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Traffic to be banned from Bristol centre once a month

Cars will be banned from the centre on one Sunday every month Photo: ITV News West Country

Bristol city centre is to be closed to traffic once a month under a new plan announced today by Mayor George Ferguson.

Making Sundays Special will ban motor traffic from the streets in a move aimed at encouraging community groups, artists and street performers to take its place.

Initially, once a month over the summer, the scheme is expected to become weekly. It could also be extended to include more streets if successful.

It is the latest, arguably most controversial move by the Mayor, who wants to follow the example set by Bristol's twin French city Bordeaux and Columbian capital Bogota.

The closure will start on 23 June and continue on 21 July, 18 August, 29 September and20 October

The streets closed include all those in the Old City area, Baldwin Street and King Street.

The first event coincides with Bristol’s Big Green Week, when in addition to the road closures on the map, Park Street will also be closed to traffic.

George Ferguson hopes the move will open the centre up to people Credit: Rod Minchin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

I want to see a city centre that is buzzing with life and activity. This isn’t closing roads, it’s opening them to people!

Bristol city centre was designed to be enjoyed. With traffic-free streets and plenty ofactivity, it will open up a world of new possibilities for creative, active and organisedgroups and others to get out in the fresh air and show us what they can do.

– George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol