A stretch of the busy path through Bristol’s Castle Park will be closed to cyclists and pedestrians today (Friday, January 28).
The closure was scheduled to commence at 9.30am this morning and is expected to last until 4pm while works are carried out.
It affects the part of the path between Castle Bridge – the windy bridge that leads to Left Handed Giant – to the old depot near the Castle Street entrance.
It is understood that people will still be able to pass through the park but will not be able to use the designated path, and diversion signs will be in place.
The closure is to allow for works at the energy centre currently being built at Castle Park, as part of the Bristol Heat Network.
Bristol City Council’s parks department tweeted about the closure yesterday (Thursday).
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The post advised: “The dual cycle and pedestrian pathway in Castle Park – from the old depot area close to the Castle Street entrance to the Castle Bridge – will be temporarily closed between 9.30am and 4pm.
“Signposted diversions will be in place on site. This closure is to safely allow necessary utility connection works at the new Energy Centre in the old park depot site. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
The busy route is part of the National Cycle Network Route 4, according to Sustrans.
The energy centre will be delivered by the council and Goram Homes in partnership with Vital Energi.
According to Goram Homes, the water source heat pump will take water from the Floating Harbour and use it to generate heat and hot water for local businesses and residents.
Throughout last year the footpath between Castle Park Landing and the walkway leading to St Philip’s Bridge was closed to allow for the works to commence.