Clifton Suspension Bridge toll houses to be demolished
PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 January 2019
Historic toll houses at the Clifton Suspension Bridge will be torn down this month.
Building work is taking place over the next few months to improve the attraction’s facilities.
The old 1950s toll booths on the Bristol side of the bridge and the 1970s ones near Leigh Woods are to be demolished.
New stone buildings, offering better working space and amenities will be built in their place. They will be in operation 24/7.
The Victorian toll houses on the North Somerset side will be retained and refurbished.
Work began at the start of the month and will see the old tolls pulled down on January 19-20.
To allow the work to proceed, the bridge will be closed to road traffic from 8am on January 19 until 6pm the following day. A diversion down the A369 Rownham Hill will be in place.
Pedestrians and cyclists walking their bikes will be able to cross the bridge as normal.
Trish Johnson, bridge master said: “The bridge is a grade I-listed structure and more than 150 years old, so requires ongoing work to make sure it can continue to operate effectively and meet modern day needs.
“This is an exciting project which will both improve the setting of the bridge and provide better working conditions for our attendants, who do a fantastic job as curators of the bridge, round the clock and in all weathers.
“The build will however be a challenging time for pedestrians and traffic.
“We will do everything we can to help minimise the impact on users and our neighbours during the construction period and ask everyone to bear with us over the coming months.”
The Clifton Suspension bridge Trust says works will be phased around peak commuter travel times to try to reduce any disruption.
Beard has been appointed as the contractor for the project.
Its regional director, Mike Hedges, said: “We are very pleased to have been awarded this unique refurbishment project on the Clifton Suspension Bridge – one of the nation’s most iconic structures.
“We will be working closely with the trust, local authorities and the community to minimise disruption to bridge users during the project.”
The Clifton Suspension Bridge opened in 1864, more than 30 years after building work began.