The Living Heart for Bristol campaign aims to improve the central areas of Bristol and create new public space by diverting through-traffic.

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What we are proposing for Bristol is actually nothing new.  The process was started over twenty years ago with the opening of Queen Square and College Green.  Several people and organisations claimed at the time that removing through traffic would destroy the city centre.  Who would suggest building a dual carriageway through either of these places today? Read more…


Some cities, like Groningen or our twin city of Bordeaux, have taken the ‘big bang’ approach – making a big improvement in one go.  Others have done it gradually, step-by-step. Our neighbours in Bath have taken the gradual route and the centre of Bath is now a much better place than it was.  Either way can be made to work.  For this reason, we have started with a declaration of principles, rather than a specific plan.

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Breathing the air in Bristol City Centre is equivalent to smoking 27 cigarettes a day: Guardian article

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