficult parking and the levels of crime".

The action plan, which members of the public are being invited to comment on this week, includes proposals for a green bridge, a 'town centre manager', redevelopment of gateway sites and ways of improving traffic and parking.

The green bridge will cross the M32 close to the existing railway bridge. It will make Stapleton Road much easier and safer to reach for shoppers coming from St Werburghs, Montpelier and St Pauls. The proposal is inspired by the green bridge at Mile End Park in London and by ideas which have been circulating in the local community for some years. The bridge would be about 15m wide, would have pedestrian and cycle ways and be landscaped with trees, bushes and grass. It will cost about £10m. Funding could come from neighbouring developments, Europe and other government sources.

Sandeep Marwah, owner of Tangy Gifts at 286-288 Stapleton Road, said: "Stapleton Road is a unique and interesting place to run a business but it has suffered from its poor reputation. These great ideas will really help lift the profile of the area, make it easier to get to and encourage more people to visit and explore what the local businesses have to offer."

Conrad Peberdy, Property and Environment Officer at BEST said:
"Stapleton Road is a goldmine waiting to be discovered by the rest of Bristol. Local people have always known it has great shops. With the changes suggested in the Action Plan we hope that more people will come and visit the area and find out what they've been missing".

The public consultation on the Action Plan will take place at Easton Christian Family Centre which is located on Beaufort Street, off Stapleton Road and close to Easton Sports Centre. The proposals will be on display from Tuesday 17 June to Saturday 21 June. The consultants will be at Eaton Christian Family Centre on Saturday 21 June from 11am to 1pm to discuss the proposals with members of the public. The proposals will also be on view in the window of 276 Stapleton Road.