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Landslip in Bristol closes main route for 'foreseeable future'

A huge section of a retaining wall has collapsed in Bristol, forcing a main arterial road in and out of the city to close.

Bristol City Council has confirmed Cumberland Road "will remain for foreseeable future", with suggestions it may not reopen until mid-February.

There is not thought to have been any injuries or damage to property following the slip.

Engineers are on site inspecting the damage. Credit: Bristol City Council

The road runs adjacent to the River Avon and the wall itself also supports the Chocolate Path, which has been shut for a number of years for safety reasons.

Engineers are on site conducting safety surveys, while the council says it is in discussion with the contractor about stabilising what’s left of the path and heritage railway.

How will it effect your journey?

  • The embankment - between Mardyke Ferry Road and Avon Crescent - has collapsed into the New Cut River Avon, closing the road above the path too.
  • Five Metrobus stops are also out of action with services instead operating via the A370 and Coronation Road.
The landslip has closed the major arterial road in and out of the city.

While Bristol City Council has not confirmed when Cumberland Road will be closed traffic monitoring site Inrix lists its closure until February 13.

The Chocolate Path and harbour railway closed in 2017 due to an underground landslip. The council has allocated millions of pounds to repair it, with tenders for the job shutting on Friday January 24.

Two companies bid for the work, and the council are discussing designs that were put in place to see what, if any changes, need to be made following the collapse.

We have been working hard to plan repair works and tenders for the work have just closed. Over £9m has been allocated to repairs and maintenance of the Cumberland Road wall and Chocolate Path by Cabinet.

– Kye Dudd, Bristol City Council